Moogfest Becomes a Biennial Event Starting in 2016

Andrew Parks

By Andrew Parks

on 07.24.14 in News

The organizers behind Moogfest have decided to take 2015 off and shift the event to a biennial schedule starting the following year. Speaking to Ashleville’s Citizen-Times, Moog Music Inc. president Mike Adams said, “We think that doing Moogfest every two years makes the event a little more special. That also gives us more time to curate the level of programming that we need.”

“This future-forward version of Moogfest is in its infancy,” brand director Emmy Parker added in a press release. “It will take some time for it to grow, but it’s clear that people want an unadulterated ideas-based festival that combines new art, music and technology. Moogfest is a personification of the Moog ethos and we’re honored to dedicate a full two years for curating each festival, with a sustainable, long-term plan for maintaining this platform for all those who share our passion.”

While this year’s event pulled in such big names as Kraftwerk, Giorgio Moroder, M.I.A. and Flying Lotus, it ultimately ended up losing $1.5 million of its $3 million investment, a major financial hit for such a small, independently owned company. To help make its many shows, panels and lectures sustainable in the future, the company plans on bringing in corporate sponsors. To put things in perspective, last April’s Moogfest spread more than 100 musical performances and 105 speakers across 20 venues in downtown Asheville, which was a major boon for the city itself.

Or as Parker put it, “It’s one way if we go out and say Asheville is so great. It’s another thing when we invite people from all over the world to come here, experience Asheville and go off and tell everyone else it’s true.”

Here’s the official flyer for Moogfest’s future plans…