Norwegian black metal pioneers Ulver are the first announcement for Dark Mofo 2017, Mona’s winter festival program. A fittingly dark pairing, it will be the band’s first performance in Australia.
Dark Mofo, Mona’s winter festival in Tasmania, Australia, delves into centuries-old winter solstice rituals, exploring the links between ancient and contemporary mythologies, humans and nature, religious and secular traditions, darkness and light, and birth, death and renewal.
Fronted by vocalist and primus motor Kristoffer Rygg, Ulver’s stylistic unpredictability sets them apart as a stubborn pack of wolves from the land of the midnight sun, with their sound swinging like a dread filled pendulum of metal and experimental soundscapes.
Ulver’s unruly play with myth, history and pop culture has never been more manifest than now with the forthcoming April release of their new album The Assassination of Julius Caesar, as they weave together mythology both ancient and contemporary, drawing lines between the death of Diana, Princess of Wales, and the Greek goddess Artemis (Roman: Diana) and the hunter Actaeon, from the assassination attempt against Pope John Paul II, to the headquarters of Anton LaVey’s Church of Satan.
Ulver vocalist Kristoffer Rygg said:
‘Dark Mofo is one strange beast of a festival, and they have really pulled out all the big guns to make it possible to drag a pack of Vikings quite literally to the other side of the world in June. We have heard exceptional tales about this midwinter celebration.’
The full Dark Mofo lineup will be announced Friday 7 April, 2017 and tickets go on sale Tuesday 11 April 2017. Subscribe for updates here.
Dark Mofo 2017 8-21 June
Ulver – Thursday 15 June 2017, Odeon Theatre, Hobart, Tasmania, Australia
Register for pre-sale tickets, on sale Monday 10 April 2017 AEST from here.
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Seen at top: Ulver © Ingrid Aas 2017
Dark Mofo is a project of Mona, supported by the State Government through Events Tasmania.