The city of Leeds hosts its third instalment of Inner City Electronic festival this weekend with a list of acts that will bring venue-to-venue, wall-to-wall excitement. Across a variety of spots in the city, dance music giants will be filling rooms with hours of wisdom in more sense than one. A series of talks, workshops and DJ sets will be showcasing talent and starting conversations, collectively showing off some of the best ideas in the industry.
Curated by Ralph Lawson, whose residency at Back to Basics made him a hero of both Leeds and house music, I.C.E is promising a degree of education as well as entertainment. Punters should expect a bit of a “schooling”. Workshops and talks, featuring the likes of Mr Scruff, Kosh, Dave Harvey and Tristan de Cunha a.k.a Freakenstein, will be running throughout the day, giving audiences a chance to understand the techniques and tactics that these artists use to dominate the dance music world; at night, an onslaught of sets will show these put into practice.
The performance list promises to be a mix of masters showing how it’s done and newcomers that are already turning heads. From the iconic Orbital and global DJ queen Peggy Gou, to bolder new selectors like Karima F and Manami, the quality and variety on display is impressive.
A ticket gets you access to events at venues including the Refectory, Wire, Freedom Mills, Sheaf St, Distrikt and Leeds College of Music. Talks will typically be around 45 minutes whilst each set will last between an hour and two hours. Tickets are still available for reasonable rates, so be sure to get one.
Of course if Ralph Lawson, with 700 residency sets of experience in the city, is putting on a party, you know you should probably attend. If you’re in Leeds on March 7th, you won’t want to be too far from one of the I.C.E crowds; considering the scale of this project though, they might be impossible to avoid.