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Georgio Moroder and William Orbit confirmed for first London Electronic Arts Festival

LEAF 2013

Story by Jack Foley

GEORGIO Moroder, William Orbit, New Order and Major Lazer are among the acts confirmed for the first ever London Electronic Arts Festival (LEAF).

Billed as a major new city-wide event for London, showcasing its innovative heritage in electronic music, LEAF aims to explore and reclaim the legacy of London as a pioneering figure in the global electronic music movement through a series of talks, technology masterclasses, installations, screenings, parties and performances.

LEAF is created and curated by Bestival founder and BBC Radio 1 DJ Rob da Bank, and music pioneer and International Music Summit creator Ben Turner, in partnership with SJM Concerts, the UK’s leading independent concert promoter.

The event is partnered with Point Blank – the award-winning music production school based in East London, an epicentre of music and technology innovation, and a natural home for LEAF.

LEAF will focus on how the genre has influenced visual art, film and live music. At the central creative venue, the LEAF HUB, located at the historic Shoreditch Electric Light Station, there will be workshops, exhibitions, master-classes and talks, including the legendary Giorgio Moroder in conversation, and New Order talking about the influence of Ibiza on the recording of their 1989 Technique album.

Also at the LEAF HUB will be an exclusive event for 150 badge holders with Boiler Room, presenting Eats Everything, MK and Rob da Bank – all appearing on the platform for the very first time.

Dinos Chapman from the renowned Chapman Brothers will appear at LEAF with an AV Installation of his much celebrated music project, Luftbobler. Featuring a series of short films made by the artist set to an electronic soundtrack composed by Chapman, the Luftbobler installation is an immersive and surreal experience not to be missed.

New BBC Radio 1 underground recruit Éclair Fifi presents a Detroit special and brings in Kevin Saunderson and Eddie ‘Flashin’ Fowlkes to guest. Saunderson will play ‘generation to generation’ with his son Dantiez – an emerging star in his own right.

Across the capital, LEAF will stage shows in some of London’s most revered live music venues and warehouse spaces including Major Lazer at Brixton Academy on November 7, and Trentemoller at The Forum. There will be additional events of all shapes and sizes, largely in the surrounding east London area, including a performance by The Bloody Beetroots at Village Underground on November 7, as well as a DJ set by Giorgio Moroder at Oval Space, which is a UK exclusive.

This will be his first appearance in the UK since his work on the Daft Punk album and his now legendary DJ set for Red Bull Music Academy in New York this summer.

Entry to the LEAF HUB is via a four-day pass or a day pass, with stand-alone ticketed events.

Ben Turner & Rob da Bank, LEAF curators and creators, said in a joint statement: “London has defined a genre. It may not have invented electronic music, but it gave it a global focal point for decades. Its influence from DJ-s to parties, flyers to technology platforms has been pivotal to the durability and the inventiveness of this scene.

LEAF aims to bring all of this together for the very first time in the capital. This is our way of giving something back to a city that helped shape our entire working lives.”

LEAF takes place from November 7 to 10, 2013.

Confirmed acts

GIORGIO MORODER (talk and DJ set)
MAJOR LAZER (live)
WILLIAM ORBIT (talk and live performance)
NEW ORDER (talk)
TRENTEMOLLER (live)
AV INSTALLATION: DINOS CHAPMAN (installation / talk)
THE BLOODY BEETROOTS (live)
OMAR SOULEYMAN (live)
BOILERROOM PRESENTS EATS EVERYTHING, MK, ROB DA BANK and HAPPA
(exclusive event inside the Hub for ticket holders)
BBC RADIOPHONIC WORKSHOP (live)
DANIEL MILLER’s A-Z OF ELECTRONIC MUSIC
ÉCLAIR FIFI’S DETROIT SPECIAL WITH KEVIN SAUNDERSON & EDDIE
FOWLKES
ARTHUR BAKER / HORSE MEAT DISCO
INTRODUCING… THE WOLF
FOOD BY SETH TROXLER & RYAN CROSSON’S SMOKEY TAILS