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Moogfest, the annual celebration of the legacy of inventor and synthesizer pioneer Bob Moog, lit up downtown Durham this weekend in the festival’s third year with a fresh look, renewed energy, and major contribution to the city’s economy.

R.E.M. frontman and multimedia artist Michael Stipe will return to Moogfest this year to debut his new multimedia installation, Thibault Dance, the second in a series of audio-visual pieces created exclusively for the festival. Thibault Dance was shot by Stipe in New York City and features French dancer and researcher Thibault Lac, whose movements were then set to an original score created by Stipe.

Today, Moogfest unveils a festival lineup led by female, non-binary, and transgender artists, including a keynote conversation with privacy rights and political transparency activist Chelsea Manning on The Future of Creativity. The announcement is celebrated by ‘Always On’, a 50-hour livestream presented in partnership with Tom Tom Magazine from Today at 12:00 pm ET to 2:00pm ET on December 8, 2017. 

Moogfest came into orbit yesterday kicking off a sequence of events to our 4 days of synthesizing music, art, and technology. You could feel the electricity stirring in the air as people began to trickle into Durham. Beginning early in the day the Moog Pop-Up factory began building the Subsequent 37 CV synthesizer that debuted at the festival. The conjoined rooms at the Power Plant Gallery hosted an array of various synthesizers and manufacturers in the Modular Marketplace.

Today Moogfest announces their last and final additions to the 2017 festival, rounding out an already impressive lineup with DJ Premier, Zola Jesus, King Britt, Jana Hunter, Baltra, IDEO, Modular on the Spot, and Durham music collective The Floor. This announcement builds on Moogfest’s trajectory: balancing Future Sound (performances) and Future Thought (conference) conversations and workshops, with artists and technologists who participate in both sides of the program.

Today, Moogfest reveals its lineup of musical performers, led by Flying Lotus, Animal Collective, Gotye, Suzanne Ciani, Derrick May, 808 State, Simian Mobile Disco, Syrinx, Jessy Lanza, and Function. Building on the experimental format of previous years, Moogfest continues to integrate Future Sound (performances) and Future Thought (conference) programming, with many of these artists also leading sessions during the daytime conference program.
 

This year, for the very first time, Moogfest will partner with SXSW on a day-long program in Austin, TX.

To our global community of artists, technologists, futurists, and activists. Once again, we are stunned by discriminatory politics in our beloved home of North Carolina and across the U.S. Last March, North Carolina state legislature passed House Bill 2, which eliminated anti-discrimination protections for all lesbians, gays, and bisexuals, and barred transgender people from using bathrooms that do not match the gender they were born with.

In partnership, Moogfest and Art of Cool (AOC) present a first-time-ever promotion celebrating Durham’s diverse history in music, art and technology. For a limited time from today until December 5 at 11:59pm ET, and while supplies last, a DURM Flex Pass is available for purchase. Priced at only $249, DURM Flex pass offers full festival access to fans interested in attending both AOC Fest 2017 and Moogfest 2017.

Following a successful and acclaimed debut in Durham, Moogfest announced it will return to Durham in 2017, May 18-22.

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