London Electronic Arts Festival is a two-day cultural celebration of electronic music, art, technology and digital futurism that will attract around 20,000 Electronic music fans into the heart of London.
Created and curated by Bestival founder and DJ Rob da Bank, LEAF will take up a two-day residency at one of London’s most unique and visually stunning event spaces, the grade one-listed Tobacco Dock in East London.
Day 1 will focus on talks, demonstrations and discussion groups aimed at fans, enthusiasts, apprentices and connoisseurs as well as interactive panels from high profile artists from the many corners of music, tech and art. The conference will feature a tech demo space, great food and drinks as well as a networking area. To round off the first day some of the world’s finest live electronic artists have been assembled for LEAF LIVE, which will take place in the beautiful ‘Great Gallery’ of Tobacco Dock.
Day Two will shift up a gear for the flagship LEAF event at Tobacco Dock, with an incredible line-up of some of the world’s most revered electronic artists, compiled by LEAF across over more than ten hours. As day moves into night and LEAF draws to a close, we turn to the roots of London’s music scene as LEAF takes over the capital’s best nightclubs and events spaces with the biggest names in electronic music.
Built in the early 19th Century as a secure bonded warehouse for the receipt and storage of tobacco from the New World, Tobacco Dock was designed to offer complete security for precious and highly desirable goods.
Re-launched in October 2012, its new owners are developing this incredible space (comprising more than 16,000m2 over two floors) to create London’s newest and most flexible events’ venue. Tobacco Dock has its own outdoor, quayside space and offers ultimate accessibility and parking facilities for over 800 cars. This unique venue has a huge variety of spaces from the big and cavernous to the small, dark and intimate, which provides the perfect setting as the home of the London Electronic Arts Festival (LEAF).
The Great Gallery is the largest room, used as the main space for music events, it is full of character featuring original oak beams supporting a glass vaulted roof to house the biggest headliners. Next is the basement of the car park, used as room 2 for electronic music events. Its dark, tunnel like appearance reminiscent of the famed Berghain in Berlin, this makes it perfectly suited for the deeper and more experimental sounds of the underground. In addition to these there are a multitude of different spaces, from vaulted rooms in the basement to gorgeous brick walled, glass rooms on the upper and lower levels. Put this all together and it will be the perfect setting for two days of panels, presentations, showcases and electronic music.
Need somewhere to stay for LEAF weekend? This year LEAF have teamed up with leading club ticket website Festicket to package together festival tickets with travel, accommodation and add-ons, tailoring your complete festival trip with one click.
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LEAF First Edition in Pictures
To see images of last years event please click here
LEAF goes to the Movies
LEAF once again teams up with Jersey’s cutting-edge Branchage Film Festival to present ‘Beats On Film’, a programme of films portraying or examining defining stages in the evolution of dance music. Each film will be accompanied by Q&As featuring special guests musicians, DJs and filmmakers who will discuss the themes of the films.
The screenings will take place on Friday 6th and Saturday 7th March at Whitechapel’s Genesis Cinema, which last year celebrated its 15thbirthday. ‘Beats On Film’ features the following events:
BRANCHAGE FILM FESTIVAL, TIME OUT AND LEAF PRESENT: BEATS ON FILM
6th/7th March 2015
Various viewings at:
Whitechapel’s Genesis Cinema
Friday 6th March. 7.30pm
BJORK: BIOPHILIA LIVE (U)
+ PANEL TALK: TECHNOLOGY & ELECTRONIC MUSIC: PAST, PRESENT & FUTURE’ with WILL GREGORY (GOLDFRAPP), FREIDA ABTAN (MUSIC COMPUTING, GOLDSMITHS), GUY HARRIES (MUSIC TECHNOLOGY, UEL)
Saturday 7th March. 2pm
VIDEO ELECTRO! (15)
+ KATE MOROSS, ROLLO JACKSON, CHRISTOPHER TURNER, SCANNER & GAZELLE TWIN IN CONVERSATION
Saturday 7th March. 4.30pm
BEAT STREET (12)
+ PANEL TALK: ‘HOW HIP HOP SHOOK UP THE DJ WORLD’ with SCRATCH PERVERTS, TIM LAWRENCE (LUCKY CLOUD SOUND SYSTEM) & SPECIAL GUESTS
Saturday 7th March. 7.45pm
PIERRE HENRY: THE ART OF SOUNDS (U)
+ RADIOPHONIC WORKSHOP IN CONVERSATION
(+ SHORTS: THE DELIAN MODE / THE SECRET WORLD OF FOLEY)
All events will cost £10 and tickets available from +bf
These events are for under 18s. Please look at each film for the rating.
For more information please click here.
More Announcements for LEAF 2015
With quite a few additions in the last week, here’s a summary of what’s been added to the festivities!
808 State to perform their classic album Ninety in full at LEAF Concert. Plus 808 State’s Graham Massey interviewed by Modeselektor at the Conversations event in the day.
On top of that we’ve added the ultimate visual addition to LEAF that will take place at Whitechapel’s Genesis Cinema. Beats On Film: film programme curated and presented by LEAF, Branchage Film Festival and Time Out. To read more about the full listing click here.
If that wasn’t enough Arcadia join LEAF Conversations with “Ever wanted to build a fire breathing spider?”
Founded in 2007 by Bertie Cole and Pip Rush, Arcadia have developed stages, sculptures and shows, ranging from 50 tonne fire breathing mechanical spiders to amphibious mobile stages in their quest to forge multi-sensory, immersive experiences. The duo will discuss their story from their humble anarchic beginnings through to their prestigious award winning work at Glastonbury Festival.
The Ambient Revival, to be moderated by Joe Muggs will feature panellists Mica Levi aka Micachu, Mr Mitch, Mixmaster Morris, Mira Calix, all contributing and detailing the growth in importance for the Ambient scene within the electronic landscape.
Also, Laura Jones: Overcoming Obstacles (Life as a Touring DJ with Limited Vision) will feature the leading house DJ talking about her flourishing career despite a degenerative eyesight condition and how she’s trained her mind to deal with the emotional implications of this, showing what the power of positive thinking can do when facing huge obstacles.
And without forgetting of the younger generation, LEAF will be hosting BIG FISH LITTLE FISH Children’s Interactive Electronic Music and Visual Art Area, a room for families to interact with electronic arts. Both aural and visual art will be explored through interactive light projections of Cariad Interactive, as well as a synthesiser workshop brought by Korg.
Welcome back LEAF!
“We’re delighted to present the second edition of LEAF – this time at Tobacco Dock, currently the hottest cultural venue in the capital. We feel LEAF will help re-focus the global importance of electronic music from the UK” – Rob Da Bank (LEAF co-founder)
LEAF returns in 2015 with a new venue, new time in the calendar and new event partner London Warehouse Events presenting a two-day cultural celebration of electronic live music performances, parties, installations, masterclasses, screenings and conversations.
Building on the success of the first edition of LEAF, the organisers have now turned to Grade one listed Tobacco Dock – one of London’s most exciting and stunning venues. This will act as a central location for a combination of talks by key artists and industry icons, demonstrations of the latest technology and showcases, live performances and DJs. LEAF 2015 will centre around Tobacco Dock but there will be additional off site events in some of London’s key nightlife locations
Nile Rodgers: Un-moderated, Uncensored and Unlimited
LEAF is excited to announce the first additions to the Friday LEAF Conversations which includes the legendary Nile Rodgers. The multiple Grammy award winning artist will be presenting a talk which will be Unmoderated, Uncensored and Unlimited. Rodgers admits to not enjoying having moderators or being told to stop during talks, so LEAF has given him the floor for as long he wants for his talk.
Among music legends, Nile Rodgers is truly exceptional. He amplifies his legacy as a Grammy-winning composer, producer, arranger, and guitarist by constantly traversing new musical terrain and successfully expanding the boundaries of popular music. As the co-founder of CHIC, Rodgers pioneered a musical language that sparked the advent of hip-hop with “Good Times,” distinguished CHIC as the “most sampled band in history” (The Guardian, 2011), won CHIC nine Rock and Roll Hall of Fame nominations, and generated groundbreaking pop hits like “Le Freak,” which will be inducted into the 2015 Grammy Hall of Fame. His career-defining productions for David Bowie (Let’s Dance), Madonna (Like A Virgin), Diana Ross (Diana), and Sister Sledge (We Are Family), plus his work with artists like Duran Duran, INXS, Mick Jagger, Grace Jones, Steve Winwood, Peter Gabriel, The B-52s, and Michael Jackson, have sold over 200 million albums and 50 million singles worldwide while his innovative, trendsetting collaborations with Daft Punk, Avicii, Disclosure, and Sam Smith reflect the vanguard of contemporary music.
As a cultural icon and music innovator with more than 200 production credits to his name, Nile Rodgers transcends all styles of music across every generation. Signed to Warner Bros., he’s currently preparing the first new CHIC album in nearly 25 years and will take CHIC on the road throughout 2015 following the March release of the first single “I’ll Be There.” In addition to headlining the world’s most prestigious venues, Rodgers’ many endeavours include serving as Chairman and Founder of the We Are Family Foundation (WAFF), giving keynote speeches at events for noted media companies like Fremantle Media as well as music conferences like the International Music Summit (IMS) in Ibiza, scoring music for blockbuster films, writing the critically acclaimed autobiography Le Freak: An Upside Down Story of Family, Disco and Destiny (2011), and distributing soundtracks for popular AAA video games via his national distribution company and record label Sumthing Distribution and Sumthing Else Music Works. “The full scope of Nile Rodgers’ career is still hard to fathom, and it’s not just ongoing, it’s in overdrive,” Rolling Stone recently remarked, naming Rodgers one of “the 50 Most Important People in EDM” (2014). Indeed, Rodgers’ unrivaled track record is a mere glimpse of what’s yet to come.
Meet the hottest labels in the UK right now
Attendees have the opportunity to meet the individuals behind some of the hottest dance labels in the world, including Black Butter and RAM Records (from artists to managers to booking agents, the story of their meteoric rise will be told).
The Rise and Rise of Black Butter Records will look at the label responsible for breaking some of the UK’s most exciting talent including Rudimental, Clean Bandit, Jessie Ware and Jess Glynn. Whilst simultaneously harnessing endless new talent including Gorgon City, Kidnap Kid, My Nu Leng and so many more; Black Butter are flying the flag for British dance music on an international level.
Meet Team RAM Records will look at the meteoric rise of RAM Records, its birth from jungle and how it remains at the forefront of the DNB movement today. With discussion from artists, managers and booking agents, this will give a personal insight into one of the UK’s most defining electronic labels.
B.Traits: State of Mind
B Traits recently featured in a BBC documentary tackling the sensitive but ever more relevant topic of drug usage and distribution in the UK. With more more people taking a wider range of drugs than ever, Traits will discuss the use of drugs within the industry and the evolving issues surrounding it. By delving in to the issues surrounding closet addicts in the industry, she will also question the safety of drugs and whether people really know what they are taking.
Watch the video here for an idea of what to expect.