Moogfest returns to Durham, North Carolina May 18-21, 2017. After a long tenure in Asheville, NC the celebration of music, technology, and culture migrated to Durham for 2016. The full Moogfest 2017 schedule is live! [Update: Check out the newest Moogfest 2017 lineup additions including DJ Premier, Zola Jesus, and King Britt]

As in past years, Moogfest hosts a slew of concerts, workshops, film screenings, sound installations, art experiences, and more. To dub Moogfest a music festival would be doing this event a severe injustice. It far surpasses mere music fest as an exploration of music, culture, and tech.

Musical highlights include “Stranger Things” soundtrack copmposers Kyle Dixon and Michael Stein of SURVIVE, Nick Zinner of the Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Animal Collective, Talib Kweli, Omar Souleyman, Flying Lotus, Peanut Butter Wolf, and Moor Mother.

Among the speakers, panelists, and workshop leaders, Michael Stipe R.E.M. lead singer and social justice pioneer will appear with a never-before-seen art installation at Moogfest 2017. The brilliant Dr. Kate Shaw, experimental partical physicist at the International Centre for Theoretical Physics holds a conversation on her work to inspire a new generation of scientists. Distinguished music professor Mark Katz, Ph.D. is slated to chat about his research into the intersection of hip hop and culture.

Moogfest is no ordinary music festival. With its talks, panels, and workshops, it celebrates the union several disciplines. Additionally, Moogfest features themes. For 2017, several recurring themes appear. There’s Black QUantum Futurism, the future of creativity, instrument design, hacking systems, STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Math), sci-fi and utopia, transhumanism, spatial sound, techno-shananism, and protest.

Moogfest swooped into NC in 2016 shortly after House Bill 2 (HB2). To show support for the LGBTQ community, Moogfest featured “Synthesize love” “#IllGoWithYou” stickers in protest. Plus, many venues hosting Moogfest events including Motorco and The Carolina Theatre of Durham featured signs encouraging festival goers to use whichever bathroom they preferred.

Moog-Synthesize-StickersFor 2017, a major theme of Moogfest is protest. A statement on the Moogfest website explains:

WE are the agents of change in this world. We are the artists, activists, and innovators who can raise consciousness and organize resistance to redesign our future. The forward movement of science and society doesn’t have to mean dystopia—it could mean more advanced problem-solving technology and increasingly innovative ways to use that technology for justice. So how can we use our resources to synthesize change? How do the musical and scientific instruments we dream of in our beds and tinker with in our homes light the way to future and better worlds?

Check out the full Moogfest 2017 lineup below, and grab your tickets here. Like Moogfest 2016, there’s a neat interactive schedule.

Stay tuned for more Moogfest 2017 coverage, and live festival coverage in May!

Future Sound

  • Flying Lotus
  • Animal Collective
  • Talib Kweli
  • Suzanne Ciani
  • Mykki Blanco
  • Derrick May
  • Gotye
  • Omar Souleyman
  • 808 State
  • Jessy Lanza
  • Simian Mobile Disco
  • Visible Cloaks
  • Moor Mother
  • Syrinx
  • Princess Nokia
  • Zola Jesus
  • S U R V I V E
  • Function
  • Peanut Butter Wolf
  • 3ZKL
  • Andrius
  • Avalon Emerson
  • BEARCAT
  • Baltra
  • Bosslady
  • Colleen
  • Container
  • DJ Chela
  • DJ Lance Rock
  • Dave Harrington
  • Deantoni Parks
  • Driftless Recordings
  • Elon Katz
  • Gaika
  • Greg Belson
  • JDH & Dave P
  • Jana Hunter
  • Jon Gibson
  • Jubilee
  • K-Hand
  • KING
  • Kill Alters
  • King Britt
  • Lady Fingers
  • Lafawndah
  • Laraaji
  • Laurie Spiegel (Score)
  • Lena Willikens
  • London O’Connor
  • Mallarme Chamber Players
  • Marisa Anderson
  • Mary Lattimore
  • McQueen Adams
  • Michael Winslow
  • Modular on the Spot
  • Mumdance
  • Nanny Cantaloupe
  • Nick Zinner
  • Not Waving
  • Noveller
  • Octo Octa
  • Pharmakon
  • Pie Face Girls
  • PlayPlay
  • Professor Toon
  • Pye Corner Audio
  • RBTS Win
  • RVNG Intl
  • Riddim Macka Sound System
  • Russell Butler
  • Ry X
  • Silent Servant
  • Sound Resurgence
  • Stones Throw/Leaving Records
  • Strider
  • Sudan Archives
  • Suzi Analogue
  • Tasha the Amazon
  • The Center for Deep Listening
  • The Haxan Cloak
  • VHVL
  • Wolf Eyes
  • ZenSoFly
  • amp

Future Thought

  • Michael Stipe
  • Dr. Kate Shaw
  • Joe Davis
  • Marc Fleury
  • Afrofuturist Affair
  • Zoltan Istvan
  • Magenta by Google Brain
  • Dave Smith
  • Metropolarity
  • 4ms Company
  • ATLAS @ CERN
  • Adam Rogers
  • Alexander Lerch
  • Alissa Derubeis
  • Amos Gaynes
  • Andy Cavatorta
  • Armida Ascano
  • Ashley Holtgraver
  • Audulus
  • Bastl Instruments
  • Berklee College of Music
  • Brandon Stosuy
  • Charles Nichols
  • Charlie Gersbach
  • Chris Ianuzzi
  • Christof Veillon
  • Control
  • Control Voltage
  • Copper Traces
  • Copper Traces
  • Critter & Guitari
  • Danny Deruntz
  • Dave Rossum
  • Dr. Timothy Hsu
  • Dreadbox
  • Duke University
  • EarthQuaker Devices
  • Elizabeth Traina
  • Elliot Inman
  • Enrique Martinez
  • Eric Lyon
  • Erogenous Tones
  • Felisha Ledesma
  • Flatsitter
  • Found Sound Nation
  • Frankie Decaiza Hutchinson
  • Gan Golan
  • Georgia Tech
  • Gerhard Behles
  • Gil Weinberg
  • Goldsmiths University of London
  • Google
  • Greg Fox
  • Halsey Burgund
  • IDEO
  • Ingmar Koch
  • Ivica Bukvic
  • Jacob Ganaway
  • Jason Evans Groth
  • Jason Freeman
  • Jessica Collette
  • Jil Christensen
  • Joe Zobkiw
  • Johnny Turpin
  • Johns Hopkins Peabody Institute
  • Joseph Murray
  • Josepha Haden
  • Julia Kaganskiy
  • Katherine Hayles
  • Keith McMillen Instruments
  • Kitsch-Bent
  • Krista Anne
  • Kyle Dixon & Michael Stein of S U R V I V E
  • Landscape Tapes
  • Lars Larsen
  • Lauren Di Monte
  • MIT Media Lab
  • MIT Open Doc Lab
  • MNDSGN
  • Make Noise
  • Mark Katz
  • Mark Kruse
  • Marshall Jones
  • Matt Brown
  • Matthew Davidson
  • Michael Ashton
  • Michael Bierylo
  • Michael Clamann
  • Michael Harren
  • Michael Hendrix
  • Mick Grierson
  • Miguel Nicolelis
  • Modal Electronics
  • Monte McCoin
  • Moon Modular
  • NCSU Libraries
  • NEW INC
  • Nathaniel Murphy
  • Nona Hendryx
  • Novation
  • ONO
  • Open Music Initiative
  • Park Krausen
  • Peter Bussigel
  • Peter Hyer
  • Phi Unit
  • Pierce Freelon
  • Public Science
  • Raj Bhakta
  • Rebecca Fiebrink
  • Reverb.com
  • Richard Boulanger
  • Rob Wall
  • Ron Morrison
  • Ryan Shaw
  • STG Soundlabs
  • Scott Metcalfe
  • Senator Jaiz
  • Sensel
  • Steady State Fate (SSF)
  • Stephanie Dinkins
  • Steve Goldfarb
  • Sunhouse
  • Synth Library
  • Synthrotek
  • Sythrotek
  • Taeyoon Choi
  • Tanner Upthegrove
  • ThinkingHz
  • Tim Johnston
  • Tlacael Esparza
  • Todd Bailey
  • Tom Richards
  • Tony Conrad: Completely in the Present
  • UNC
  • United Therapeutics
  • Universal Audio
  • Valencia Wood
  • Virginia Tech ICAT
  • Vivan Thi Tang
  • Voltage and Company
  • Walt Gurley
  • ZORX Electronics
  • Zena Loxton
  • omiindustriies
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