MONA FOMA Unveils It’s Lineup For 2019



Neneh Cherry (SWE) + Underworld (UK) + Oneohtrix Point Never: Myriad (USA) + Mulatu Astatke and The Black Jesus Experience (ETH/AUS) + Julia Holter (USA) + Jonathan Bree (NZ) + Courtney Barnett (AUS) + Nakhane (ZAF) + Hańba! (POL) + Les Filles de Illighadad (NER) + Southeast Desert Metal (AUS) + WWWater (BEL) + Yirinda (AUS) + Satu Vänskä and the Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra (FIN/AUS) + group A (JPN)

● ART 

Kenny Pittock (AUS) + Heath Franco (AUS) + Lou Conboy (AUS) + Lou Hubbard (AUS) + Margie Livingston (USA) +Parer Studio (AUS) + Pete Matilla (AUS) + Rosie Deacon (AUS)


Dana Gingras + group A + Sonya Stefan (CAN/JAP) +, Stompin (AUS) + Tasdance (AUS)


Faux Mo + Morning Meditation + free programming at Albert Hall: Robin Fox installation and late night concerts (Fri – Kuniko Kato (JAP) + Sabu Orimo (JAP), Sat – Robin Fox (AUS) + Ensemble Offspring (AUS)) + more

This January, Launceston will bear witness to its first-ever Mona Foma—with its signature brand of unexpected, unpredictable and curious programming descending on the state’s second-largest city. 

Brian Ritchie said: “After ten years of blowing people’s minds in Hobart and three wins as Best Contemporary Music Festival in Australia, we’re taking the show on the road to Launceston. Similar to the actual A1, this road trip is fraught with potential danger but also a sense of adventure. Not only musical and artistic adventure but also cultural and social. Our partner, the Tasmanian State Government (aka citizens and taxpayers), has asked Mona Foma to help it break down the Berlin Wall/Mason-Dixon Line/Demilitarised Zone that runs through the state, using music and art as the battering ram.

“So, whether you’re from the south of Tasmania or a local Launcestonian, from any other TAS-locale, from the so-called Mainland, whether you’re international or intergalactic—we ask you to support this endeavour, not only for the kick-ass musical anarchy and artistic abandon that epitomises Mofo, but also to help us with this social engineering stunt. The utopian ideal we all desire for Tasmania hinges upon our success.”

Every year Mona Foma invites a new audience to experience the festival. This year it is the Amish of Lancaster County.

Brian said: “We’ve put up a bunch of billboards around Pennsylvania, inviting the local Amish to the festival—for free. We haven’t received any emails from them yet, but we’re hoping some will take up our offer.”

Legendary Swedish singer, songwriter and sometimes rapper Neneh Cherry will bring her post-punk-to-pop-star glory to the Mofo stage, fresh off the back of her 2018 release Broken Politics. Welsh electronic group Underworld will unleash a live show of rare spectacle accompanied by their signature euphoric, thumping sound.


Inveresk Precinct, Launceston

Three Day Festival Ticket

$99 adult + booking fee

$89 concession + booking fee

Under 12s free with ticketholder 

Locals Ticket

$89 adult + booking fee

$79 concession + booking fee

Under 12s free with ticketholder

Available to all Tasmanian residents

Limited Day Passes

$45 adult + booking fee

$40 concession + booking fee

Under 12s free with ticketholder

On sale Tuesday 27 November

Around Launceston

Faux Mo (18+)

$39 + booking fee

$45 on the door (subject to capacity)

Tickets available from Monday 15 October when purchased in conjunction with a Three Day Festival Ticket

General tickets on sale Tuesday 27 November


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