Tuesday, August 7, 2012

Moogfest 2012 announces their heavily anticipated line-up

Moogfest takes place in Asheville, NC on October 26/27
with tickets going on sale Friday, August 10
After a knock-out second year in 2011, Moogfest had set the bar pretty high for themselves in 2012.  While the festival has undergone some structural changes, such as dropping the third day in lieu of a Justice pre-show on Thursday, it's clear that their festival has also undergone some musical changes as well.  While previous years have boasted stellar headliners such as The Flaming Lips, MGMT, and Passion Pit, 2012's lineup is topped off with Primus 3D, Orbital, Miike Snow, and Santigold.  Just because the festival has taken a different direction though doesn't mean that it's lacking in any department.   On October 26 and 27 names like Explosions in the Sky, GZA, Four Tet, and Divine Fits will be gracing the stages of The Orange Peel, U.S Cellular Center, and Asheville Music Hall for another unique festival experience from Moogfest's third installment.

Primus 3D will be headlining Friday night's festivities, providing a one of a kind experience including 3D glasses for festival goers to truly immerse themselves within the show.  Trippy novelties aside, Primus is a pretty underwhelming headliner for the majority of Moog's clientele, especially after having such relevant names in the past.  While Primus will still put on one hell of a show, one can't help but feel like the festival is taking a big leap in an odd direction.  While the addition of artists like  Squarepusher, Shpongle, and Four Tet stay firm with the festival's high electronic standards, and acts like GZA, Killer Mike, and Santigold keeping the hip hop's bar set just as high, it's easy to wish that the festival pulled in a headliner with more of a draw than acts like Primus and Miike Snow.  Headlining issues aside, the lineup is still stacked with some incredible acts that will be putting on breath taking performances.  Seeing Explosions in the Sky nestled in the beautiful mountains of Asheville on the same night as Black Moth Super Rainbow and Bear In Heaven is certainly not something you can get from any other festival.

One of the shining points of Moogfest though is its sheer diversity.  There's a little bit of something for everybody at this festival, and the best part is that all of the acts are quality.  Fans can choose to gear nights towards a particular genre and still have just as great of a time simply because Moogfest has plucked some of the best artists from each facet of today's music scene.  With a two day pass costing $100 at the first pricing level, there's no reason not to go ahead and get these tickets while they're cheap, as pricing will increase to as high as $145 before the festival sells out.  Single day tickets are also available at $65 with a price increase to $75 after the first level runs out.  Check out the full lineup below:

Primus 3D
 | Orbital | 
Miike Snow
 | Santigold | 
Richie Hawtin | 
Squarepusher | 
Explosions in the Sky | 
The Magnetic Fields | 
Four Tet | 
Divine Fits | 
GZA presents Liquid Swords | 
Carl Craig | 
Pantha Du Prince | 
Shpongle presents The Masquerade | 
Thomas Dolby | 
Black Moth Super Rainbow | 
Actress | 
Cold Cave | 
EL-P | 
Mouse on Mars | 
Prefuse 73 with Teebs | 
Ana Sia | 
Bear in Heaven | 
Killer Mike |
Blondes |
 Julia Holter | 
Disclosure | 
Exitmusic | 
Trust | 
Wick-It the Instigator

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