Dark Mofo's sunnier sibling is heading our way in February 2023. Yes, we're now at the point where we're discussing things happening next year, which at the time of writing is fifteen days away. Anyway, I digress. Hosted annually by Tasmania's Museum of Old and New Art, the lineup for Mona Foma is as expected, a complete monster. So who will you be seeing? Find all the details, below.
Taking place across two weekends, Mona Foma will arrive in Launceston on February 17 and kick on until February 19, before it packs up and moves onto Hobart from February 24 to 26. Which is a good excuse as any to catch a plane (or the iconic Spirit of Tasmania) to Australia's island state.
As announced in October, artists like Angel Olsen, Bikini Kill, Bon Iver, Pavement, Jockstrap, and Peaches are slated to perform in Hobart, taking over the Mona lawns for a series of summer evening concerts.
Meanwhile, Launceston will host a free party all weekend long, revolving around art-forward installations, performances and a range of local food and drink. Step in for queer woodchopping in the quad and to witness the spectacle of a Complaints Choir airing local Launceston grievances through song. Otherwise, experience its punk bunker which does what it says on the lid.
Nashville artist Soccer Mommy will perform in Launceston, as will lyrical poet Kae Tempest. For those seeking out a quieter side to the festival, there'll be a Book Club at the Old Tafe Library where you can sink into late-night beanbags with a beverage and vibe away to music curated by 'sonic librarians'.
Honestly, there's a lot going on with over 370 artists beefing up the lineup. You can explore the Mona Foma program more in-depth at the festival website, where you'll find everything from tickets to general festival information.