Although this winter’s brutal wrath seems to be hitting the home stretch, most NYC-ers have uttered the phrase “need to get out of here” countless times over the past couple of months. Spring’s imminent (fingers crossed) arrival also marks the start of festival season — a music lover’s favorite time of year. Therefore, a several-day music event in a distant locale offers the perfect light at the end of the tunnel. Instead of the festivals you’ve probably already been to (Austin’s SXSW, Miami’s Winter Music Conference, Palm Spring’s Coachella, Detroit’s Movement), we’d like to present an alternative option for your consideration: Moogfest, Asheville, NC’s five-day electronic extravaganza taking place from April 23-27, 2014.

In just six weeks, the charming, mountain-backdropped city of Asheville will be transformed into a mecca where technology, art, and music converge. Though originally born in New York City, the festival has found a happy home in Asheville, which is now famous not only for its gorgeous Blue Ridge Mountain setting but also its vibrant arts community and world-class food scene. Headlined by Kraftwerk (in 3D, for 3 nights!), Giorgio Moroder, Chic, Pet Shop Boys, Flying Lotus, Moderat, M.I.A., and Dillon Francis, Moogfest’s extensive artist roster also includes heavy-hitters like Green Velvet, Tiga, Factory Floor, Art Department, Soul Clap, Audion, and Jimmy Edgar, as well as NYC-based favorites like Blondes, Slow Hands, Teengirl Fantasy, The Crystal Ark, Metro Area, No Regular Play, and Escort.

Celebrating “the synthesis of technology, art, and music,” Moogfest boasts thought-provoking daytime programming (talks, panels, screenings, etc.), a stellar nightly music lineup spanning nearly a dozen venues, and plenty of workshops, installations, and interactive exhibits. Get all the details at Moogfest.com.

Travel Tips
Now’s the time to book your Moogfest trip! Asheville is roughly 10 hours by car from NYC, though you can fly right into Asheville (AVL) from Newark, Laguardia, and JFK. Although renting a car isn’t essential for getting around the festival if you plan to stay in downtown Asheville, doing so puts you in easy driving distance of several other airports (Charlotte’s CLT, Greenville’s GSP, and Atlanta’s ATL. (Having a car also gives you free rein to explore some of the area’s acclaimed local attractions and natural beauty in your downtime.)

Festival organizers have also been thoughtful enough to secure some special accommodation discounts for Moogfest attendees; links and recommendations can be found here.

Tickets are on sale: In addition to various packages (VIP, Night + Day, five-day, etc.), single-day ticketing options are now available, giving you the flexibility to customize your plans.

Rough Trade NY’s Moog Installation
Can’t make it to Ashevile this year? Good news for you, too: Until March 29, Rough Trade NY is playing host to the world’s largest modern Moog installation, which includes a producers station, drone towers, 10 voice polyphonic analog synth, 6 voice Minimoog drum synth, and over 50 analog effects boxes — all hand-built in Asheville’s Moog Factory. Several acclaimed musicians will take part in sound experiments, and one free ticket to Moogfest will be given away each day. A space for experimentation and discovery, the residency “serves as a physical manifestation of the intersection of music, art and technology, and it is meant to be used as an artist’s resource.” The interactive installation is free and open to the public from 11am-11pm daily.

We’re excited to be covering this year’s festival — hope to catch you down there! (And if you can’t make it down this year, be sure to check back for our reviews and photos post-fest!)

 03/13/2014  Features, News