by Robin Vincent | Approximate reading time: 2 Minutes
Moogfest 2020

Moogfest 2020  ·  Source: Moogfest


Moog Music has announced that they’ve decided to cancel 2020s Moogfest for “logistical reasons” in order to focus on the future and to investigate new ways of exploring the future of music, art and technology.


No Moogfest

Moogfest has run every year since 2004 and is an exciting, creative and beautiful festival that takes all of us electronic music travellers beyond the technology and into the warm embrace of art, sound and music. It’s the one synthesizer or music gear show that’s felt less about the product and more about connecting with other travellers and marvelling at what’s possible. They’ve attracted a wide range of electronic music artists and a huge audience to the 3-day event in Durham, NC. One of the most awesome parts of the festival is the workshops that give a handful of people the opportunity to build a genuine Moog device with the help of Moog engineers. It’s produced things like the DFAM, the Spectravox and the Subharmonium.

But sadly Moog has decided that they need a break to focus on the future of what the festival should be about. I imagine putting something like Moogfest together is a huge undertaking and perhaps it’s right to put that energy in reshaping it for a future that seems to be growing in access to synthesizers and the enjoyment of electronic sounds.

The statement from Moog finishes with this:

To all attendees, artists, sponsors, presenters, and volunteers: thank you for your support, understanding, and patience as the Moogfest experience continues to evolve.


Your Friends at Moog Music

For ticket holders who pre-purchased access for Moogfest 2020, please email us at for information regarding obtaining a refund. We apologize for any inconvenience this may have caused.

I’ve never been to Moogfest but it’s the one show of the year that I yearn to attend more than any other and I look forward to where it might go next.

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2 responses to “Moogfest synthesizer arts festival has been shelved for 2020”

  1. Jon says:

    “It’s the one synthesizer or music gear show that’s felt less about the product and more about connecting with other travellers and marvelling at what’s possible”

    It would be nice if that were the case but sadly it is not. I’ve been the last two years and it was more about the vendors. Oddly enough, that’s where I bought my Behringer Model D. The Behringer Model D was so popular that the vendor selling them actually sold out and was taking drop-ship orders for attendees.

    Most of the interesting exhibits or events cost extra money (like the engineering workshops, or the concerts) on top of the admission. Moogfest was becoming more of a baby NAMM for synth companies to sell their products directly to synth nerds. I suspect this is why Moog decided to hit pause and re-think what Moogfest should be.

    • Robin says:

      That’s interesting, thanks. I speak as someone who aspires to go along rather than having any direct experience and i would absolutely assume that i paid full whack for every experience on offer 😀
      I hope they make it what it should be.

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