Curated by Brian Ritchie (ex Violet Femmes), it’s a genre stretching mix of music, art, food and booze primarily situated on the waterfront of Hobart, Tasmania.
I’ve been hearing people rave about MONA since it opened in 2011, and heard similarly positive reports from MOFO and it’s winter festival DARK MOFO. The hype felt hard to live up to, but consider me a convert to the church of MONA.
Most of the MOFO acts on the bill were new to me, but like most of the best festivals, the joy is in discovering new bands to love (or hate), it’s the location, the people you’re with, the surprises, the weather, the food, etc…
What follows is a number of my pictures of MOFO and MONA, i’ll save some other Tassie photos for a follow up post.
Most wild tales that emanate from MOFO are from Faux Mo, the club night/after party that starts at 10pm and runs till the early hours.
A visit wouldn’t be complete without a trip to MONA. We went 3 times.
And that’s it for my MOFO experience. Thanks so much to Bec and MOFO who hosted Cybele and I.
Feeding the birds back at MOFO
Earplugs required for Russell Haswell
John Grant fills the MAC2 performance space
The journey to MONA is best done via boat on the MONA ROMA
Gooch Palms played a typically nude set at Faux Mo
Food Demo with Vince Trim
The view from our room window at Hotel Grand Chancellor. You couldn’t ask for a more convenient spot to travel to and from the festival each day.
MoMa Mona Markets
Sun Ra Arkestra
Floridian rapper Astronautilus
Oysters and a Moo Brew.
Betty Grumble performs at Faux Mo
Outside the main venue on Macquarie Wharf
The Julie Ruin inspired dancing
Dancing to The Julie Ruin
Sophia Brous performing with Mick Harvey
The crowd learns some Bollywood moves from Bombay Royale
Kathleen Hanna performs with The Julie Ruin
MONA covers many levels, tunnels and nooks and is literally carved into the sandstone cliff.
Enjoying Gooch Palms
This spaceship, apparently a 1/3 size replica of the real thing, greets guests arriving at Faux Mo
Ambient metal artist STRIBORG in a rare performance at the Chapel at MONA
Punters recline on the sought after bean bags
RGB, a laser and sound performance by Robin Fox
Cybele watches bit.fall by Julius Popp
One of the rooms at Faux Mo was a packed little dance party you enter via slippery dip
Young and old rocking out
Limbo party on the dance floor
Sensible ear wear for Russell Haswell
Russell Haswell’s set was especially loud and challenging
Blacksmiths & Nick Smithies – MONA FOMA Tasmania
The Julie Ruin
Fans of the Julie Ruin
Sun Ra Arkestra
The ADA Project by Conrad Shawcross featured singers (soprano Teresa Duddy in this case) performing to a moving robot.
An artwork in MONA’s The Red Queen exhibition
Client Liaison and their water cooler music
The Lepidopters, featuring Indonesian band Punkasila