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Saturday at LEAF
Its Saturday and things are still happening over in East London
Following a storming couple of days that began with Cyril Hahn “popping up” and Duke Dumont, le Youth and Monki tearing the decks up at the inaugural opening party and finishing with the legend that is Giorgio Moroder playing his UK exclusive set at Oval Space as well as Chris Liebing packing his sold out show at The Laundry – thoughts turn to Saturday…
Todays itinerary at the LEAF hub is as follows
14.00 – Live: BBC Radiophonic workshop
15.30 – Talk: Dinos Chapman. Don’t forget to check out his Luftbobler AV Installation too that has been running throughout LEAF.
16.30 – Talk: London Nightlife with Terry Farley, Keith Reilly, Normal Jay OBE and James Priestly
18.00 – Live: William Orbit
In addition the Boiler Room kicks off today at 3pm with Rob da Bank, Happa, Eats Everything and MK – arrive early for that one! If you can’t get down tune into boilerroom.tv from 3pm UK time
And also – our partners Point Blank continue their master classes with their schedule as follows:
13.00 Kevin Saunderson and Dantiez Saunderson
And then in the evening – its the big party. Éclair Fifi and pals presents a Detroit Special with Kevin Saunderson and Dantiez Saunderson plus Eddie Flashin Fowlkes.
So – what are you waiting for? Come down! There are individual show tickets as well as weekend tickets which will be available on the door.
Away from the LEAF hub today – Major Lazer will be playing a sold out gig at o2 Academy Brixton before Diplo comes down to make his Oval Space debut for LEAF. Party starts at midnight and there will be limited tickets on the door there too.
And finally….We will be giving away 3 x pairs of guest list for Éclair Fifi and pals show tonight. Head to our Facebook page for more details.
Point Blank announces legendary master class line-up
Award winning music college Point Blank have announced the first names to be added to their LEAF master class series which will take place at the main LEAF HUB. Highlights for the weekend will include a remix master class from Hot Chip’s Joe Goddard, house legend MK talking about the classic MK sound, and Detroit techno pioneer Kevin Saunderson will be joined by his son Dantiez to discuss the evolution of Techno music production. Chris Liebing, Daniel Miller and Kindness (Adam Bainbridge) are also appearing over the weekend. A Full master class listing can be found the Point Blank website www.pointblanklondon.com
Cyril Hahn to play Puma Boxpark pop-up event for LEAF
LEAF in association with PUMA are hosting a pop-up event at Boxpark in Shoreditch on Thursday 7th November featuring Cyril Hahn and support from Wayward.
Rising producer, Cyril Hahn’s name came to the forefront with his unique remixes of Destiny’s Child and Mariah Carey and he counts remixes for Solange, Haim and Sigur Ros amongst his rapidly growing CV. Now signed to PMR Records home to Disclosure, Jessie Ware and Sam Smith, his new single ‘Perfect Form’ is currently climbing the UK charts and this is a rare opportunity to see him playing an intimate set in London.
The pop-up will run from 6 – 9pm. Find information on how to get to Shoreditch Boxpark here.
Morning Glory welcomes LEAF with an early rave
The early bird catches the party at LEAF. Start the LEAF festival experience before the festival hub officially opens its doors. The festival kicks off on Wednesday the 6th of November with a very special warm up event hosted by Morning Glory at Village Underground in Shoreditch.
Morning Glory is an immersive early morning dance experience for those who dare to challenge morning culture and start their day in style. Doors open at 6.30am and the party runs to 10:30am. The line up will include Rob da Bank, The Loose Cannons and Morning Glory resident Mojo Filter.
Boiler Room streaming live from the LEAF Hub
The underground music show Boiler Room will be joining LEAF for an exclusive live streaming session from the main HUB in Shoreditch on Saturday November 9th.
The live stream kicks off with a set from none other than LEAF creator Rob da Bank at 3pm in the Top Studio. His performance will be followed by sets from Happa at 4pm and MK at 5pm. The final set of Boiler Room´s live stream will played by Eats Everything starting at 6pm.
Boiler Room will definitely heat up the Top Studio at the festival hub transforming the room into a raving party that no one will soon forget.
Legendary producer William Orbit to play live at LEAF
William Orbit will bring a live multimedia performance to LEAF, followed by a talk with audio and audio visual illustrations plus audience Q&A.
The show will feature Orbit on stage, using a variety of instruments and bespoke devices to create a dynamic landscape of music, from intimate and nuanced guitar playing, to full-force electro assault, and music concrète. A journey through Orbit’s current and historic repertoire, with a finale which Orbit describes as ‘ a mechanical battery of sonic mayhem’, featuring his custom built mechanical ‘Gogo-bot’. The live performance will also be accompanied by a film which Orbit has made. The second half of the event will be an illustrated lecture from Orbit, followed by a Q&A with the audience
Of his involvement in LEAF, he is particularly interested in the venue he’ll be performing in – it’s currently a circus school, built in the Nineteenth Century as a ‘recycling centre’ to create electrical power for the Hoxton area. So the Victorian Futurism aspect of the Orbit’s mechanism have a resonance with the venue and the spirit of the Industrial Revolution.
His talk will include accounts of how his career started and the DIY nature of these beginnings. There will be anecdotes and memories of key moments and collaborations plus his own observations and reflections on the nature of the universe.
DIPLO plays in London for LEAF
LEAF is very excited to announce a special London show with the legendary DJ that is DIPLO.
DIPLO will be playing at East London’s Oval Space venue on Saturday November 9th straight after the sold-out Major Lazer show at Brixton Academy. Support will come from French Fries, Martelo and Cadenza
Known internationally as a curator amongst the world?s most cutting edge DJs, producers, and musical movements, Wesley Pentz (better known as DIPLO) has experienced a variety of successes from producing and remixing artists including M.I.A, Beyonce, Snoop Lion, Santigold, Usher, Britney Spears and Radiohead to the World-Wide success of his Electronic Dancehall music project ‘Major Lazer’ and the record label Mad Decent.
His eclectic DJ sets have rocked festivals and clubs across the globe and we are sure his LEAF party will be no different.
The party starts at midnight and runs through until 4.30am with special guests to be announced.
This is a rare opportunity to catch DIPLO in London and will be sure to sell out!
Beardyman to headline the LEAF closing party
“Literally the most entertaining live human being I’ve seen in donkey’s years” – Rob da Bank
Beardyman is coming to The Oval Space to headline the closing party of LEAF 2013.
100% live and with nothing pre-recorded, Beardyman works the sonic vernacular into mind-expanding improvised creations using his bespoke creation, the BEARDYTRON_5000mkII. Over the last few years, he has been developing his many capabilities bigger and better than ever with the creation of the BEARDYTRON, the world’s most advanced live music production system. He unveiled the BEARDYTRON at TED in LA earlier this year to a standing ovation and led to him recording with Herbie Hancock amongst others! The BEARDYTRON allows Beardyman to create studio quality dance music in realtime and instantly express the unfolding compositions in his mind. It has to be seen to be believed.
On stage, Beardyman has been playfully twisting the brains of ravers the world over with his unique brand of beatboxing-technological-dance music production, leading them on sonic improvised adventures and has graced famed festival main stages such as Bestival, Sonar by day, Ultra and Lovebox amongst many others. Catch him at The Oval Space on Sunday 10th November as he brings LEAF 2013 to a close and showcases why he and the BEARDYTRON have blown the minds of fans and musical legends alike.
LEAF brings Omar Souleyman back to London
On Sunday November 10th, we welcome the Syrian artist Omar Souleyman to LEAF for his first London performance since the release of his critically acclaimed new album ‘Wenu Wenu’.
For ‘Wenu Wenu’ Souleyman teamed up with British electronica mastermind Kieran Hebden, better known as Four Tet to produce the LP which is his first studio album (after three compilations and a live release).
The results are a perfect mixture of Souleyman‘s Arabian songwriting and Four Tets western electronica. Souleyman describes Wenu Wenu as being “nearly live.” Clearly delighted by the results, Souleyman tips his keffiyeh to Hebden for capturing the singer and his longtime musical partner, the keyboardist-composer Rizan Sa’id, at their purest, with very little overdubbing.
Always a unique live performer be it on the Middle East wedding circuit or through his notorious late night festival slots, Sundays show at at East London’s Oval Space promises to be one of the LEAF Festival’s highlights.
For a taster check out the album trailer here.
Éclair Fifi and pals presents Detroit special at LEAF
On Saturday November 9th, we present a very special event in the LEAF HUB.
BBC Radio 1’s ‘In New Music New Trust’ recruit Éclair Fifi presents a Detroit special and brings in techno legends Kevin Saunderson and Eddie ‘Flashin’ Fowlkes to guest.
Eclair Fifi is a key member of Scotland’s LuckyMe crew, and currently holds residencies at Paris’ Social Club as well as Hoya:Hoya in Manchester. She is known for her eclectic DJ sets that draw on her encyclopedic knowledge of the best in underground dance music.
Considered one of the originators of Techno and the man behind Inner City and E-Dancer, we are very excited to welcome Kevin Saunderson to LEAF, who will play a ‘generation to generation’ set alongside his son Dantiez – an emerging star in his own right.
The Saundersons’ will be supported by Eddie ‘Flashin’ Fowlkes. Fowlkes is the “Godfather Of Techno Soul’ releasing a host classic records since 1986 on influential labels including Metroplex, 430 West and Tresor.
This is a rare chance to check out these Techno Pioneers in the UK. Don’t miss out!
Giorgio Moroder to DJ and give talk at LEAF
It is with great pleasure that LEAF will be bringing the legendary Giorgio Moroder to London this November. Giorgio will be in conversation at the LEAF hub on Friday evening talking about his career from Donna Summer to Daft Punk before introducing his own version of Fritz Lang’s classic – Metropolis. Re-stored and re-scored by Giorgio himself, the 1984 version of Metropolis has a new, contemporary score and added pop music soundtrack featuring songs from some biggest pop and rock stars of the early MTV era. Later on that evening, Giorgio will be playing a headline set The Oval Space in Bethnal Green.
Giorgio Moroder is remarkably multi-faceted. An Academy Award-winning composer, a world-recognized songwriter, a prolific producer, a stunning artist, a skillful designer, an innovative filmmaker, and entrepreneur, he is best known for his much-awarded and chart-topping music. Moroder has worked with many of the most famous names in music including Barbra Streisand, Elton John, Cher, Roger Daltrey, Janet Jackson, Freddy Mercury, David Bowie and Pat Benatar. And among his hit singles are Donna Summer’s “Hot Stuff” and “I Feel Love,” Kenny Loggins’ “Danger Zone,” Irene Cara’s “Flashdance (What a Feeling!),” David Bowie’s “Putting Out the Fire” and Blondie’s “Call Me.”
His many film scores include three Academy Award winners. The first came for his score to the powerful film Midnight Express. Next recognized was Irene Cara’s inspirational hit, “Flashdance,” from the film of the same title. And then the highly romantic song, “Take My Breath Away” from the film, Top Gun, brought his third Academy Award. Not surprisingly, compositions by Giorgio have also contributed to numerous other hit films such as The Never Ending Story, American Gigolo, Cat People, Superman III, Scarface, Rambo III, and Beverly Hills Cop II.
In 2012 he started his new passion: DJ at the Louis Vuitton show in Paris, the Amfar-Elton John Benefit Party at the Cannes Film Festival, the Munich Film Festival, the Red Bull Music Academy in New York and in 2013 he collaborated on the song “Giorgio by Moroder” with Daft Punk.
Duke Dumont to headline the inaugural Opening party
To celebrate the opening of LEAF 2013 – Duke Dumont, Le Youth and Monki will be the first acts to play at the LEAF hub.
One of 2013′s breakout successes, London born and the man behind number 1 hit “Need U (100%)” Duke Dumont will be joined by Le Youth and Monki, bringing his own unique West Coast sound to London ensuring the first ever LEAF goes off with a bang.
Wes James, better known by his stage name – Le Youth is an American DJ and producer hailing originally from Ohio who gained attention on the internet when his track “Cool” rapidly received over 200,000 plays on Soundcloud in a very short period of time and completing the bill is Radio 1 regular Monki who can be heard every Sunday night into Monday morning 2-4am
The party will be in association with legendary promoters Bugged Out.
Dinos Chapman announced as the LEAF 2013 artist in residence
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. He will be in conversation discussing his music project Luftbobler with The Vinyl Factory´s Creative Director Sean Bidder. The installation will run throughout the whole time that the LEAF hub is open. Anyone who has a ticket for any of the events is welcome to come and visit the installation and individual tickets for Dinos in conversation are also on sale now.
LEAF goes to the Movies
On Friday at the hub, LEAF presents two classic movies with a modern take to them.
First up is a screening of Metropolis (Giorgio Moroder 1984 score). Fritz Lang’s classic presents a vision of a utopian city of the future with a dark side. Beneath the gleaming skyscrapers of the metropolis, a downtrodden mass of workers toil ceaselessly underground for the benefit of the elite above. The city’s ruler creates a robot to incite a revolt and lead the rebels to their deaths – thus making room for a less troublesome robot workforce. Lang’s expressionist masterpiece has been painstakingly restored, colourised, and re-edited under the initiative of Georgio Moroder to create a thoroughly modern interpretation of this silent classic with music by Moroder, Freddie Mercury, Pat Benatar, Adam Ant, Bonnie Tyler, Loverboy, Billy Squier and Cycle V. The film screening of this version will be introduced by Giorgio Moroder.
Second film will be King Kong re-scored Live by Rob da Bank. Rob da Bank has been digging through his record library and chosen an eclectic collection of tracks to accompany the greatest adventure-fantasy film of all time: King Kong. This alternative soundtrack will range from dubstep, to folk, electronica and weird beats, which will be played alongside the screening of this much-loved, original 1933 classic.
King Kong tells the story of a gigantic ape, who is captured and brought to New York City, after being discovered by a film crew on the remote Skull Island. A beautiful actress who accompanies them provokes feelings of love in the mighty Kong, causing him to break free from his chains and bring terror to the streets. The ending is amongst the most memorable in movie history, guaranteed to bring a tear to the eye.
LEAF is a major new city-wide event for London, showcasing its innovative heritage in electronic music.
Through a series of talks, technology masterclasses, installations, screenings, parties and performances, LEAF will explore and reclaim the legacy of London as a pioneering figure in the global electronic
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.
Celebrating the cultural significance of electronic music, 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 Ordertalking 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.
“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.”
- Ben Turner & Rob da Bank, LEAF curators and creators