Gary Numan, GZA, Haxan Cloak and More Announced for Moogfest 2016

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GZA performs on stage at The Roundhouse on June 28, 2015 in London, United Kingdom.

Moogfest, a biannual celebration of music, technology and art, announced its 2016 lineup today. The three-day festival will occur May 19-22, 2016 in Durham, North Carolina. 

Headlining performances include a three-night residency by Gary Numan, a two-night residency by GZA, ODESZA, Laurie Anderson, Explosions In The Sky, Oneohtrix Point Never, Suzanne Ciani, Blood Orange, Sun Ra Arkestra.

Comedian and The Late Late Show bandleader Reggie Watts (also performing at the festival) announces the entire lineup (also including Empress Of, Floating Points, Hundred Waters, YACHT and more) in a song here:

Where else do synth pop pioneer Gary Numan and Wu-Tang’s philosopher king GZA intersect? (Besides GZA’s 2008 track “Life is a Movie” which samples Numan’s “Films,” of course.)

Moogfest is a unique home for futurists, musicians and nerds alike. With daytime panels exploring the future of creativity, technology and sound and evening performances with a diverse array of music taking place across 17 locations in the city, including a free outdoor stage.  

Daytime programming will feature keynote presentations by transhumanist activist and pharma tycoon Dr. Martine Rothblatt (the highest-paid female executive in the U.S., and founder of satellite radio) as well as computer scientist, virtual reality pioneer, musician and author Jaron Lanier (profiled at length by The New Yorker some years ago). 

Moogfest will occur in Durham, NC for the first time, previously taking place in Asheville, NC and New York City. Moogfest is a tribute to Dr. Robert Moog, founder of Moog Music and inventer of the Moog synthesizer. In 2014, Moogfest 2014 posted a loss of $1.5 million although it drew 7,000 badge holders (up from an estimated 5,000 at the previous iteration of Moogfest in 2012) and 25,000 people in attendance of the event's free programming.

Other 2017 programming highlights include:

Electronic music pioneer Gary Numan (whose seminal new wave single “Cars” No. 9 on the Billboard Hot 100 in 1980) will perform his first three albums (Replicas, The Pleasure Principle, and Telekon) over three consecutive nights in three different venues.

The US debut of Arthur Russell’s Instrumentals ensemble, directed by Peter Gordon featuring performances by Gavin Russom. 

An afternoon of intimate church performances by Julianna Barwick, Moses Sumney, Daniel Bachman, Julia Holter, and Gwenno.

Live recording of the podcasts Song Exploder from Hrishikesh Hirway as well as No Effects from Tanlines’ Jesse Cohen.

The full lineup is below: