Leftfield – one of electronic music’s all-time greatest acts – is returning to Australia and New Zealand with their incredible ‘Leftism In Its Entirety’ show which has been selling out venues and causing a mass break-out of smiling faces across Europe.
Last on Australian soil in 2015, this tour sees the band visiting Sydney, Melbourne, Fremantle and Auckland throughout February 2018.
Leftfield recently released Leftism 22 (out through Sony), a very special reissue of their seminal debut album Leftism, and have just completed a series of sold-out tour dates and festival appearances where Leftfield (now led solely by Neil Barnes) performed the record in full. Leftism 22 is available to download and buy via Sony CG.
Leftfield was formed in 1989, before emerging publicly in 1990 with ‘Not Forgotten’, a song that established a template for a new strain of British house leaning away from American styles dominating UK clubs. Released in January 1995, their debut album Leftism remains one of the defining statements of dance music, a gloriously inter-woven bombardment of musical styles and immaculate grooves, nominated for a Mercury prize and later voted in the top ten greatest albums of all time by readers of Q magazine.
The album spawned numerous hit singles in ‘Open Up’ – their now legendary collaboration with John Lydon; ‘Original’, featuring Curve’s Toni Halliday; ‘Release the Pressure’, featuring Earl Sixteen; and ‘Afro-Left’, with vocals by Neil Cole, aka Djum Djum.
Throughout the ’90s Leftfield were untouchable live and on record, starting a snowball rolling for British dance music alongside outfits like Orbital, Underworld and the Dust/Chemical Brothers in breaking electronic music from the underground, onto the stage and into the charts.
They have always been regarded as one of electronic music’s defining live acts. The now-infamous Liveism tour that followed Leftism’s release set a new precedent in sonic presentation as the behemoth sound system, which aimed to replicate the cataclysmic bass effect of reggae sound systems, incurred more complaints than Motörhead, and a ban from Brixton Academy when plaster started flaking from the ceiling. The tour elevated dance music from anonymous club PA to major event, with guest vocalists joining the party.
Don’t miss the chance to see this monumental album Leftism in its entirety when Leftfield return to Australia in February 2018 – tickets on sale this Friday 8 December.
AUSTRALIA & NEW ZEALAND TOUR
Tuesday 30 January
Powerstation | Auckland NZ
Thursday 1 February
Enmore Theatre | Sydney, NSW
Friday 2 February
Forum Theatre | Melbourne, VIC
Saturday 3 Feb
Metropolis | Fremantle, WA