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Moogfest 2018: Five key performances

Published: 05/18
Sweet tea and barbecue flavoured the 14th edition of Moogfest, as the music and technology event cemented its home in the progressive southern city of Durham. For four days and three nights, some 6,000 people-from young QTPOC ravers to white, middle-aged gear tinkerers-wandered all over downtown, bouncing between lectures and film screenings, sound yoga sessions and synth workshops, live concerts and DJ sets.

After a nomadic journey that's seen Moogfest move from Bob Moog's hometown of New York City to his final resting place in the tiny town of Asheville, North Carolina, the 2018 edition returned for the third year running to Durham, a city trying to reinvent itself as a start-up hub of the South. "Welcome Moogfest" signs were a fixture in bar and restaurant windows. During one late dinner, I found myself waiting out the rain by chatting with the restaurateur about his working reel-to-reel, which pumped out soul and R&B. (It wasn't a special prop for Moogfest-he just liked vintage audio gear.) Despite a few technical hiccups and frustratingly persistent rainfall, the festival delivered a vast range of artists for whom Moog's synthesizers were a revelation.

Here are five key performances from this year's edition.

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