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UPDATE: LEAF date change as they announce more headliners

LEAF 2020 LAUNCH – Sheila Deegan, Limerick City and County Council, Joe Clarke CWB and LEAF promoter, Con Murphy, Digicontainer, Dr Loic Guyon, Honorary Consul of France, Anne Lise Kjaer, Kjaer Global and Paul Boland CWB MD and LEAF producer. Picture: Elysha Folan/ilovelimerick

UPDATE: LEAF date change as they announce more headliners

LEAF, the Limerick Electronic Arts Festival, will see leaders of the technological world join forces with pioneers of electronic music to entertain the masses at this brand-new festival, now taking place from September 10-13, 2020.

With such a diverse line-up of world-renowned talent which encompasses music and experts at the top of their game, moving the festival to September has given LEAF the scope to expand and firmly put Limerick on the map for this international festival.

Modeselektor, with their trademark adventures of sound, bass and beats, are one of the most sought-after international acts and were announced as LEAF 2020 headliners in December. A huge force in international electronic music, Modeselektor will bring their brand-new genre crushing, eye-melting live show to LEAF 2020 for an exclusive Irish show in 2020.

The headline show will be hosted at a pop-up warehouse space on the banks of the River Shannon and will mark the beginning of LEAF.

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MODESELEKTOR are set to open the new Limerick festival in September.

They will be joined at the Cleeves Factory courtyard by one of the godfathers of Electronic Music, the baron of Techno, Dave Clarke. These titans will headline a line-up of cutting-edge acts in this stunning riverside industrial setting kicking off from early evening until late.  

Another Cleeves event will be the huge Family Rave with Big Fish Little Fish on Sunday, September 13th.

Nialler9 will provide a city-wide music trail for festival-goers. The streets of Limerick will provide the perfect backdrop to a soundtrack curated by the Dublin music guru whose website is music lovers’ first port-of-call to hear about the freshest new tracks and hottest artists right now.

The Chime Out Choir will bring the entire city together in a singing project in the months leading up to LEAF. It promises to be an interactive, fun and meaningful community aiming to establish a sense of belonging, parity and pride in what the wonderful city of Limerick has to offer. This will culminate in a high-energy performance of dance anthems and a breath-taking live show.

The award-winning BANTER sessions with legendary music writer Jim Carroll will have 2 outings at LEAF, the first of which will take place on Friday, September 11 with Manchester legend and cultural historian, Dave Haslam. This will be followed on Saturday, September 12 by a fascinating discussion on Atari – Ireland’s first tech success story and how its mid-west factory led to Ireland’s tech revolution.

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At the launch at St. Mary’s Cathedral the Glasshouse Ensemble presented an orchestral interpretation of the music and visuals of perhaps the world’s most renowned electronic artist and Limerick-born – Aphex Twin. Picture: Elysha Folan/ilovelimerick

INTERSECTION Business Conference

Away from the music side of things in the industrial setting of the Cleeves Factory, the Intersection pillar of the festival on Friday, September 11 will be a day covering everything from the ethics of Artificial Intelligence to how to build a brand. With esteemed guests ranging from CEOs to mega-influencers, this conference will be the first of its kind.

There’ll be unmissable Keynotes from Senior Vice President of Viacom Digital Studios Lars Silberbauer – the man who revolutionized brands like MTV and LEGO through global digital transformations – LEAF’s resident Futurist Anne Lise Kjaer, and Head of Entertainment for Facebook Vanessa Bakewell.

“Can Limerick Be The Next Berlin?” In what promises to be a motivating and eye-opening conversation about Limerick on the electronic world stage this panel will have speakers including Simeon Aldred, whose venues like Printworks and the Warehouse Project have revolutionised cities all over the UK, Dave Haslam whose books on contemporary club culture in New York and of course Manchester, where he was resident at the iconic Hacienda, are the gold standard.

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Mapping specialist Paul Boland focuses the projectors in preparation for the Limerick Electronic Arts Festival launch in Arthurs Quay Park. Picture: Sean Curtin/True Media

CREATION Youth Conference

LEAF is also making a call out to anyone who is over 14-years-old to get involved with the Creation Youth Conference on Saturday, September 12. Fancy yourself as a hacker or gamer? Have you made a short film or is your bedroom a music studio? We are looking for aspiring influencers, esporters and DJs. If you think you have something to offer the festival, get in touch on [email protected] and tell them a little about yourself and your creative talents.

Amongst the speakers coming over to upskill our teens are:

Sammy Andrews is one of the music industry’s leading digital advisors and futurologists, having gained a 360-degree view of the music industry with a background as a concert promoter, artist manager and independent record label founder. Andrews will share her experience and advise younger generations how best to communicate their work, market their brand and monetise their talents.

Jayde Vincent will share her experiences as a verified Tik Tok star and present a masterclass in content creation, monetization and branding at Creation. Based in Calgary, Canada, 18-year-old Jayde has over 1.1 million followers and is on her way to becoming a Tik Tok megastar.

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Jayde Vincent, one of the stars of LEAF 2020, posing for a picture.

Tik Tok is one of the fastest-growing social media platforms, with over 500 million active users worldwide. 

Tara Stewart, the coolest 2FM DJ on Earth, will host the day-long forum with workshops included. These media masterminds will entertain and educate attendees with talks and panels on E-sports, YouTube, music creation and the world of online collaboration and monetisation from Depop to Spotify.

This plus digital workshops, late-night parties and fringe events all over town to be announced in the coming months, LEAF 2020 is a festival of Limerick to the world, positioning the city front and centre in the world of electronic arts, at the intersection of technology and artistic expression.


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Richard is a presenter, producer, songwriter and actor. He was named the Limerick Person of the Year (2011) and won an online award at the Metro Éireann Media and Multicultural Awards (2011) for promoting multi-culturalism online. Richard says that the concept is very much a community driven project that aims to document life in Limerick. So, that in 20 years time people can look back and remember the events that were making the headlines.