Mutek Announces Inaugural San Francisco Festival

Derrick May and Francesco Tristano
Courtesy of Derrick May and Francesco Tristano

Derrick May and Francesco Tristano

The global electronic dance music event will be spread out over nine venues in the Bay Area.

Mutek is coming to America. The groundbreaking electronic music festival series is coming to San Francisco May 3-6, presenting works by musicians from the Bay Area and around the world at nine venues across the city, including Bimbo’s, Gray Area Grand Theatre and Herbst Theatre.

"San Francisco has always had a rich ethos of arts and music and a wildly innovative technological tradition," co-founder Miroslav Wiesner from Surefire Agency tells Billboard of the event he helms with co-director Gabrielle de Villoutreys, founder of Les Plages Electroniques and Moga Festival. "We’re featuring the full spectrum from dance music to live audiovisual performances to installations to experimental music and everything in between. Our goal is to provide unique and thought-provoking experiences for everyone who attends."

Mutek is a multi-sensory festival bringing musical performances, art installations, audiovisual works, panel discussions, food vendors and more for "a mind-bendingly eclectic yet cohesive experience for fans,” according to a release announcing the event. "The spirit of the San Francisco underground will permeate the weekend, as the city’s potent mixture of technological innovation, intellectualism, immigration, and futurism provides a backdrop for Mutek's programming trajectory."

Performances at Mutek will be separated into four unique tracks -- Digi Lab, A/Visions, Nocturne and Experience -- and supported by the San Francisco consultant offices of Canada, Mexico and France. 

Mutek launched in Montreal in 2000 and has expanded to Mexico City, Barcelona, Tokyo, Buenos Aires and Dubai, often highlighting local and international artists. A list of announced performers, as well as ticketing information, can be found at mutek.org/en/sanfrancisco/2018