One of the reasons Moogfest can offer so many different components spread throughout downtown Asheville is its volunteer force. These individuals are all over the place, doing everything from making sure venues are stocked with the festival guide to informing guests about hi-tech installations.
Among them is Megan Taylor, who moved to Weaverville from Philadelphia last May partly because of Moogfest. An underground EDM artist who performs under the name Sapphirecut, she wanted to meet other artistic locals and be an active part of the community, which she says volunteering at the festival has provided.
Tuesday night, Taylor packed welcome bags at the Renaissance Hotel; midday Wednesday found her assisting with the Dr. Strangeloop Installation at the Altamont Theatre; and Thursday morning she helped with artist check-in back at the Renaissance. Alongside her so far have been people from Detroit, Philly and New York, both young and old.
Each of them also had to fork over a deposit in order to volunteer in the form of a $180 money order. Upon working 18 hours, they’ll get the check back along with tickets to festival performances. For Taylor, that means seeing sets by Giorgio Moroder and, more importantly, Pet Shop Boys, of whom she’s been a longtime fan and supporter.