Moogfest, the art and technology festival named after synthesizer pioneer Bob Moog, today made its first talent announcement for its May 17-20 2018 Durham, N.C, event, with a lineup led by female, non-binary, and transgender artists and a keynote conversation with privacy rights activist Chelsea Manning.

Some of the artists participating at the festival’s nighttime program are LCD Soundsystem synth experimentalist Gavin Rayna Russom, gender-ambiguous theremin virtuoso Armen Ra, Kuwaiti conceptual artist Fatima Al Qadiri, Afrofuturist DJ Maliibu Mitch, hyperkinetic pop maven SOPHIE, and the U.S. debut of revered Japanese multi-instrumentalist Midori Takada.


Always On

These artists will participate in ”Future Sound “performances by night complemented by the same artists leading Future Thought workshops, and conversations by day.

The announcement includes “Always On,” a 50-hour livestream presented in partnership with Tom Tom Magazine from Today at 12:00 pm ET to 2:00 p.m. ET Dec. 8. It can be viewed for free at

Manning’s keynote conversation on “The Future of Creativity” will “explore how technology enables radical disruption in the personal and political spheres, framing the technological future as a new creative landscape,” according to the announcement. Since its introduction in 2014, past Moogfest keynote speakers include: transhumanist Dr. Martine Rothblatt, VR pioneer Jaron Lanier, Dr. Kate Shaw from the CERN Large Hadron Collider, Harvard’s Dr. Joe Davis, and philosopher Nick Bostrum.

The ”Always On” celebration will continue at the festival in May, with some of the artists participating in the livestream also participating at the festival including Goddess of ”electronic psychedelic soul” Sassy Black, Discwoman’s middle eastern dance experimentalist DJ Haram, percussive activist Madame Gandhi, avant pop sound sculptor Katie Gately, multi-instrumentalist provocateur Stud1nt, and former Au Revoir Simone hypnotic synth master Annie Hart.

Many of these performances will be part of the free and open-to-the-public programming throughout the festival weekend.

More lineup announcements are expected in the coming months. Last year’s event featured Flying Lotus, Michael Stipe, Animal Collective, Talib Kweli, Gotye and many others May 18-21.