June 2nd will see Inner City Electronic hitting Leeds for a multi-venue electronic experience encompassing performance, talks, and workshops. The Waveform Transmitter’s Simon Huxtable has all the information you need.
Leeds has long held a fascination with dance music. From Back to Basics and Hard Times to Cocoon in the Park, the city has embraced electronic beats with both arms and this June sees a new player enter the dynamic Yorkshire house scene – Inner City Electronic.
Taking place over June 2nd, the multi-venue experience will combine the talents of live acts, DJs and moderated talks including masterclasses, new technology showcases and forums. The first wave of artists to be announced include Floating Points (solo live), KiNK, Dopplereffekt, Mad Professor, Radioactive Man, Andrew Weatherall, Crazy P Soundsystem, Horse Meat Disco, Joy Orbison, Paul Woolford and many more.
Inner City Electronic has grown from an initial idea by local promoter, Ben Thompson, to bring a little of the international music conference spirit to Yorkshire. He approached Bluedot Festival co-founder, Ben Robinson who saw the potential straight away. “Leeds has a multitude of outstanding venues and a thriving electronic music scene with rich history,” Thompson explains, “Having lived in the city for 6 years now I’m still finding things I hadn’t yet come across. We wanted to create something that could showcase both the amazing arts and event spaces on offer in the city, as well as the people who inhabit them; the idea was to create something based on collaboration that could project the cities scene and help it develop further.”
They enlisted the help of 2020 Vision boss, Ralph Lawson; an integral part of the local dance music scene to help curate the project. “I’ve watched our city and scene develop over 30 years,” Says Ralph, a DJ in the city since 1988, “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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Inner City Electronic will take place at eleven of the leading venues in Leeds: Belgrave Music Hall, Church, Distrikt, Headrow House, Hope House, Hyde Park Book Club, Hi-Fi, Old Red Bus Station, Sheaf Street, Wire and The Wardrobe. This will be the first time these venues have assembled together, representing a unique spirit of collaboration and the range and scope of the spaces is staggering, varying in capacity from 1200 to 120.
There are four outdoor terraces for day parties and fifteen different dance floors featuring an eclectic mix of music. The event curation is focused on cutting edge electronic music with live acts, DJ performances and cutting edge talent from a mix of international and local artists. Inner City Electronic will feature some of the best sound systems in the city including custom built rigs from Sub Dub and Cosmic Slop.
Inner City Electronic will also feature talks, workshops, art and exhibitions. Working alongside MAP charity at Hope House there’ll be producer forums where aspiring artists can come and play their tracks to leading industry professionals and workshops where international artists such as KiNK, Mad Professor & Mark Ital will give masterclasses.
Technology showcases will feature cutting-edge and break through production equipment where people can get hands-on with the machines themselves. There will be a series of daytime talks discussing electronic music history, culture and current themes from Midland, Paul Woolford, Mad Professor and Ital Steppas, with full workshop details announced in March.
“Experiencing the character of a city through it’s music, creativity and dance floors is what this event is all about and it’s safe to say Leeds has a lot to offer. I spent 10 of the best years of my life in Leeds and was constantly surprised by the raw creative collaboration and music scenes throughout the city, all creating world-class artistry. Inner City Electronic is set to bring the city to life so that international audiences can come and see the innovative and inviting place it is right now.” – Ben Robinson, Bluedot founder & festival director.