MONA FOMA 2014: 15-19 January
Good Lord. Another MONA FOMA.
One of the more sexy abbreviations out there, MONA FOMA (or MOFO for short) stands for the Museum of Old and New Art Festival of Music and Art. Currently in it’s sixth year, the festival is held between 15-19 January in Hobart, Tasmania, and boasts over 200 multifarious live music acts over a five-day period. On top of that, prepare yourself for a vast range of sound, noise, dance, theatre, performance and new media works concealed inside two sheds at Macquarie Wharf.
So who are the live acts? Most likely bands you’ve never heard of — which is kind of the point of the festival. MOFO curator, Brian Ritchie (from Violent Femmes and The Break), says, “A lot of festivals, they give the people what they want. They just look at the Top 40, they say, ‘Let’s get as many of these acts as possible, that’s what the people want. We like to give them what they don’t know they wanted.”
To give you some idea, though, acts include:
Colin Stetson (bass saxophonist for Arcade Fire)
US electronic experimental masterminds Matmos
Psychedelic jazz pioneers Sun Ra Arkestra
Tasmanian black metal/ambient outfit Striborg
Electronic ambient trendsetters The Orb
Pixar in concert with the Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra
And everyone’s latest Aussie favourite, Client Liason.
Oh, don’t forget to head to Faux Mo after a day of art and music. Faux Mo is the nightly MONA FOMA afterparty. Good things happen there.
Tickets are a stupefying $99 for adults ($85 for concession) and are now on sale, but flights and accommodation are on you.
Get your weird on. Get to MONA FOMA.
Line up here.
Tickets and more info here.
Words by Iain Excellent