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Festival line-up update: LEAF, Bugged Out Weekender, ADE and more

By | Published on Friday 27 September 2013


First off, it’s straight to exciting news of an all-new event on the scene, the Rob Da Bank/Ben Turner created LEAF, aka London Electronic Arts Festival, which takes place in spots all over the capital on 7-10 Nov. Mixing talks, installations and live performances by the likes of Major Lazer, William Orbit, Omar Souleyman, Trentemøller and Dinos Chapham, it’ll also feature ‘in conversation’ chats with Giorgio Moroder and New Order, plus workshops and masterclasses, catering by Seth Troxler and his Smokey Tails BBQ grill, and an exclusive Boiler Room side-event with Eats Everything and MK.

Speaking as one, co-curators Rob and Ben say: “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 DJs 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”.

Talking of electronically-inclined festi-conventions, is anyone headed to this year’s ADE (aka Amsterdam Dance Event)? Well, if headliners like Calvin Harris and Carl Cox didn’t quite clinch a ticket purchase at first, perhaps the EDM-athon’s latest announced acts – Seth Troxler, Tidd Terje, Nina Kraviz and Ame – might.

As you ponder that, please also ponder info on additions to Electronic Beats Festival’s Dresden arm, headbanging Butlins ‘bash’ Giants Of Rock, London’s Vans Warped Tour, new kid on the block Blackpool Rocks, Birmingham’s super-alt Bring To Light and Oxford all-dayer Audioscope, which donates all its profits to homelessness charity Shelter.

Over to the FLUUs…

AMSTERDAM DANCE EVENT, various venues, Amsterdam, Netherlands, 16-20 Oct: Ame, Culoe De Song, Goldfish, Henrik Schwarz, Joris Voorn, Midland, Nina Kraviz, Pachanga Boys, Sander van Doorn, San Proper, Seth Troxler, Solomun, The Martinez Brothers, Todd Terje, Tom Trago.

AUDIOSCOPE, Jericho Tavern, Oxford, 23 Nov: Esben And The Witch, Grumbling Fur, Califone, Pet Moon, Eat Lights Become Lights, Fonda 500, Pye Corner Audio, Thought Forms, Salvation Bill, Sauna Youth, Tomaga, Listing Ships.

BLACKPOOL ROCKS, Blackpool Winter Gardens, Blackpool, 21 Dec: The 1975, Disclosure, Wretch 32, Trevor Nelson, Pete Tong, Danny Howard, Swim Deep, Little Comets, Rae Morris, Huw Stephens, Grum, Hannah Wants, Fully Charged, Jay Fontalba, M.O, DJ Elliott Smith, Giles Hayton, Nick Coulson.

BRING TO LIGHT, Rainbow Warehouse/Library Of Birmingham, Birmingham, 25-27 Oct: Evil Blizzard.

BUGGED OUT WEEKENDER, Pontins Southport Holiday Park, Merseyside, 7-9 Mar 2014: Sasha, Dave Clarke, Erol Alkan, Dixon, Dusky, Eats Everything, Kölsch, Paul Woolford.

EB FESTIVAL DRESDEN, Alter Schlachthof, Dresden, Germany, 10 Nov: Mount Kimbie.

GIANTS OF ROCK, Butlins Resort Minehead, Somerset, 7-10 Feb 2014: Uriah Heep, Hawkwind, Sweet, Martin Turner’s Wishbone Ash, Snakecharmer, FM, Curved Air.

HARD ROCK HELL, Haven, Gwynedd, Wales, 28 Nov – 1 Dec: Skindred, Alpha Tiger, The Treatment, Logan, Attica Rage, Gonga, The Jokers, Massive Wagons, Cross Eyed Mary, Klose.

LEAF, various venues, London, 7-10 Nov: Major Lazer, Trentemøller, Dinos Chapman, William Orbit, The Bloody Beetroots, Giorgio Moroder, Omar Souleyman, Eats Everything, MK, Rob Da Bank, Éclair Fifi, Kevin Saunderson, Eddie ‘Flashin’ Fowlkes, Dantiez.

VANS WARPED TOUR, Alexandra Palace, London, 16-17 Nov: We Are The Ocean, The Skints, Attila, The Defiled, Love Zombies, Rat Attack.

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