Here we go MOFOs … for 2013, Brian Ritchie (curator) together with Nicole Durling & Olivier Varenne (art curators) presents a more intense, fifth anniversary, five-day festival experience where music, art and chaos spill out, in, up and over Hobart from January 16 – 20 with a tremendously, tremendous MOFO line up.
The program includes free stuff for all to enjoy - performances, partying, theatre, installations and even mind-clearing meditation, popping up all around the city; and some mind-blowing special events, feature artists and world premieres for a bargain price (we’re not just saying that - truly).
You’ve already heard that the 2013 featured artists David Byrne (ex Talking Heads) and St Vincent (aka Annie Clark) are bringing us their creative collaboration that beautifully fuses their individual sounds. In a big, brassy concert at Princess Wharf 1, they will perform their boundary-erasing new album Love This Giant (and hopefully sing each other’s songs).
Some of our favourite MOFOs are joining us again – Neil Gaiman, Robin Fox and Nick Tsiavos, along with an atonement performance from ‘a crazy guy screaming gibberish’ (aka Death Grips) and a whole new troupe of local and international MOFOs with a blurring of Indian percussion, melodic pop, spooky poetry, Ethiopian funk, under-water drumming, party-rocking beats, postmodern bush music, and a gigantic, interactive Theremin!
Kicking off on Wednesday Jan 16 with a huge free party at PW1, along with great food (not for free) and a lineup featuring Los Coronas (Spain); Bickram Ghosh (India); Tania Bosak and the Barefoot Orchestra (Aus) and Pretty Lights (USA), with some underwater drumming and vacuum cleaners.
MOFO’s after-hours festival club, FAUX MO has expanded for 2013 and will rock on every night after the lights go up at Princes Wharf 1. There will be different acts and special performances down an alley way, up some stairs and in another secret location but that’s all we’re saying (for now).
MONA FOMA’s 2013 Festival highlights:
David Byrne & St Vincent (USA). Dirty Projectors (USA), wildly imaginative music that puts the melody back into pop music. Death Grips (USA), they still scare us. Amanda Palmer (USA) she’s back again, this time with a performance of songs, stories and surprises and she’s bringing her equally talented bloke: Neil Gaiman (UK) for quirky, musical stories and poems. Bickram Ghosh (India), one of the world’s greatest on the Tabla – traditional Indian hand drums. Orchestre National de Jazz (France), innovative orchestral formats with multimedia; Pretty Lights (USA), electro organic party beats sure to send PW1 into dance frenzy. And MORE