NewsWritten by Tom Williams on April 6, 2018
Tasmania’s sixth annual Dark Mofo festival has unveiled a dark AF music lineup for 2018, featuring the likes of singer-songwriter St Vincent, ex-Crystal Castles frontwoman Alice Glass and dark wave artist Zola Jesus.
Scheduled to take place in and around Hobart this June, Dark Mofo 2018 will also feature performances from the likes of Marlon Williams, The Haxan Cloak, Merzbow, William Basinski, Autechre, Einstürzende Neubauten, Laurie Anderson and Lydia Lunch.
British acid legends Electric Wizard became the first act announced for Dark Mofo 2018 last month, and they’ll be playing an exclusive show at the festival in support of their ninth album Wizard Bloody Wizard.
This year’s Dark Mofo will also feature Japanese artist Ryoji Ikeda’s xenon searchlight work ‘spectra’, and the traditional Dark Mofo nude solstice swim.
“We’ve pulled together our most expansive lineup yet, spread over three weekends and presenting more than 750 artists, 22 exhibitions, two opera companies, two theatre companies, one puppet theatre company, one orchestra and a community choir,” says Dark Mofo Creative Director Leigh Carmichael.
Dark Mofo 2018 will run between 13th and 24th June, with a prelude weekend from 7th to 10th June.
Peep the music lineup highlights below, and all the individual show details at the Dark Mofo website.
Dark Mofo 2018 Music Lineup Highlights
ST. VINCENT (USA)
ALICE GLASS (CAN) + ZOLA JESUS (USA)
WILLIAM BASINSKI (USA)
THE HAXAN CLOAK (GBR)
RYOJI IKEDA (JPN) – SPECTRA
ELECTRIC WIZARD (GBR)
EINSTÜRZENDE NEUBAUTEN – LAMENT
LAURIE ANDERSON (USA) – ALL THE THINGS I LOST IN THE FLOOD
ARCHIE ROACH + TIDDAS – DANCING WITH MY SPIRIT
TANYA TAGAQ (CAN) – RETRIBUTION
LAURIE ANDERSON (USA) + HSIN-CHIEN HUANG (TWN) – CHALKROOM
LOU REED: DRONES
MARLON WILLIAMS (NZL)
THE SPEAKER (CHN/DEU)
LYDIA LUNCH + WEASEL WALTER (USA) – BRUTAL MEASURES
TINY RUINS (NZL) + JESS RIBEIRO
TINY RUINS (NZL) + BEN SALTER + ANGIE HART + EMILY LUBITZ – BORROWED VERSE
NOBODY (WILLIS EARL BEAL) (USA)
JARBOE (USA) + FATHER MURPHY (ITA)
ALEXANDER HACKE + DANIELLE DE PICCIOTTO – CROSSROADS
REBEKAH DEL RIO (USA)
GROUP A (JPN)
PEDER MANNERFELT (SWE)
DEMDIKE STARE WITH MICHAEL ENGLAND (GBR)
IONA FORTUNE (SCO)
FIS AND PYUR PRESENT 7 BLUE STONES (NZL/DEU)
DREW MCDOWALL PRESENTS TIME MACHINES (SCO)
PAN DAIJING (CHN/DEU)
TASMANIAN SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA + TSO CHORUS – ETERNAL
CHARLEMAGNE PALESTINE (USA)
VICTORIAN OPERA + TASMANIAN SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA – THE RAPE OF LUCRETIA