Moogfest 2014 Gets To The Heart Of Electronic Music With Shows From Kraftwerk And Pet Shop Boys

MoogFest 2014

Named after America's main pioneer in the world of electronic music, Robert Moog, Moogfest is finally back after a brief sabbatical which saw them miss 2013 - to much disappointment from electronic lovers everywhere.

The much-adored Moog synthesizer is an incredible piece of equipment invented by a man who changed music for the better, so the fact that there's a weekend event named sharing the name is a thrilling prospect for musicians and fans alike. It began in 2004 and was eventually brought to Asheville, North Carolina in 2008 where it has stayed ever since. Not only have festival goers got a first-class music line-up to look forward to, Moogfest 2014 will also be hosting presentations during the day from both veteran music boffins to newcomers still experimenting with developing their sound. For all you synth-lovers out there, you will also be treated to various workshops which will no doubt give you an immersive experience into the heart of electronic music.

Moogfest begins on Wednesday (April 23rd) with Flying Lotus, El-P and 80s pop duo Pet Shop Boys at the top of everyone's agenda. Dan Deacon, Tiga, Black Dice and German legends Kraftwerk follow on Thursday, which is set to be one of the most exciting days of the whole five days, with daytime speakers including Deerhunter's Bradford Cox, Bob Moog's former collaborator David Borden and, of course, chart sensation Janelle Monae.

Friday brings more musical treats in the form of Dillon Francis, Lapalux, Riff Raff and Moderat for our nightly performance and LA producer Daedelus, DFA Records' Gavin Russom and Italian synth pioneer Giorgio Moroder. Saturday gets even wilder with performances from CHIC feat. Nile Rodgers, Factory Floor, M.I.A and Zed's Dead and further talks from Google's digital media artist Aaron Koblin, New York poet Saul Williams and Philly DJ King Britt.

As for Sunday, things get a little calmer with High Klassified, Just Blaze, Nick Catchdubs, Salva, Sammy Bananas and Treasure Fingers making up the nighttime performers and some more exciting presentations from 'Futurama' writers David X Cohen and Jeff Westbrook, and British sci-fi author Simon Singh. 

For such an independent festival seemingly aimed at only the most serious of music lovers, the line-up is remarkable; you'll find plenty of established musicians throughout the event, and for those new to the business, it's nothing short of an amazing opportunity.

Wednesday Night Performers
C Powers
El-P
Flying Lotus
Nick Monaco
No Regular Play
Pet Shop Boys
Slow Hands
Soul Clap

Wednesday Daytime Speakers
Bob Geolas
Dorit Chrysler

Thursday Night Performers
ADULT.
Aligning Minds
Art Department
Ataxia
Audion
Awesome Tapes from Africa
Bernie Worrell Orchestra
Black Dice
Clayton Steele
Com Truise
Dan Deacon
EATERS
Ejecta
Eric Volta
Green Velvet
Hello Hugo
Jimmy Edgar
Keith Emerson
Kraftwerk
Megafortress
Nitin
Noah Wall
NORTH AMERICANS
Sasha
Shigeto
Teengirl Fantasy
The Jellyrox
Tiga
Tin Foil Hat
Wolf Eyes
YACHT

Thursday Daytime Speakers
Bradford Cox
Bruce Walker
Chuck Lightning
David Borden
Dorit Chrysler
Drew Blanke (Dr. Blankenstein)
Felix Faire
Forrest M. Mims III
Hans Jorgen Fjellestad
Herbert Deutsch
Hisham Bharoocha
Janelle Monane
Jay Silver
Jesse Hlebo
John Keston
Mark Frauenfelder
Nate Rocket Wonder
Neil Harbisson
Nick Zinner
Nicolas Collins
Professor Nick Bostrom
Scott Snibbe
Tom Oberheim
Tom Zimmermann
Yoon Chung Han
Yuri Suzuki

Friday Night Performers
Bottin
Clark - Phosper Live
Daedelus
Darkstar
Dillon Francis
Earthtone Soundsystem
Egyptian Lover
Erika
Gent and Jawns
Giorgio Moroder
In Plain Sight
Keith Kemp
Kraftwerk
Kri & Sensoma
Lapalux
Metro Area
Mike Huckaby
Mike Simonetti
Mix Master Mike
Moderat
Patten
Razor and Blade
Reference - Live
Riff Raff
The Gaslamp Killer
Thugfucker
TOKiMONSTA

Friday Daytime Speakers
Andrew McPherson
Andy Cavatorta
Ben Bloomberg
Daedelus
Dave Smith
Dave Tompkins
Dorit Chrysler
Dr. Joseph Paradiso
Eric Rosenbaum
Gavin Russom
Giorgio Moroder
Gordon Reid
Gretta Cohn
Hisham Bharoocha
Jamin Warren
Jeff Crouse
Jerome C. Glenn
Jesse Hlebo
Karla Zimonja
Keith Emerson
Malcolm Cecil
Matt Boch
Matthew Lee Johnston
Robin Arnott
Roger Linn
William Kurth


Saturday Night Performers
Avey Tare's Slasher Flicks
Blondes
Body Games
Bombassic
Brett Rock
CHIC Feat. Nile Rodgers
Craig Leon - Nommos Live
DLX
Eliot Lipp
Escort
Factory Floor
Gordon Voidwell
Heads on Sticks
Hieroglyphic Being
Higher Learning
Holly Herndon
Kaytranada
Le1f
Les Sins
M.I.A
Machinedrum Vapor City Live
Mark Farina
Marley Carroll
Museum of Love
Patten
Publicist
RBTS WIN
RJD2
Saul Williams
The Crystal Ark
The Volt Per Octaves
Two Fresh
Zed's Dead
 

Saturday Daytime speakers
Aaron Koblin
Alex Lieu
Alexander Chen
Charles Lindsay
Claire Evans
Cliff Martinez
Dan Deacon
Dave Tompkins
David Wexler (aka Dr. Strangeloop)
Don Buchla
Dorit Chrysler
Douglas Vakoch
Eric McDougall
George Dvorsky
Greg Tate
Hisham Bharoocha
Jeff Crouse
Jesse Hlebo
Julia Kaganskiy
King Britt
Leon Hong
Martine Syms
Neal Reinalda
Peter Kirn
Raph Levien
Robert Fantinatto
Ryan Germick
Sanford Biggers
Saul Williams

Sunday Night Performers
High Klassified
Just Blaze
Nick Catchdubs
Salva
Sammy Bananas
Treasure Fingers

Sunday Daytime Speakers
David X Cohen
Don Buchla
Geert Bevin
Jeff Westbrook
Ken Keeler
Simon Singh
Stewart Burns


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Tags: Kraftwerk - Flying Lotus - Pet Shop Boys - Dan Deacon - Tiga - Black Dice - Janelle Monae - Dillon Francis - Lapalux - Moderat - Daedelus - Chic - Nile Rodgers - Factory Floor - Mia - Saul Williams - King Britt - Just Blaze

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