In what will be its ninth year, MOFO is here once again to celebrate the best of Australian and international music and art.
For anyone wondering about the acronym, MOFO = MONA + FOMA = Hobart’s Museum of Old and New Art’s Festival of Music and Art.
It’s a mouthful, to say the least.
Curated by Violent Femmes bassist Brian Ritchie, the festival spans over three days in January and promises to display some of the most unique and ambitious talent on offer. The calibre of artists and performers is consistently high this year as much as any other.
Headlining acts start with Puscifer, the creative outlet of Maynard James Keenan, whose industrial rhythms, and engaging harmonies derive from Keenan’s work in Tool and A Perfect Circle.
Alongside Puscifer is the premiere of tētēma, Mike Patton’s (Faith No More) experimentalist project composed with Australian musician Anthony Pateras. Patton describes the project as “world music from another world”, so we can be sure to expect something at least a little out there.
Other acts include German electronic artist Pantha Du Prince, and Aussie rock band Regurgitator performing The Velvet Underground’s 1967 album featuring Nico. US acts DJ Z-Trip and Kelsey Lu will also make appearances throughout the three days of jamming.
With events taking place in and around Hobart, there are eight days to explore the secrets and excitement of the arts exhibition. Faux Mo, a late-night riot that will take over an ex-government building, will cater to the country’s night owls as MOFO’s darker, younger brother.
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