Gary Numan (photo by Daniel White)
photo by Caleb Smallwood
photo by Ben Saren

The 2016 edition of Moogfest went down in Durham, NC, last weekend, right before what would have been Bob Moog's 82nd birthday. The festival of "future sound and future thought" brought together a diverse list of both electronic music icons (Gary Numan, Silver Apples, Laurie Anderson) and current players (Grimes, Explosions in the Sky, sun O))), Blood Orange, Tim Hecker, Empress Of, Julia Holter) and more for the four day festival.

Some of the specific highlights included a Night 1 overnight concert where attendees slept on beds while Robert Rich's synthetic lulabys sent them to slumberland; Gary Numan playing classic albums Replicas, The Pleasure Principle, and Telekon; Sam Aaron playing a techno set where he was coding it all live; the hyperactive dayglo of Grimes; and a family event featuring Yo Gabba Gabba.

The festival’s future thought was represented by interactive music instillations such as the Microsoft helmed Realiti: Inside The Music Of Grimes, which allowed festival attendees to manipulate Grimes’ 2015 track ‘Realiti’ using only their bodies. The fest also heralded the return, after a hiatus of over 30 years, the classic Minimoog Model D synthesizer.

If you want to get a jump on Moogfest 2017, it will happen May 18 - 21 in Durham, NC and early bird passes are on sale now. Check out galleries of all four days of Moogfest 2016, plus some tweets and instagrams, below.