MOFO 2013 is an innovative music and visual arts festival held from 16 to 20 January 2013. This was the fifth anniversary of the event. National and international artists performed at venues in Hobart and Clarence.

The featured artists for MOFO 2013 were David Byrne (ex Talking Heads) and St Vincent (aka Annie Clark), backed by an eight-piece choreographed brass band.

Elvis Costello and his band, the Imposters, also performed.

Other MOFO 2013 performances included Neil Gaiman at the Theatre Royal, Michael Kieren Harvey at the Town Hall and MOFO Eastern Sho at Rosny Barn.

There was also daily musical meditation sessions in St Mary’s Cathedral (with Bickram Ghosh, Adam Simmons, Josephine Truman, and Colin Offord); food, wine and beer demonstrations; music workshops and rehearsals, and the MOFO Eastern Sho in Rosny Park.

Faux Mo, MOFO’s nightclub ran16 hours a day at undisclosed locations. Faux Mo event updates and act details were only available by downloading the MONA FOMA App.

On Saturday, 19 January 2013, the Mona Market (MoMa), held at MONA, combined produce from local community growers with local designers and craftspeople, curated projects, live music and `how to’ workshops.

MONA’s latest exhibition, Theatre of the World, is Australia’s largest collaboration between a private and public museum (TMAG), and runs until 8 April 2013.

MONA FOMA 2012 won the Helpmann Award for Best Contemporary Music Festival. Other nominees in this field were the Future Music Festival 2012, Bluesfest 2012 and Vivid Live 2011.

Background information about the artists that performed at MOFO 2013:

POUAW! By Mat Ward with Tania Bosak and the No Mates Ensemble

POUAW! is an original composition, and a made-for-MOFO premier. It is an ensemble of six noise machines based on Luigi Russolo’s six sound-families tuned to the speed and intensity of modern industry. POUAW! will have a domesticated `tradie’ accompaniment of power tools, heavy machinery, white goods, the spoken word, and screaming children. The project is supported by The Alcorso Foundation and Arts Tasmania.


Los Coronas are widely recognised as Spain's best instrumental surf band. Their sound is a mix of Spanish melodies, and their own vision of the ‘60s Californian surf sound.

Bickram is one of the world’s finest players of the tabla – the Indian drum. His career includes working with George Harrison and Ravi Shankar. He draws on his traditional training and adds to it with electronics and improvisation, backed by Hindustani vocals.


Tania is respected for her diverse creative practice and is well-known for starting Hobart’s weekly courtyard party, Rektango. She will perform with her barefoot band in Hobart for the first time. This is a MOFO premier event.


Pretty Lights is the musical vision of the ultra-versatile Colorado-based producer Derek Vincent Smith. Pretty Lights provides energetic and emotive cutting-edge music and has given away more than 2.6 million free album downloads to date and averages 20 000 paid iTunes downloads each month.


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