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 One 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
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Rudimental joining LEAF for The Rise and Rise of Black Butter
LEAF announces with great pleasure that members of the East London based and Brit Award winning quartet Rudimental have been added to the bill for LEAF Conversations on Friday. Members of Rudimental will be featured in panel entitled The Rise and Rise of Black Butter Records alongside label boss Henry Village and others. The panel will provide a fast paced and in depth introspection, covering the past, present and future successes of the most pioneering UK record label of this generation.
Saturday's Club Room Hosts revealed
It gives us great pleasure to now unveil the individual rooms hosts for the Saturday party.
In The Great Hall- now one of the most iconic event spaces in London – LWE will take over this incredible space revealing the artists playing in this room will be: Tale Of Us, Sasha, Luciano, Chris Liebing, Anja Schneider and on warm up duties the loveable Enzo Tedeschi.
Room 2 – aka “The Car Park” will be hosted by Second State, a new platform Pan-Pot now call home. Acting as a label through which they can release tracks, host events, showcase fashion and present visual ideas to Techno fans the world over Pan-Pot will use Second State to guide their peers, fans and followers through their world.
And finally, The Loft will be the location for Rob da Bank’s Sunday Best that will celebrate 20 years of its history. Here they will take over proceedings with deck duties taken on by Rob and DJ Harvey. Sunday Best is the label that helped launch Groove Armada and Lemon Jelly back in the late ‘90s and established the careers of Valerie June, Kitty Daisy & Lewis, Dan le sac Vs Scroobius Pip plus releasing albums by legendary film director David Lynch.
Gordon Ramsay's Union Street Cafe
For the food purists, enjoy Italian dining by way of Brooklyn; this year LEAF is pleased to announce Union Street Café, part of the Gordon Ramsay Group, will be making an appearance in association with Bacardi, the Worlds most awarded Rum since 1862. Set in one of the many unexplored rooms at Tobacco Dock, Union Street Café, is an urban trattoria with-a-twist. Crafted by born-and-bred Italian Head Chef Davide Degiovanni, enjoy a menu of seasonal, daily-changing dishes packed with as much flavour as there is flair. Indulge in lunch or dinner whilst sipping on an array of classic Italian-styled cocktails.
For reservations and more info click here.
Native Instruments come to LEAF
At this year’s edition of the London Electronic Arts Festival, come take part in a series of workshops and discussions presented by Native Instruments. Get to know the worlds of KOMPLETE, TRAKTOR, and MASCHINE first-hand, as our very own Product Designers discuss what it’s like developing innovative new products, and share insider tips on the latest in digital music production and DJing.
A host of industry professionals and renowned artists will be on-hand to explore production and performance techniques in-depth – showcasing the seamless integration and workflow between TRAKTOR KONTROL S8, MASCHINE STUDIO, and the KOMPLETE KONTROL S-SERIES keyboards.
Plus, take advantage of several Point Blank Masterclasses, co-presented by Native Instruments, which focus on the workflow of featured artists like Sasha, Dusky, and more.
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.
Join the LEAF team
Want to be part of the team behind LEAF? We’re looking for committed, lively and fun volunteers to join our team at Tobacco Dock for LEAF Conversations on March 6th.
We need volunteers to support us for a diverse set of responsibilities to ensure LEAF Conversations run smoothly. This is an amazing opportunity to experience LEAF from behind scenes, meet the innovative and iconic minds of the music industry, gain insights and work experience at such an exciting, forward-thinking event.
For your support and efforts during the day, you would be most welcome to stay for the LEAF Concert in the evening, which will see Modeselektor’s headline the bill. Also joining them on the the night to close the first day of LEAF will be Kate Simko and 808 State who will be perfuming Classic Album: Ninety.
If you’re interested in joining us and volunteer at LEAF, please get in touch sending an email including a short description of yourself to email@example.com and we’ll get back to you with more details shortly.
The sounds of LEAF Concert
Here’s a little preview of the sounds that you’ll be hearing at LEAF Concert on Friday March 6th. This showcase will flaunt some of the most forward leaning artists from the past, present and future. On top of that the cross pollination in styles, and shear musicianship will make this a special night for the avid electronic music listener. All of these artists have ignored the confounds of genre to create something that truly has changed dance music.
Tickets for this show are priced at £19.50.
Or you can buy a weekend pass for the shows at Tobacco Dock for £62.50
Friday Nighttime 6th March – LEAF Live
7.00pm to 10.30pm
808 State (performing Ninety)
Kate Simko & London Electronic Orchestra
Ninja Tune at 25
LEAF are delighted to have a special panel at LEAF Conversations on 6thMarch 2015, with a handpicked selection of guests who will discuss where the label was ‘then’ and where it is ‘now.’ You’ll be able to ask open-ended questions to label artist and bass music tastemaker Toddla T, who will sit alongside the talented Andreya Triana and label owners Jon More and Peter Quicke. This talk will examine the growth of the label through it’s amazing back catalogue of releases, artists, campaigns, parties and everything else that falls in-between.
Point Blank Masterclasses announced
Point Blank Music School, voted the world’s ‘Best Electronic Music School’ by the readers of DJ Mag, have confirmed who will be hosting their specialist master class area for the more technologically hungry attendees of LEAF.
Expert knowledge will be on offer from some of the most talented and respected artists in the world individually hosted sessions from Ben Pearce, Busy P, DJ Hype, Dusky, Micachu and Sasha, covering everything from production and DJ focused master classes, to live track deconstruction, discussions on setting up a label and the process and emotions involved in breaking a new act.
Starting out as a commercial recording studio and journeying to their current internationally renowned status, Point Blank’s goal has always been to harness and demonstrate the creative process of making music at the highest level.
Stephan Hinz Top 5 tracks
It’s not very unusual for Stephan Hinz to disappear from the release radar for quite some time just to come up with a release or remix on one of the finest labels for electronic music on our little planet
He’s now part of Pan-Pot’s ever expanding Second State movement, and will be holding it down with those guys at LEAF Club on 7th March. Here are the top 5 tracks that he has picked out from 2014
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.