Festival is co-curated by Ralph Lawson of Back To Basics and 2020Vision fame
A new festival called inner city electronic is to launch in Leeds on 2 June. The multi-venue festival is the brainchild of local promoter Ben Thompson, Bluedot festival organiser Ben Founder, and Leeds' own house music hero Ralph Lawson.
inner city electronic will take place across 11 of the city's music venues (Belgrave Music Hall, Church, Distrikt, Headrow House, Hope House, Hyde Park Book Club, Hi-Fi, Old Red Bus Station, Sheaf St, Wire and The Wardrobe). These range in capacity from 120 to 1,200, and between them boast 15 dancefloors and four outdoor terraces - which is just as well when you consider the rather impressive talent roster they've got lined up.
That line-up includes live performances from Floating Points, KiNK, Dopplereffekt, Mad Professor, Radioactive Man and Autarkic, as well as DJ sets from Andrew Weatherall, Crazy P, Joy Orbison, Midland, Peggy Gou, Paul Wooford, Nicolas Lutz, Danielle Moore, Iration Steppas, PBR Streetgang and many more. There'll also be a variety of talks, panel discussions, workshops, producer forums, technology masterclasses and art exhibitions, though details of those won't be made public until March.
Announcing the festival, Lawson said: "I’ve watched our city and scene develop over 30 years and I’m really proud of where we are now. There are world-class clubs, art spaces, restaurants and bars, and anyone who comes to visit has a great time. Leeds is the UK’s best-kept secret."
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