Moogfest Now A Biennial Festival
Asheville, North Carolina -- Moog Music has announced that Moogfest, Asheville's annual gathering of forward-thinking tech enthusiasts and electronic music innovators, will now occur biennially, with the next festival scheduled for 2016.
This follows the 2014 reboot of the festival, which took a break in 2013 after Moog's split with festival organizers AC Entertainment, who produced Moogfest from 2010 to 2012. Despite that Moogfest reportedly lost $1.5 million in the independent production of the 2014 festival (many of the events were free), organizers do not cite finances as the main reason for the switch from annual to biennial.
"Producing Moogfest every other year allows us to retain the high level of innovative programming as well as the originality and independence we established in 2014,” said Moog Music president and CEO Mike Adams in a press release.
The statement also explained that the decision to produce Moogfest every other year will help to maintain the festival's authenticity and the spiritual and financial health of the company's employees, who will now have more than a short ten months to secure the level of talent and innovation in its performers and speakers that they desire.
Moogfest and Moog Music staff have also voiced that they felt the 2014 festival was an ideological success, even with financial struggles, and look forward to producing the festival every other year.
Said Moogfest and Moog Brand Director Emmy Parker, "It’s clear that people want an unadulterated ideas-based festival that combines new art, music and technology. Moogfest is a personification of the Moog ethos and we’re honored to dedicate a full two years for curating each festival."