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The Playground presente Vitalic + Kavinsky + Cassius + Squarepusher + Leftfield +Gary Numan +Digitalism

From 07/06/2013 at 21:00 to 09/06/2013 at 06:00

This year’s Playground Festival brings together many of the godfathers/innovators of house, techno and electro music alongside those making a significant rise on the current underground scene to create a truly retrospective festival experience. 

Headliners such as Leftfield, Squarepusher, Gary Numan, Digitalism, Vitalic and Unkle's James Lavelle, will be joined by a whole host of upcoming and respected talents. 


Kavinsky will also be bringing his unique brand of 80s infused electro to the festival on the Friday night. After all the hype Kavinsky received from his contribution to the ‘Drive’ soundtrack, the producer finally released his debut album ‘Outrun’ this year. A retrospective look at what the producer has managed to achieve since his career began. While his fellow countrymen CASSIUS will join the French producer in what can only become a great union in the sounds of old and new French productions. Known for their anthems ‘Cassius 1999’ and ‘Feeling For You’, Cassius’ inclusion on this bill will bring a cool dose of electro nostalgia to this year’s festivities


Unparalleled in their status as one of the UK’s biggest electronic acts of all time,Leftfield, join the Friday leg of the festival with a rare electronic dj performance. Their seminal debut album ‘Leftism’ went platinum within a number of months of its 1995 release and earned a Mercury Music prize nomination later that year. The album is looked upon as a classic is regularly mentioned in music polls including Q Magazine that placed it 8th in their list of ‘The Greatest Albums Of All Time’.


While the Saturday, will be topped by contemporary experimental producerSquarepusher. This producer has redefined the spectacle of live performances. Using a giant screen, stage board and head-mask comprised of nothing but choreographed LEDs, Squarepusher’s live show now mirrors the incredible attention to detail he brings to his music, as well as highlighting the incredible technology it takes to be one of the world’s best producers.

Gary Numan

Joining the list on the Saturday night will be legendary songwriter and innovator to electronic music Gary Numan. Since his groundbreaking work and named as one of the figureheads of the electronic movement in the late 70s and early 80s, Gary Numan has been a pioneer of forward-thinking electronic music and a living legend to the UK’s musical history. Since the release of his breakthrough track ‘Cars’ in 1979, Numan has gone on to have a glittering career that still holds strong today. With every passing year, Gary Numan has kept true to himself by breaking barriers and creating diverse and interesting electronic music that wins him new fans every day.


Topping Friday’s bill will be the electronic duo Digitalism, making a very rare LIVE performance at Brixton Academy. Known for their breakthrough single ‘Pogo’, Digitalism have been a huge driving force in underground electronic music and their critically acclaimed live show is all part of why we wanted them at the top of the bill.


Joining Digitalism on the Friday will one of the founding members of alternative electronic duo Unkle, James Lavelle is a true staple of the UK’s music scene. Forming the group, alongside DJ Shadow, in 1996, Unkle are regarded as one of the most groundbreaking electronic groups the world has ever seen with their debut album ‘Psyence Fiction’ regularly brought up as one of the greatest albums of all time.


French techno will also get its representation at this year’s festival with an incredible live performance from one of the country’s most formidable producers Vitalic. Since the release of his debut album ‘OK Cowboy’, Vitalic has proven to be one of the world’s leading beatmakers on the techno scene. From his early debut work with ‘La Rock 01’ to his current heavyweight album ‘Rave Age’, Vitalic has never failed to bring the party atmosphere everywhere he goes and earned his place on this year’s bill.

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