Non-party highlights include a live performance masterclass hosted by Octave One
It's less than two weeks till this year's inner city electronic festival, which takes place on Saturday 1 June and will once more see 11 venues in and around Leeds city centre taken over by workshops, panel discussions, seminars and technology showcases by day, before the conference-cum-festival mutates into party central as the sun goes down.
Regular readers will remember how impressed we were by the inaugural inner city electronic last year, and 2019's sophomore event looks set to be even better, with a full 24-hour programme of events and parties in venues ranging in capacity from a cosy 250 to 1,700.
With a DJ line-up that boasts Nina Kraviz, Ben UFO, Octave One, Motor City Drum Ensemble, DJ Seinfeld, Craig Richards, Carl Finlow, Nightmares On Wax, Ralph Lawson, Shanti Celeste, Tristan Da Cunha and literally dozens more, the quality of the musical entertainment isn't in doubt. But the daytime programme looks just as enticing, with highlights including a live performance masterclass with Octave One [pictured], a look at the life and work of electronic music pioneer Delia Darbyshire, panels on topics such as Getting Signed, Building Your Audience and Getting Gigs, and a keynote interview with Nightmares On Wax.
Elsewhere Equaliser, who last year hosted an interesting discussion on gender equality in dance music, return with a look at "queer parties and their historic importance within clubbing culture". There are several panels looking at how to organise community/politically-minded DIY events, and there's also a discussion on mental health and how to stay healthy in an industry that doesn't always encourage the best of habits.
Wristbands are still available, currently priced at £42+BF. For full details, see inner city electronic's own website.
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