NC electronic music festival MOOGFEST promises LGBTQ education and dialogue for May weekend event
MOOGFEST aims to offer some of the most unique and modern music available in the US, and a recent law in it’s home state has pushed the event to stress its inclusiveness.
HB 2 has made headlines since businesses, individuals, other states, their own Attorney General, and several legal groups have decried the law which removed protections for LGBTQ citizens within a number of cities and forces transgender people into the wrong restroom.
“Moogfest is proud of its home in Durham, its heritage in Asheville, and our friends throughout the state of North Carolina,” read a statement sent out following the bill’s passage two weeks ago. “But we adamantly oppose this law, and any laws that enable or encourage exclusion and bigotry.”
The message, signed by “your friends at Moogfest,” includes a brief history of Bob Moog, a New York Native who died in Ashville, NC, spent his life creating and innovating some of the most incredible music we know today. From David Bowie to Coldplay, Depeche Mode and countless dance and electronic acts, Moog’s electronic instruments have been key to some of the genre’s most famous sounds.
“It was Bob’s lifelong belief that true innovation comes through collaboration, not exclusion,” read the release. “Moogfest offers an inclusive environment where all people come together to explore big ideas for the future. We value diversity, self-expression and experimentation above all else.”
“We will take every step possible to ensure that Moogfest remains a safe and welcoming space for all festival-goers, especially the many LGBTQ artists and speakers joining us this year.”
Moogfest is still set to take over downtown Durham the weekend of May 19th. Acts include ODESZA, Grimes, Miike SnowGary Numan in a three night residency, the GZA in a two Night Residency and many more. The festival also invites speakers to daily keynote presentations, panel discussions, and artist talks.
GayRVA and RVAMag have been invited to cover the festival, and while it breaks our heart to spend money in a state which has passed such laws, events like Moog are a reminder that there are still local operations who care.
We’ll also be meeting with locals to help spread their voices as their fight continues.
Top image via Moogfest Instagram
The North Carolina governor cited costs of litigation, noting that his state is also the defendant in a lawsuit filed against him by the Dept. of Justice on similar grounds.September 19, 2016
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