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Your First Look At The Dark Mofo Line-Up Is Here, So Start Planning Your Tassie Holiday Now

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Winter is coming, which means only one thing as far as Aussie festival fans are concerned: Dark Mofo is descending on Tasmania. The dark and dreamy winter festival will begin with a long weekend of strange dreams and restless nights, and we’ve got a taste of what you can expect from the first acts to be revealed from the line-up.

In the final days before the winter solstice, when the days are short and the nights are long, Dark Mofo takes over Hobart with weird and wonderful performances, installations and symposiums that question mythology and identity.

It all sounds very dark and brooding, which is precisely the point, starting with the fittingly named Dark + Dangerous Thoughts ideas symposium.

New York Times columnist and trans civil rights activist Jennifer Boylan is coming to our shores for the main event. She’ll be joined by Yumi Styles, Shannon Burns, Coleman Hughes and Julia Morrow to question, “Has identity become our new religion?”

Omar Musa will be presenting panels at Dark Mofo 2019

Image: David Charles Collins, courtesy of Dark Mofo

Meanwhile, comedian Luke McGregor and rapper, poet and author Omar Musa will reminisce about growing up (and trying to get laid) in the suburbs. Nakkiah Lui and Stan Grant discuss the expectations that Aboriginal people will constantly represent their culture. And Benjamin Law tackles equality, acceptance, and the Safe Schools scandal in Moral Panic 101.

On the musical front, the charge will be led by the brooding pop and jagged, dreamy folk rock from Sharon Van Etten. You might have heard her seductive tunes in Netflix’s The OA and David Lynch’s Twin Peaks: The Return. At Dark Mofo, Etten is performing songs from her new album, Remind Me Tomorrow in a special, one-night-only performance.

Other musical highlights include experimental dream pop from FKA Twigs, haunting ambient compositions from Roger Eno, a specially-curated Sigur Rós mixtape created by the band’s frontman and collaborators, and a late-night showcase of experimental, ambient electronica.

The enigmatic Night Mass is back for more dark beats and ritualistic late-night partying, with a musical line-up that includes Mall Rat, Sampa the Great, Empress Of, FAKA and lots more, as is the annual Hymns to the Dead extreme, doom and black metal night.

MONA will open a brand-new exhibition by Simon Denny, along with a new subterranean tunnel leading to underground exhibition chambers featuring work from artists known for their soundscapes, activism and installations.

Dark Mofo runs from June 6 to 23. Tickets will be available in the subscriber pre-sale on April 15, with tickets available for purchase by the general public on April 16. Check out the complete line-up at the official Dark Mofo website when the full program is announced on April 12.

(Lead image: Dark Mofo/Rémi Chauvin)