The London Electronic Dance Festival (L.E.D.) will be taking over Victoria Park for the up-coming Bank Holiday weekend, with popular French DJ and artist David Guetta holding down the floors on Friday; Saturday will see IDM pioneers Leftfield headlining. Though the other half, Paul Daley, will not be making an appearance in preparation for his solo music career, Neil Barnes is set to deliver a promising live performance featuring a heap of fan-favourites.
Belgium-based dance-rock collective Soulwax will be joining the French electro-star on Friday night, bringing their trademark punk guitar-fused electro beats to the stage featuring vocal cuts from the likes of James Murphy, Tiga and Erol Alka. Scotland’s very own Calvin Harris will be making an appearance as well; having recently produced Kylie Minogue’s latest album ‘Aphrodite’, look forward to a big dose of fresh 80s-inspired electronica laden with pop-catchy lyrics and snarling synth lines made for the clubs.
Look out for a live performance by legendary German techno project Zombie Nation, promising to deliver classics like ‘Kernkraft 400’ and much, much more. Fans of techno should also consider seeing Canadian DJ and artist Tiga; word has it he helped spread the genre through Montreal, owning the city’s first after-hour club and record shop dedicated to techno.
Saturday has an equally impressive line-up: known for their ethereal theatrics and dreamy soundscapes, Goldfrapp is set to give L.E.D. fans the full music treatment with their embrace of glam rock, disco, trip-hop and head-nodding dance. Not to be missed.
The same can be said for punky dance band Friendly Fires, loved (and hated) by many for their shamelessly glossy pop hooks. Most will be itching to see Aphex Twin, and it’s easy to see why: heralded as one of the most inventive and influential acts in modern electronic music, he has attained public spotlight for his unusually creative works (spanning myriad genres) coupled with equally intriguing video productions, becoming the subject of study for media studies students and aspiring electronic musicians alike.
Legendary Swedish House artists Sebastian Ingrosso, Axwell and AN21 were due to perform their much-adored DJ sets at L.E.D., but a sudden press release announced their cancellations to the anger and disappointment of many. Max Vangeli and Kim Fai will also not be making an appearance. According to Kim Fai, there were not enough ticket sales.
Despite the loss of some of the most popular acts in the contemporary electronic music scene, L.E.D. festival is one not to be missed with such a promising, strong line-up of artists and DJs from around the world.
Tickets are still available, priced at £40 for one day and £70 for the entire weekend.
Visit the official site for more information.