Hobart's weird and wonderful festival of the dark arts, Dark Mofo, is back for it's 6th instalment. To help you sort out you program we've compiled a list of things not to miss.
Lou Reed: Drones - June 8-10 and 13-24
Domain House (Free)
The late Mr Reed's guitars and amps used in a cohesive 24 string ensemble, activated by magnetic cones, unleashing cascading and colliding waves of feedback.
Societe Anonyme - June 10
Hadley's Orient Hotel ($99 + booking fee, 18+)
A night of cloaked exhibitionism at old Hadley's Orient Hotel. An event filled with disguise and anonymity not to miss.
Marlon Williams - June 14
Odeon Theatre ($39 + booking fee, 18+ / sold out)
Our May artist of the month Mr Williams will be sure to woo the crowd in his sold out show at the Odeon.
St Vincent - June 15
MAC2 ($99 + booking fee)
Rock goddess St Vincent herself will be taking the stage at MAC2 for an energetic show featuring music from her latest album Masseduction
Night Mass - June 15-16 and 22-23
Corner of Murray and Liverpool Street ($59 per night + booking fee, 18+Door sales $65 (subject to capacity))
As they say, come to worship the night in a hidden city of Night Mass as over 100 artists spread their works over 5 different venues. There's artworks, performances, cocktail lounges, clubs and liturgical raves, tucked away in a sprawling nocturnal neighbourhood that includes the Bang Bang Bar, old Tattersalls Hotel, Odeon Theatre, Grand Poobah, Cinema One and select laneways. One not to miss!
Winter Feast - June 15-17 and 21-24
Princes Wharf 1 ($10-$20 and free after 8pm)
As the name suggests, the Winter Feast is a banquet held over numerous nights which celebrates the art of cooking with fire.
Nude Solstice Swim - June 22 (7.42am)
Long Beach, Sandy Bay (Free with registration)
Take that full moon quite literally and dive butt naked into some of the coldest waters for the winter solstice. A refreshing morning dip...
Alice Glass + Zola Jesus - June 23
Odeon Theatre ($59 + booking fee, 18+)
Electro punk meets goth pop with this dynamite combination of performers at the Odeon
A Journey To Freedom - various openings throughout festival
Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery (Free)
An exhibition breaking open ideas of imprisonment and ‘doing time’—from the psychological and social prisons we construct for ourselves and others to physical confinement in spaces like jails and detention centres.
Odeon Theatre ($29–$59 + booking fee)
Gather at the end of the festival as an orchestra reinterprets the minimalist composer, Basinski’s, crumbling elegy for a fallen New York—introduced by the man himself.
Mona Exhibitions - various openings throughout festival
June 15-17 and 21-24 Dark Park - Industrial Public Arts Playground
For the full program, find details at Dark Mofo here.