It’s that time again, my friends, where we pull on our thermals, load up with those little Hot Hands sachets, and venture down to Australia‘s spooky island, Tasmania, for the annual gathering of the spooks – DARK MOFO.

Ranging from live shows from FKA TwigsJonsiSampa The GreatMallrat, and Sharon Van Etten, to experimental art, the biggest long-table feast that looks like a gathering of an underworld church, the 7th annual Dark Mofo will be taking over the greater Hobart area with its ominous vibes from June 6 – 23.

There’s also the Liminal Soundbath, where punters are encouraged to lie on the floor and let the sounds from a live performance from members of Sigur Rós to wash over them. Sounds like pure bliss tbh.

I experienced Dark Mofo for the first time last year and let me tell you; this is one incredibly special festival. The nights are dark and full of secrets, and I found myself buying beers from a man with a trolley adorned in flowers and fairy lights, drinking whiskey and eating fresh oysters on a boat in Bruny Island, and lining up for a 2am rave cave in an abandoned cinema.

It’s also such a good festival to just buy tickets to literally anything. You might just find yourself in a huge orchestral theatre watching the Tassie Symphony Orchestra performing Baltic hymns for an hour. Or you might end up in a completely immersive room being blown into the back wall by a noise band while being blinded by lights. My advice? Invest in a good-ass pair of earplugs.

On top of all the music performances, there’s some incredible art from all over the world, including Mike ParrJulie Goughs, and a full “latex kink wonderland” from Japanese artist Saeborg.

Seriously, what the fuck. (Image supplied)

There’s a cheeky presale that you can sign up for over HERE, which goes on sale from 6pm on Monday, April 15, and general sale kicks off from 12pm on Tuesday, April 16.

Check out the full music lineup below, and give in to the curiosity – trust me, it’ll be worth it.

DARK MOFO 2019 MUSIC LINEUP

FKA TWIGS
FRIDAY, JUNE 14
MAC2, HOBART
$99+bf

AGAINST ALL LOGIC / NICOLÁS JAAR
SATURDAY, JUNE 15
MAC2, HOBART
$99+bf

NICOLÁS JAAR & GROUP
SATURDAY, JUNE 16
FEDERATION CONCERT HALL
$59-$79+bf

COSTUME*
WEDNESDAY, JUNE 12
ODEON THEATRE, HOBART
$49+bf

SERPENTWITHFEET & KELSEY LU
THURSDAY, JUNE 13
ODEON THEATRE, HOBART
$69+bf

JÓNSI (SIGUR RÓS) & ALEX W/ TASMANIAN SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA
JUNE 14 – 15
FEDERATION CONCERT HALL, HOBART
$69-$99+bf

ANNA CALVI
SATURDAY, JUNE 15
ODEON THEATRE, HOBART
$79+bf

LONNIE HOLLEY
WEDNESDAY, JUNE 12
ALTAR, 112 MURRAY ST, HOBART
$39+bf

JOHN GRANT
THURSDAY, JUNE 20
ODEON THEATRE, HOBART
$79+bf

DIRTY THREE
SUNDAY, JUNE 16
1PM & 6PM SHOWS
ODEON THEATRE, HOBART
$89+bf

LIMINAL SOUNDBATH (MEMBERS OF SIGUR ROS)
SUNDAY, JUNE 16
MAC2, HOBART
$59+bf

ROGER ENO
SUNDAY, JUNE 23
HOBART TOWN HALL
$29-$49+bf

SHARON VAN ETTEN
SATURDAY, JUNE 9
ODEON THEATRE, HOBART
$39-$79+bf

PHURPA
THURSDAY, JUNE 13
ALTAR, 112 MURRAY ST, HOBART
$39+bf

NIGHT MASS
FEAT. MALLRAT, SAMPHA THE GREAT, EMPRESS OF, IC3PEAK, JUNGLEPUSSY & MORE
14 – 15 JUNE & 21 – 22 JUNE
NIGHT MASS NEIGHBOURHOOD
10PM – LATE
$89+bf

HYMNS TO THE DEAD
FEAT. MYSTIFIER, DRAGGED INTO SUNLIGHT, FUNEBRARUM, ZHRINE & HERESIARCH

WEDNESDAY, JUNE 19
ODEON THEATRE, HOBART
$89+bf

LUCRECIA DALT: THE GOLEM
WEDNESDAY, JUNE 19
HOBART TOWN HALL, HOBART
$29+bf

AUTHOR & PUNISHER
19 – 20 JUNE
ALTAR, 112 MURRAY ST, HOBART
$39+bf

LATERNE BY BERLIN ATONAL
MAC2, HOBART
THURSDAY, JUNE 20

FEAT. AÏSHA DEVI FT. MFO PRESENT, LABOUR NEXT TIME DIE CONSCIOUSLY, LUCRECIA DALT PRESENTS: SYNCLINES, VATICAN SHADOW PRESENTS: MEDIA IN THE SERVICE OF TERROR & PUCE MARY

FRIDAY, JUNE 21
FEAT. LEE GAMBLE PRESENTS: IN A PARAVENTRAL SCALE, SILVIA KASTEL, MARSHSTEPPER PRESENTS: THE SLOE SEEDING OF EDEN: A STARLIT ENFOLD, SECOND WOMAN & UF (KERRIDGE & OAKE)
$89+bf

TEHO TEARDO & BLIXA BARGELD
THURSDAY, JUNE 20
ODEON THEATRE, HOBART
$79+bf

AUGIE MARCH
SATURDAY, JUNE 22
ODEON THEATRE, HOBART
$59+bf

BORDERLANDS
FEAT. THE SHEER FROST ORCHESTRA, JOE TALIA & EIKO ISHIBASHI, RAFAEL ANTON IRISARRI, LUCY RAILTON, KUSUM NORMOYLE & STEPHEN O’MALLEY [SUNN O)))]
SATURDAY, JUNE 22
MAC2, HOBART
$89+bf

MY HEART SWIMS IN BLOOD: VAN DIEMEN’S BAND
SATURDAY, JUNE 22
HOBART TOWN HALL, HOBART
$39-$59+bf

KIKU FEATURING BLIXA BARGELD & BLACK CRACKER
SUNDAY, JUNE 23
ODEON THEATRE, HOBART
$39-$79+bf

MARY LATTIMORE & JULIANNA BARWICK
SUNDAY, JUNE 23
ALTAR, 112 MURRAY ST, HOBART
$29+bf

C U THERE. (Image: Courtney Fry)

As always, the nude swim is happening the morning after the winter solstice (June 22), and the burning of the Ogoh-Ogoh is happening on the final night, Sunday, June 23 and it’s a demonic swift parrot this year.

See you in the dark, friends.

Image: Courtney Fry