MoogFest, AC Entertainment’s annual (mostly) electronic music festival in Asheville, may have displaced Knoxville’s own Big Ears as the hometown promoter’s out-there music fest, at least temporarily, but there’s no sense begrudging the city across the mountains. Synthesizer pioneer Robert Moog lived there, after all—he settled his home and business in Asheville in the late ’70s and lived there until his death in 2005. (Both the Bob Moog Foundation and Moog Music are based there, too.) Besides, the first two installments of MoogFest have been smashing successes, and Asheville’s less than two hours away, so what’s to complain about, really?
One significant change to this year’s MoogFest is that it will take place over two days, instead of three. But the lineup is more packed than ever, with more than two dozen acts appearing in five venues (ExploreAsheville.com Arena, Thomas Wolfe Auditorium, the Orange Peel, Asheville Music Hall, and Diana Wortham Theatre) on Friday, Oct. 26, and Saturday, Oct. 27. There’s an even greater variety of music this time around, too, with the vaguely defined fest’s boundaries expanding into indie rock and even more hip-hop than last year.
The full lineup includes: Actress, Ahleuchatistas, Bear in Heaven, Black Moth Super Rainbow, Blondes, Harold Budd and Keith Lowe, Buke and Gase, Carl Craig, Cold Cave, Death Grips, Disclosure, Divine Fits, Thomas Dolby, El-P, Exitmusic, Explosions in the Sky, Four Tet, GZA, Richie Hawtin, Tim Hecker and Daniel Lopatin, Julia Holter, Killer Mike, the Magnetic Fields, Nas, Orbital, Pantha du Prince, Prefuse 73, Primus, Santigold, Shpongle, Ana Sia, Miike Snow, Squarepusher, Andy Stott, Morton Subotnick, Trust, and Wick-It the Instigator.
For a complete schedule and ticket information, visit moogfest.com.