For the first time in 12 years of showcasing the best electronic music and tech of our time in New York City and then in Asheville, Moogfest made the big move to the Bull City—and we’re sure glad they did! Despite a couple of hiccups (Mykki Blanco cancelling due to illness, infinite lines for acts such as GZA, Gary Numan and Explosions in the Sky), this four-day music extravaganza was a smash hit, creating a space for musical exploration by bringing together diverse artists, demos and tech geniuses all in one place. The Offline team was excited to attend as press and snap some pics throughout the whole shindig. Relive some of our favorite moments with our photo essay below!

 

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Dev Hynes (left) of Blood Orange kicked off the first night of Moogfest with his RnB-meets-electronic grooves and an ensemble of talented musicians, backed by gorgeous projections of the Manhattan skyline. Photo: Chelsea Pieroni / Offline Media

 

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Photo: Chelsea Pieroni / Offline Media

 

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Motorco Park, Moogfest’s biggest outdoor stage, was set up behind Motorco Music Hall, giving the corner of Rigsbee and Geer St. a radically different look. Photo: Chelsea Pieroni / Offline Media

 

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Grimes’ performance was high energy, with front-woman Claire Boucher leaping across the stage (and occasionally rapping in Russian) paired with an entourage of breathtaking dancers. Photo: Chelsea Pieroni / Offline Media

 

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In addition to her slam-packed show, Grimes also set up “REALiTi—The Music of Grimes”  by the Carolina Theatre, an immersive and interactive installation where the public—thanks to Microsoft Kinect technology—could physically interact with the artist’s music via motion sensors. Microsoft and Listen partnered with Moogfest to help make this installation possible. Photo: Chelsea Pieroni / Offline Media

 

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Food truck fare abounded at Moogfest! We hit up Napoli Pizza from Carrboro to grab a delicious apricot-glazed pie. Photo: Chelsea Pieroni / Offline Media

 

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The Cage inside American Tobacco Campus hosted IDEO’s “Play–Sound” playground, featuring enormous balloons that produced sounds when bounced or tapped. Photo: Chelsea Pieroni / Offline Media

 

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Merge Records of Durham and All Day Records of Carrboro joined forces on Saturday afternoon for a pop-up record fair, while local DJs joined to provide the tunes. Photo: Chelsea Pieroni / Offline Media

 

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California artist Moses Sumney left the crowd awestruck with his loop and guitar-based performance inside the gorgeous First Presbyterian Church. Photo: Chelsea Pieroni / Offline Media

 

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Daniel Bachman delighted audiences at First Presbyterian with his nouveau-folky tunes, performing with an interesting array of instruments, including lap-guitars, gongs and a handmade, hurdy-gurdy-like cylinder with eight strings. Photo: Chelsea Pieroni / Offline Media

 

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Inside Full Frame Theater at American Tobacco Campus, Moog Music (a synthesizer company based in Asheville, NC), set up a pop-up modular marketplace. Festival-goers and music enthusiasts could come learn about, tinker with and play a series of high-end electronic musical instruments inspired by the inventor of the synthesizer himself, the late Bob Moog. Photo: Chelsea Pieroni / Offline Media

 

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Discovering the theremin for the first time is always a surprising experience! No pressing or touching is involved, this instrument produces motion-activated sounds simply by waving your hands around its extremities. Photo: Chelsea Pieroni / Offline Media

 

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All ages were fascinated by the synths at Aloft’s Musical Playground in the park. Photo: Chelsea Pieroni / Offline Media

 

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YACHT closed out the night with a powerful, sweaty performance inside Motorco Music Hall, which included a tribute to Prince. Photo: Chelsea Pieroni / Offline Media

 

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YACHT front-woman Claire Evans jumped into the crowd and bewitched her fans with a performance of “The Afterlife”. Photo: Chelsea Pieroni / Offline Media