Gotye and Violent Femmes lead Mona Foma line up for 2018

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A typically wild array of artists will converge in Tasmania in January

We’ve come to expect Tasmania’s Mona Foma line up to be pretty off the wall and the 2018 bill has not disappointed.

We love it, because we know that among the huge list of disparate sounding artists, there are some remarkable, ground-breaking artists who will provide amazing musical experiences.

The festival is split between Launceston and Hobart this year, with both cities attracting some spectacular names performing in both cities.

This will also be the last year part of the festival takes place on the grounds of MONA, as they require the space for the construction of a new hotel.

Among the names you know and love there will be plenty of music, art, poetry and dance that will open your minds to a whole new creative world.

A few highlights from next year’s music program include:

Gotye performing a tribute to French electronic composer and pop visionary Jean-Jacques Perrey

Violent Femmes playing a grab-bag of their classic acoustic punk gems alongside the always adaptable Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra.

Post rock icons Godspeed You! Black Emperor performing a powerful set of the kind of blistering, affecting, experimental rock they have become so renowned for when they’re in Hobart. In Launceston, they’ll perform a live score for a contemporary dance show called Monumental, performed by Canadian company The Holy Body Tattoo.

Former Feature Album artist Jamila Woods making her first visit to Australia to give us a chance to experience that brilliant brand of future soul in the flesh.

Black metal icons Mayhem performing their classic 1994 album De Mysteriis Dom Sathanas in full.

A night of psychedelia and poetry courtesy of the legendary Genesis Breyer P-Orridge and longtime collaborator Edley ODowd.

An afternoon performance by the breathtaking ensemble Kardajala Kirridarra, one of our favourite discoveries of 2017.

Violent Femmes frontman Gordan Gano performing renditions of great Australian poems, while his bandmates Blaise Garza and John Sparrow reinterpret John Coltrane and Rashied Ali’s landmark album Interstellar Space.

This is barely scratching the surface. Check out the full program at the MOFO website and begin making your holiday plans in earnest.

Mona Foma happens in Tasmania from Friday 12 – Monday 22 January. Tickets are on sale from Monday at midday Tasmanian time. 

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