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The Acclaim guide to Dark Mofo 2017

Navigating the lineup of Australia's most interesting festival

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Dark Mofo is the number one cultural event in Tasmania. Every year it’s timed for the winter solstice, setting the tone for the event, which celebrates the creative subcultures of the Australian underground. It’s dark, moody, avant-garde, and fun as hell.

The two-week long festival explores musical, cultural, and artistic diversity—abandoning commercial taste and highlighting unique talent. With plenty of world class acts performing at some of Hobart’s most historical and weirdest venues, Dark Mofo has something for everyone, especially those with a keen sense of discovery. Here’s what we’ll be checking out, you should tag along:

01. Red Bull Music Academy: Transliminal

Red Bull Music Academy and MONA are taking over Hobart’s City Hall to host ‘Transliminal’. Dance beyond the threshold at this rave spread across the two weekends of Dark Mofo which will champion the most interesting and experimental names in music and art. Electronic music lovers will be soundtracked by the world class talents of DJ Harvey, Maurice Fulton, Juliana Huxtable ,and Australia’s very own J’Nett, Kiti, Andras, and Brooke Powers and immersed in the atmospheric light installations of audio-visual artist Robin Fox.

When: 9th-10th and 16th-17th June
Where: Hobart City Hall
Tickets: Door Sales only. More info here

02. Nai Palm + Ani Lou

Having recently been sampled on both Drake’s More Life and Kendrick Lamar’s DAMN, Hiatus Kaiyote’s Nai Palm is set to project her future-soul soundscapes in one of Tasmania’s most historical venue alongside Tasmanian singer-songwriter Ani Lou.

When: Thursday 8 June
Where: Odeon Theatre
Tickets: Available here

03. A.B. Original + Thelma Plum

A.B Original and Thelma Plum unite their political prowess for a night of revolutionary hip-hop that will showcase the power of combining art and music. We last saw A.B. Original perform at Laneway Festival where they brought the audience on their feet, so we expect nothing less with this performance.

When: Friday 9th June
Where: Odeon Theatre
Tickets: Available here

04. Gold Class + Scott and Charlene's Wedding + RVG + Chloe Alison Escottt

Why wouldn’t we give a nod to Melbourne’s own post-punk act Gold Class? We’ve been enamoured with them since seeing them play at Golden Plain’s last year and they have been steadily dominating both locally and internationally ever since. Scott and Charlene’s Wedding are a staple Melbourne act, who erupted from the remains of (lest we forget) Spider Vomit. It would be a disservice to our hometown to miss this one.

When: Saturday 10th June
Where: Odeon Theatre
Tickets: Available here

05. Gaika + Kojey Radical + Kandere

Gaika lists trip-hop, R&B, grime, and grunge as his major influences, however his music doesn’t sound like anything you’ve ever heard. The London born artist will combine gothic visuals, masks, a range of vocal styles in an entrancing delivery. Joining him is Kojey Radical—a musician, spoken word poet, and visual artist also hailing from the UK. Local support comes from fresh new hip-hop act Kandere, the musical project of Lakyn Tarai and Wahe Kavara who will be dropping their debut EP this year. If you’re missing out on this lineup in Melbourne and Sydney, then absolutely do not skip out on this key performance.

When: Sunday 11 June
Where: Odeon Theatre
Tickets: Available here

06. Pussy Riot: Act and Punishment

The famed feminist punk collective Pussy Riot will be doing a Q&A with members Maria Vladimirovna Alyokhina, Alexandra Lukyanova (aka Sasha Bogino), and Alexander Cheparukhim following a screening of Evgeny Mitta’s documentary about the activists ‘Act and Punishment’.

When: Wednesday 14th June
Where: Federation Concert Hall
Tickets: Available here

07. Einstürzende Neubauten

With the clang of unorthodox scrap metal instrumentation and the banging of building tools, the pioneers of industrial noise Einstürzende Neubauten take on their exclusive Australian performance at Dark Mofo. The Friday show is sold out, but there are still tickets available for Saturday. Don’t you dare reference Berlin and even think about missing this exclusive performance. What would Blixa Bargeld do?

When: 16th and 17th June
Where: Odeon Theatre
Tickets: Limited tickets left here

Photography: Robin Skjoldborg

08. Xiu Xiu plays the music of Twin Peaks

To celebrate the return of David Lynch’s cult masterpiece, Twin Peaks, American experimental band Xiu Xiu put their art-rock twist on the music originally composed by Angelo Badalamenti for the show itself. Go back in time, but expect the unexpected and prepare yourself a Twin Peaks reboot.

When: Sunday 18 June
Where: Odeon Theatre
Tickets: Available here