Moogfest 2014 has announced a lineup of musical acts led by Kraftwerk, German electro visionaries, and Chic featuring Nile Rodgers. Kraftwerk will play three performances across two separate nights. The Kraftwerk live experience is a perfectly synchronized audio-visual spectacle complete with pristine digital sound and breathtaking 3-D projections. It is a pure electronic art-rave that epitomizes Kraftwerk’s musical and technical innovation, and embodies the spirit—and new direction—of Moogfest 2014. The other legendary headliner, Chic featuring Nile Rodgers, is recognized as one of the most influential bands of the disco era and has been nominated eight times for induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. This announcement also confirms that previously revealed daytime headliners, Laurie Anderson and Giorgio Moroder, will perform as part of the nighttime music program: Anderson with her one-woman live show, “The Language of the Future” and Moroder with one of his famous DJ sets. Only talent of this caliber could lead a long list of performers that include some of the most important DJs and musicians influenced by Moog and dedicated to musical innovation. Over seventy additional acts are still to be announced in the coming months.
This year’s festival is a very rare U.S. appearance for Kraftwerk, marking their first performance for Moogfest and their first time ever in North Carolina. The Kraftwerk project was started in 1970 by Ralf Hütter and Florian Schneider at their Kling Klang Studio in Düsseldorf, Germany. Within a few years Kraftwerk had achieved international recognition for their revolutionary electronic “sound paintings” and musical experimentation with tapes and synthesizers. With their visions of the future, Kraftwerk created the soundtrack for the digital age. Their compositions, using innovative looping techniques and computerized rhythms, have had a major international influence across an entire range of music genres, while their use of robotics and technical innovations in their live performance illustrates Kraftwerk’s belief in the respective contributions of both man and machine in creating art. In recognition of the quartet’s boundary-pushing use of music technology Kraftwerk will be honored with the Recording Academy’s Lifetime Achievement Award in January 2014. Their legacy is timeless and legendary, and their creativity will continue to influence and inspire future generations.
Like Kraftwerk, Chic is closely linked to an important musical movement, and has been recognized as a leader in electronic music production. Chic’s distinctive approach not only resulted in some of the finest dance singles of their time, but also created a template for urban funk, dance-pop, and hip-hop in the post-disco era, while Nile Rodgers remains a hugely successful leading producer, composer and performer.
Other Moogfest 2014 musical talent announced includes the always ambitious Baltimore pop usurper Dan Deacon, Brainfeeder producer The Gaslamp Killer, deep house luminary Sasha, salacious New York rapper Le1f, globe trotting disco and soul funk duo Soul Clap, Animal Collective’s Avey Tare’s new band Slasher Flicks featuring former members of Dirty Projectors and Ponytail, and Chicago’s acclaimed producer Green Velvet. Plus UK’s electronic shape shifters Darkstar’s third US appearance and Art Department, the brainchild of Canadian techno/house legend Kenny Glasgow and Jonny White, and more.
Moogfest 2014 Phase 2 Headliners and Nighttime Performers (in alphabetical order)