Mofo 2018 is set to bring an unprecedented 11 days of music and art to Launceston (12–14 January) and Hobart (15–22 January) this summer, with challenging art installations, unexpected world premieres and Australian exclusives set to take place in Tassie’s two largest cities.
Program highlights include a set from legendary act Godspeed You! Black Emperor, who will be providing the live score for The Holy Body Dance Tattoo’s Monumental in Launceston as well as playing a live set at Mona to perform tracks from their latest album, Luciferian Towers.
Moreover, lauded Australian artist Gotye will join forces with the Ondioline Orchestra to pay tribute to the late, great French electronic composer and pop visionary Jean-Jacques Perrey. Symphonic collaborations continue with Violent Femmes joining forces with the Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra for a career spanning set, while Brian Jackson and the Southern Gospel Choir will reinterpret the songs of Gil-Scott Heron and Nina Simone.
Psychedelia and poetry come together with the exciting collaboration from Trans artist Genesis Breyer P-Orridge joining forces with Edley Odowd; black metal behemoth Mayhem will bring a touch of darkness to the otherwise sun-filled event; Mofo’s late-night art party Faux Mo scores a new waterfront venue; while the free Launceston Block Party will have punters kicking on like nothing else.
But it doesn’t stop there. Chance the Rapper collaborator, Jamila Woods, will bring her joyful soul and funk grooves to Tassie; Barcelona-based producer Filastine and Indonesian neo-soul singer Nova launch “an audio strike against xenophobia proposing a borderless and polyphonic world”, Hobart + Music =Yeah: Re/cognition will present a showcase of underground music; Martin Blackwell will undergo a 24-hour marathon of rhythm and meditation; while Adam Simmons, Alessandra Garosi and David Jones rearrange the music of Frank Zappa in a piano, saxophone and drum trio.
Mona Foma 2018 lineup:
Brian Jackson with the Southern Gospel Choir (AUS/USA)
Emel Mathlouthi (TUN)
Genesis Breyer P-Orridge (UK/USA)
Godspeed You! Black Emperor (CAN)
Gotye Presents a Tribute to Jean-Jacques Perrey (AUS/USA)
Launceston Block Party Mayhem (NOR)
Monumental – The Holy Body Tattoo (CAN) with live music by Godspeed You! Black Emperor (CAN)
Moor Mother featuring Rasheedah Phillips (USA)
Violent Femmes + the Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra (USA/AUS)
Alessandra Garosi (ITA)
Austin Buckett and Martin Ng
Black Quantum Futurism Collective (USA)
Black Rock Band
Blaise Garza and John Sparrow (USA)
Breadwoman Variations (USA)
Chakam Ensemble (IRN/AUS)
Filastine and Nova (USA/IDN)
Gordon Gano (USA)
Hobart Liberation Orchestra featuring Petra Haden (AUS/USA)
Hobart + Music = Yeah: Re/cognition
Jamila Woods (USA)
Jim Denley and Rosalind Hall
Joseph Nolan and Brent Grapes
Maxine Beneba Clarke
Michael Candy and Rosalind Hall
Michael Kieran Harvey, Arjun von Caemmerer and Brigita Ozolins
Rahim AlHaj and Karim Wasfi (IRQ)
Tannery: Tasmanian Taiko and Leather Orchestra
The Daemons of Dissent
The Ghosts of Nothing featuring Laura Purcell
The Museum of Everything
Chorus extreme Unconscious Collective