Hip-Hop Legends Pete Rock and Ali Shaheed Muhammad Join Moses Sumney in Moogfest’s Final 2018 Lineup Additions
Durham, N.C. [May 14, 2018] – Moogfest announces the final pieces to its 2018 festival with the addition of its free stage, located in the heart of downtown Durham’s American Tobacco Campus, plus the addition of Michael Stipe and Aminatou Sow to its conversation programming. This free ATC stage opens on Saturday, May 19 and is co-presented with the support of WRAL.
Leading Saturday’s addition are legendary hip-hop DJs and producers Pete Rock (Pete Rock & CL Smooth) and Ali Shaheed Muhammad (A Tribe Called Quest), plus a full-band performance by indie-soul singer-songwriter Moses Sumney, who returns to Moogfest for the second time. Sumney will also join the Producer & Songwriters Masterclass alongside Alexandre Bazin, Gareth Jones, and Valgeir Sigurðsson.
Saturday afternoon will open with Moogfest’s much-beloved Modular on the Spot Picnic, an outdoor modular synth performance started in Los Angeles by modular synthesist and skate photographer Eric “Rodent” Cheslak with bassist Bana Haffar. This year’s three-hour picnic offers a laid-back, family-friendly listening environment for a mind-expanding exploration of electronic sound, transitioning into a more upbeat affair as the day progresses. The Modular on the Spot Picnic will feature a rotating cast of performers that includes Cheslak himself, along withLightbath, Pete Speer, Jake Pugh, Lee Coleman, Jerry Kaba, and previously announced performer and daytime presenter Sarah Belle Reid.
New Conversation Additions
As previously announced, Michael Stipe’s audio-visual installation Thibault Dance will be featured in downtown Durham. Now the artist himself will return to Moogfest as well for a conversation on Saturday at 5 p.m. (ET) in the Carolina Theatre to offer insight on his current audio-visual work and his creative focus in the post-R.E.M. era.
Additionally, noted writer, podcast host, and Forbes “30 Under 30” recipient Aminatou Sow joins Chelsea Manning for the privacy activist’s Saturday keynote on the future of creativity. Manning and Sow will discuss how creative frontiers will evolve as privacy laws change in an expanding digital landscape in what will be an enlightening, eye-opening keynote.
Moogfest 2018 Free Programming Roundup
The ATC Stage announcement accompanies Moogfest’s previously released free programming that includes Ralph Steadman’s Harmon-INK! exhibit; Michael Stipe’s Thibault Danceinstallation; the Modular Marketplace; the Moog Store and Moog Pop-Up Factory, which will be building the just-announced Moog Grandmother synth onsite; Vorticity, a collaborative sonified data installation between Nokia Bell Labs and Delta Sound Labs; Frivolous Artist: More Metal, a tactile, interactive live score piece by Wild Actions; Moritz Simon Geist’s robotics installation Soft Manipulator; the immersive environmental sculpture Infinity: Algorithmic Soundscapesfrom Magnetic Energy; a Moogfest poster and synth art exhibition; and the Reverb LP Record Fair.
Moogfest 2018 is presented by United Therapeutics, American Underground, and Moog Music Inc., with support from UphoricTV, Meyer Sound, Virginia Tech, Bull Durham Beer, Bedlam Vodka, 21c Museum Hotel, Blizzard Lighting, the Durham Marriott City Center, and the Durham Hotel. For more information, visit moogfest.com.
All ticket types below are available for purchase now HERE.
Single Day Passes Available
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.
Engineer Festival Pass – $1500 (limited quantity)
This two-day synth-building workshop, led by Moog engineers, invites a select group of enthusiasts to build their very own unreleased Moog analog synthesizer. The workshop is conducted in two, multi-hour sessions. No experience necessary, but basic soldering knowledge is recommended. Participants in the Engineering workshop also receive priority access to select festival venues, exclusive events and gift bag. Workshops are available via capacity-limited RSVP. Engineer Festival Pass holders receive first priority selection on a limited basis. Engineer Festival Passes available for a limited time, while supplies last. Scheduling of Engineer Workshops are prioritized by the order of purchase. Buy here
VIP Festival Pass – $499(limited quantity)
VIP access for the duration of the event. Priority access to all festival venues for performances and conference programming, a private VIP lounge, complimentary food and drink, exclusive VIP events, and a dedicated gift bag. Workshops are available via RSVP. VIP Festival Pass holders will receive first priority on a limited basis. Buy here
Festival Pass – $249
General Admission for the duration of the event. Access to all festival venues for performances and conference programming: conversations, workshops, and installations. Workshops are available via RSVP. VIP Festival Pass holders will receive first priority on a limited basis. Buy here