Tasmania’s intriguing, exciting and thrilling summer contemporary music and arts festival is back in January 2014, with what’s dubbed the most chaotic lineup since the Festival of Music and Art’s (MONA FOMA) beginnings in 2009.

This year, Brian Ritchie (Violent Femmes, The Break) is collaborating with senior curators of MONA, Nicole Durling and Olivier Varenne for the five-day weekend to showcase a diverse range of art forms that include elements of sound, noise, dance, theatre, visual art, performance and new media.

“Music is around us everyday, everywhere, whether we want it or not," says Ritchie, and that sentiment is no more obvious than during this festival.

With an egalitarian philosophy that works as MONA FOMA’s backbone, the festival aims to increase the exposure of limitless musical platforms and to expand listening experiences alongside a unique art experience provided by MONA. FOMA features three orchestras and over 200 artists that are set up over two stages down at a new location this year, Hobart’s Macquarie Wharf (MAC1 and MAC2), the home of MONA’s winter festival this year, DARK MOFO (in June).

Everything from prog-punk space opera, mediation, ambient electronica to black metal featuring violins, string quartet protest music, bluegrass Bach and many more chaotic art forms that serve anyone from gender liberationists to Krautrock fans.

The musical lineup includes acts like Astronautalis, Australian Art Orchestra, Faux Mo., Psycroptic, Sun Ra Arkestra, The Orb and many more.

MOFO is the perfect time to visit Hobart for a museum and festival double-up from January 15-19.

Tickets are on sale from Monday 28 October at mofo.net.au