David Lynch’s Festival of Disruption to Host Mercury Rev’s First L.A. Performance in 10 Years


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The David Lynch Foundation is excited to announce additions to the already stellar lineup for the 4th iteration of David Lynch’s Festival of Disruption, returning to the Theatre at Ace Hotel in downtown Los Angeles on October 13th and 14th.

Mercury Rev joins the bill, making their first major L.A. appearance in 10 years, where they’ll perform songs off the acclaimed album “Deserter’s Songs” in celebration of its 20th anniversary. There will be a performance by TOKiMONSTA, a DJ set by Saint Motel, and the weekend also features the U.S. premiere of David Lynch’s Fetish photography along with Christian Louboutin’s Fetish objects. PRESS HERE for tickets to the immersive festival, which now include newly-released day and evening passes (starting at $55), curated entirely by auteur filmmaker/artist David Lynch and presented by ALEX AND ANI.

Kicking off the festival, David Lynch will host a gala at Kayne Griffin Corcoran Gallery on Friday, October 12th where a new David Lynch fine art exhibition titled “I Was A Teenage Insect” will be on display throughout Festival of Disruption. Shepard Fairey will also be in attendance to serve as the DJ for the gala.

The event takes its name from one of Lynch’s favorite quotes, attributed to the founder of Transcendental Meditation, Maharishi Mahesh Yogi: “Life is a festival of disruption.” Indeed, only from the mind of Lynch could such a collection of artists join forces for this once-in-a-lifetime weekend. All of the participants were chosen because they champion creativity, experimentation, integrity, beauty, depth, and kindness – they embody the spirit of Festival of Disruption.

“The Festival of Disruption is not only a music festival, it’s also an art festival and forum for speakers to share ideas and inspire creativity. It promotes Transcendental Meditation, as taught by Maharishi Mahesh Yogi, to end suffering for the people and bring happiness and peace. The Festival of Disruption wants to disrupt the old bad, and bring in the new good!” – David Lynch 

Along with Mercury Rev and TOKiMONSTA, the musical lineup is led by Wu-Tang Clan founder RZA, who will re-score the classic 1978 kung-fu film “The 36th Chamber of Shaolin” from othe pening sequence to closing credits, syncing scenes from the movie with tracks from Wu-Tang’s legendary discography. Leading the daytime programming, David Lynch himself will participate in an audience Q&A moderated by John Horn (host of NPR’s The Frame) while attendees are treated to complimentary coffee and donuts. Multiple Academy Award-winning filmmaker Francis Ford Coppola will also give an audience Q&A after a screening of his 1996 film “Jack” starring Robin Williams.

“I thought it would be interesting to show what is usually considered my worst film. As films are generally like your children you tend to favor those that are the most disadvantaged.” – Francis Ford Coppola 

In addition, Sigur Rós’ Jónsi will team with collaborators Alex Somers and Paul Corley for Liminal Soundbath, a meditative light and sound experience which repurposes music from throughout their collective catalogs to hypnotic effect.

Other highlights include a rare stateside visit from legendary performer Grace Jones, who will discuss and screen her documentary “Bloodlight and Bami,” rising star rapper Vic Mensa and the second-ever performance from longtime Lynch fan Mike Patton (Faith No More, Mr. Bungle, Fantomas) and DJ QBert, whose unique set will feature music inspired by David’s work.

In a performance sure to delight longtime Lynch aficionados, renowned classical ensemble Dover Quartet will play music from their Twin Peaks Suite, while Nashville musician Justin Johnson, whom Lynch discovered on YouTube, will treat festival-goers to his signature approach to blues and roots music. Longtime David Lynch Foundation supporters Dylan Carlson (Earth) and Richard Reed Parry (Arcade Fire) will also perform during Festival of Disruption, while writer Barry Gifford will be featured in conversation in tandem with a screening of “Wild at Heart,” Lynch’s 1990 film adaptation of Gifford’s book of the same name.

Highlighting Lynch’s ongoing involvement in multiple artistic motifs, the festival will stage the U.S. premiere of his photography and Christian Louboutin’s sculptures entitled “Fetish,” first presented in 2007 at Galerie du Passage in Paris.

Due to a scheduling conflict, previously announced performers Jeff Goldblum and the Mildred Snitzer Orchestra will no longer be appearing at Festival of Disruption.

Proceeds from Festival of Disruption benefit the David Lynch Foundation, whose mission is reducing toxic stress and trauma among at-risk populations, including victims of domestic violence, veterans suffering from post-traumatic stress, and underserved urban youth, through the evidence-based Transcendental Meditation (TM) technique. In line with this mission, the festival will welcome New York Times best-selling author Dr. Norman Rosenthal to discuss the psychological benefits of TM.

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Previous Festival of Disruptions brought together Robert Plant, St. Vincent, Bon Iver, The Kills, TV On The Radio, Sharon Van Etten, Laura Marling, My Morning Jacket’s Jim James, Animal Collective, Angel Olsen, Au Revoir Simone, Reggie Watts, Questlove, Moby, Shepard Fai rey, Flying Lotus, Jon Hopkins, Dean Hurley, LCD Soundsystem’s Nancy Whang, John Malkovich, Laura Dern, Kyle MacLachlan, Naomi Watts, Bill Hader, Pete Holmes, Isabella Rossellini, Brian Koppelman, Gregory Crewdson, Frank Gehry, Ed Ruscha, “Twin Peaks” cast and crew members including Sheryl Lee, and many more for wildly successful weekends. Attendees were captivated by the immersive Lynchian world created at The Theatre at Ace Hotel and Brooklyn Steel with custom décor, bespoke food & beverage, and photo and virtual reality exhibits that reflected the filmmaker ‘s incomparable vision.

As presenting sponsor,  ALEX AND ANI  will have a pop-up shop at the Festival featuring their limited edition CHARITY BY DESIGN collection designed in collaboration with David Lynch himself. Twenty percent of the purchase price of each ALEX AND ANI | CHARITY BY DESIGN x David Lynch Foundation accessory benefits the organization’s mission to prevent + eradicate toxic stress among at-risk populations. New items to the charity collection will debut at the festival, including a beautiful Fish Hook Necklace and “Twin Peaks” themed Coffee and Donut Charm Bangles. The ALEX AND ANI | CHARITY BY DESIGN x David Lynch Foundation collection first debuted in October 2017 and has raised more than $250,000 for the Foundation to date.

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