Michael Stipe returns to Moogfest

Article Contributed by UG Strategies | Published on Tuesday, May 1, 2018

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. Thibault Dance is the successor to Jeremy Dance, an original piece by Stipe that debuted at Moogfest last year as a tribute to Stipe’s longtime, departed friend Jeremy Ayers. 

“Thibault Dance is an enveloping turn on my work in video,” Stipe describes. “The material comes from the juxtaposition and friction of raw elements of physicality, performed to a reimagined musical score that heightens tension to create a portrait where awkwardness and grace coexist, shifting through vulnerability, discovery, and pure dance.”
The installation will be presented at the ground-level exterior of the historic Snow Building in downtown Durham and will be viewable throughout the festival.
New Additions to Programming
Moogfest is pleased to announce the addition of vanguard drone music composer Stephen O’Malley (Sunn O))), Khanate, Burning Witch) and pop experimentalist Angel Deradoorian (Dirty Projectors, Avey Tare) to its durational programming. The duo will come together for a collaborative four-hour performance on Saturday, May 19. Joining the festival’s nighttime lineup are genderqueer R&B futurist Mhysa and post-jungle beatmaker NO EYES of Suzi Analogue’s Never Normal Records. Durham-based noise-punk duo sister,brother have also been added to kick off the music on Thursday evening. In addition, renowned music educator Herb Deutch, who collaborated with Bob Moog on the development of the Moog Synthesizer, joins the daytime lineup for a conversation on Thursday, May 17.
The Reverb Record Fair Launches at Moogfest
Reverb LP Record Fair, an online marketplace for buying and selling records and other physical music, will bring their online experience to life through the Reverb LP Record Fair at this year’s festival. The fair will feature selections from All Day Records, Carolina Soul, and many more, and will present everything from obscure rarities to collection staples to boutique releases. 

“We love record stores like we love music instrument stores — they are important community hubs that support not only music creation, but also our ability to share and appreciate music and the people who create it,” said Jim Tuerk, Director of Business Development at music gear marketplace Reverb.com, which recently launched Reverb LP as a marketplace for records and other physical music. “Through the record fair at Moogfest, we’re excited to introduce attendees to both Reverb LP and a ton of great local record shops that can help them add to their collections.”

The Reverb LP Record Fair is free and open to the public from 10 a.m.–6 p.m. each day of the festival. Discounts from select records will be available, along with the option to ship your purchases home for free. 

Single Day Passes Available May 1
Individual Thursday, Friday, and Saturday passes to Moogfest 2018 can be purchased starting today with limited quantities available. Each pass is $99 plus fees and provides General Admission access to all events taking place on that particular day, spanning both daytime and nighttime events. Day passes can be purchased here.