When Morrissey suggested we ‘hang the DJ’, I’d like to think he was referring to the plethora of celebrities trying their hand at DJ-ing and being offensively terrible at it (btw Lindsay Lohan, Paris Hilton, Kim Kardashian and Dennis Rodman, that’s you). But Giorgio Moroder? That Grandaddy of DJ is always welcome. London Electronic Arts Festival also agree, as the legendary record producer will be headlining the very first LEAF festival in Shoreditch, which aims to celebrate the cultural significance of electronic music by focusing on how the genre has influenced visual art, film and live music.
Curated by Bestival founder and Radio 1 DJ Rob da Bank and Internationl Music Summit creator Ben Turner, the festival will be spread across various east London venues with their hub based in the Shoreditch Electric Light Station from November 7-10. Alongside Giorgio’s talk and DJ set (who at 73, has only recently started DJ-ing and is doing a mighty fine job of it as well), highlights also include Diplo (above), Omar Souleyman and Trentemoller as well as New Order in conversation about the recording of their 1989 ‘Technique’ album, a talk and live performance by William Orbit, artist Dinos Chapman’s audiovisual installation and closing party with Beardyman at Oval Space. Ally Swadling