Is Hobart the coolest place in Australia? Yes and yes. It got down to 12 degrees on Saturday night – but all the better for giving your winter festival gear another outing.
Last weekend was Mona Foma – or Mofo for short – the Hobart summer music and arts festival, now in its seventh year. Curated by former Violent Femme Brian Ritchie, the festival’s sell-out crowds were treated to New York post-punk rockers Swans, Li Buyuan, a Chinese perfomance artist smashing 250 hammers, and Amanda Palmer singing a cover of Lou Reed’s Perfect Day with her husband Neil Gaiman and Paul Kelly – among others.
Mofo and its winter equivalent Dark Mofo could rightly claim to be Australia’s most interesting, challenging and diverse music festivals. So what to wear?
Hobart fashion has traditionally favoured wind-breaker utiliarian (think North Face fleece teamed with jeans) – but the burgeoning arts and cultural scene of recent years has resulted in a more diverse look on Hobart’s streets.
More from Mofo 2015
• Brian Ritchie on Violent Femmes and curating Mofo
• Jim Moginie on Mofo and life after Midnight Oil
• Michael Gira: Swans, religion and the hubris of Matthew Barney
• Ben Frost on Aurora and his Australian homecoming