It’s no secret that we’re big fans of everything Tasmanian, from MONA’s Dark Mofo to Mona Foma to the local music scene and basically just begging more artists to pay TAS attention. In January, MONA are holding the Mona Foma festival, which, as always, boasts an incredible array of unique and often unusual musical acts.
The Tasmanian festival is a great source for many things weird and wonderful, from art to food to music and beyond. It’s a huge attraction, and one of the greatest thing about Tassie. The little isle will be pelted with a cacophony of new commissions, collaborations, performances and shiny premieres. More than 200 artists (musical and otherwise) will spend four days delighting and overwhelming each of your senses in this riveting, surprising, culturally awakening festival. Considering the nightmarish beast that has been 2016, there truly couldn’t be a better way to kick 2017 off.
As always, the lineup is tremendously global. While Australian artists include Regurgitator playing The Velvet Underground and Nico and Rainbow Chan, international guests will be visiting from as far as Azerbaijan, Canada, Korea and Niger.
Big highlights include tetema, a project from the ever-enigmatic Mike Patton along with Anthony Pateras which has been floating around for a couple years but will be performed live for the very first time at Mona Foma. We’ll also hear from Puscifer, beloved side project of Tool‘s Maynard James Keenan, the amazingly talented Moses Sumney (who we adore greatyly) and the genre defying DJ Z-Trip.
MONA FOMA takes places from 18 – 22 January 2017. Tickets are available at the official website – we recommend grabbing the full festival pass, which also includes entry to MONA’s new major exhibition On The Origin of Art.
If you want to discover a little more about the artists on show at Mona Foma, give our curated playlist a spin: