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LEAF 2015 Announcement


—Friday Daytime 6th March – LEAF Conversations
10.00am to 8.00pm

Nile Rodgers: Undemoderated / Uncensored / Unlimited
The Rise and Rise of Black Butter Records
The Rob Da Bank Interview: DJ Harvey
ELAM (East London Academy of Music) Explained Charlie + Will Kennard from Chase & Status
B.Traits : State of Mind

Meet Team RAM Records
Point Blank Music College: Performance masterclasses
The Ambient Revival

+more to be announced.

—Friday Nighttime 6th March – LEAF Live

7.00pm to 10.30pm
Modeselektor (live)
Kate Simko & The London Electronic Orchestra
+ more to be announced

–Saturday Daytime 7th March – LEAF Club

12.00pm to 10.30pm
Anja Schneider
Chris Liebing
DJ Harvey
Modeselektor (DJ Set)
Tale Of Us

Clint Stewart
Enzo Tedeschi
Stephan Hinz (Live)





Friday 6 & Saturday 7 March 2015 at London’s Tobacco Dock.

Nile Rodgers, Black Butter Records, DJ Harvey and RAM Records announced as first speakers to join ‘LEAF Conversations’

Modeselektor to headline ‘LEAF Live’ on Friday night

Luciano, Tale Of Us, Pan-Pot, Sasha, DJ Harvey and Anja Schneider to headline Saturday’s Main event

“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.

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.

Attendees will also get the chance to meet the leading lights behind some of the hottest dance labels on the planet, including Black Butter Records (first home of Rudimental, Clean Bandit and Jessie Ware) and RAM Records (the label from Andy C), from artists to managers to the booking agents, there will be the opportunity to hear the story of their meteoric rise.

Also LEAF are very proud to confirm that legendary disco DJ, DJ Harvey will be interviewed by Rob da Bank – expect a no holds barred, frank and enlightening conversation by one of the scene’s most influential players.

Also confirmed is a presentation and discussion from Will & Charlie Kennard – who are behind ELAM – the East London Academy of Music. Will is one half of Chase & Status, whilst his brother Charlie is running the new government-funded school for modern music. In addition, music school Point Blank will return with an entire day of Masterclasses from leading electronic artists. And BBC Radio 1 DJ B-Traits hosts a discussion titled ‘State of Mind’ following her controversial BBC documentary How Safe Are My Drugs?’ where she visited users and dealers to find how much they know about the drugs they are taking.

On Friday evening as day 1 of LEAF draws to a close, the Great Gallery at Tobacco Dock will open its doors to a very special live performance by Modeselektor for LEAF Live. This unique space will lend itself perfectly to a concert performance from one of electronic music’s leading ambassadors. Wildly diverse, infused with exuberance and punctuated by a slap of the absurd, Modeselektor’s inarguable grooves seem to emanate from every conceivable musical genre

Saturday is the main LEAF event at Tobacco Dock with an incredible line-up of some the world’s most revered electronic artists spread across 3 distinct rooms of music. Luciano, Tale Of Us, Sasha, DJ Harvey, Pan-Pot and Anja Schneider joined alongside Chris Liebing, Modeslektor (DJ) and Stephan Hinz (Live)

More acts will be announced in the coming weeks.

LEAF is created and curated by Bestival founder and BBC Radio 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 and event partners LWE, London’s leading warehouse promoters.


Event Schedule for LEAF Hub, Tobacco Dock
Friday 6th March
LEAF Conversations
10.00am to 8.00pm 
Keynote talks, artist presentations, interactive panels, tech demo’s and networking events.

Tickets from £19.50

LEAF Concert
7.00pm to 10.30pm
Headline music showcase

Tickets from £19.50

Saturday 7th March
LEAF Club (Main Event)
12.00pm to 10.30pm
Lead music event
Luciano, Sasha, Pan-Pot, Chris Liebing, DJ Harvey & more
3 rooms of music

Tickets from £29.50

About Tobacco Dock

Tobacco Dock was built in the early 19th century as a tobacco storage warehouse complex, now converted into a stunning events space situated in E1 and spread over 2 floors and 16,000m2. 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, 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.

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