Moogfest 2017 releases first round of weird, noisy and experimental performers

Posted by: brad – Jan 10, 2017


We had an absolute blast at Moogfest last year - it's weird and eclectic line up makes it a stand out among a growingly competitive and repetitive fest market, but this year is already lining up to be just as obscure and interesting after the first round of artists was announced today.

Check out our long form rundown from last year's fest - spoiler alert, it ruled.

Moogfest started in NYC in 2004 to honor the late, great synthesizer creator Dr. Robert Moog. It moved to Asheville, NC, Moog's home state, in 2010 and took over Durham for the first time last year.

While last year's event featured main stage talent from the likes of Sun O)))) and Grimes, this year's initial line up seems to be channeling the lesser known and more unique performers who utilize the famed electronic instrument.

Among those announced are:

Nona Hendryx

Hendryx's career has spanned decades and put her at the forefront of funk, soul, R&B, pop, hard-rock, new-wave, and new-age music. From being a member of the iconic trio ‘Labelle’ famous for their hit ‘Lady Marmalade’ to an 8 studio-album solo career to translating her passion for tech into a full-on 2nd career as a Visual Artist -- Hendryx is a constantly evolving creator and visionary.

Moor Mother

Philly based mega-weirdo DJ and performer Moor Mother will bring their terror-filled mix of lyrics and beats to the Durham stage in what is sure to be an unforgettable mix of good and horrifying.


Continuing the theme of throw-back weirdness, Canadian electronic music group Syrinx will reunite for a Moogfest performance that is sure to make modern vapourwave fans cream their ironic jeans.

Kyle Dixon and Michael Stein of S U R V I V E

The dudes behind the Netflix-Famous series Stranger Things's original sound track will make a stop and perform the show's incredible soundtrack in its entirety. Audiences will be fueled with nuances of forbidding eerie and sparse droning analog synths tinged with noirish ambient flourishes and menacing atonal extraterrestrial compositions.

Haxon Cloak featuring Yeah Yeah Yeah's guitarist Nick Zinner

London producer Bobby Krlic's dark ambient/drone project The Haxan Cloak is sure to add to the creepy vibes despite North Carolina's lovely Spring weather. Perhaps Zinner will offer an uplifting addition? We are down for whatever, honestly.

Jas Shaw four hour durational

Shaw, one half of my favorite electronic duo Simian Mobile Disco, will perform a four hour durational in which he'll noodle around for four hours on the worlds most advanced synths. I'll be saving some mysterious substances for this part for sure.

Robert Rich - Sleep Durational

Famed ambient producer Robert Rich will perform an overnight, marathon "sleep durational" which should stack up nicely against his history of extended, low key, soft noise sets. He hasn't brought this kind of show to Moog in 13 years so for fans of his tunes, this should be a rare treat.

There are a few more bands announced, see the top image for more, and keep an eye on Moogfest's website for updates- we'll be doing the same for sure.

Moogfest happens 5/18-21, you can snag tickets here.

Words by BK and Moogfest