Bristol will welcome Leftfield to Trinity Centre on September 2nd, with the group’s sole remaining member Neil Barnes charged with delivering a DJ set on this occasion. Barnes, who had started Leftfield alongside Paul Daley back in 1989, has been active as Leftfield in a solo capacity since 2010, releasing the group’s third album Alternative Light Source in 2015.
Leftfield were at their most successful just before the new millennium, with second album Rhythm and Stealth reaching number one in the UK album charts to beat the number three high that first LP Leftism reached. Fusing elements of house music, dub and breakbeat, the group became the subject of the term “progressive house”, a banner dreamed up by Mixmag to describe the unique sound that Leftfield had created. Working at a time when peers like The Chemical Brothers were stoking the fires of Big Beat, Leftfield found significant success in combining electronic music with guest vocalists, with Toni Halliday, Johnny Rotten and Afrika Bambaataa among those to lend their voices to top 20 hit singles.
The DJ set will be a big fixture in the Trinity Centre calendar, with Leftfield’s dub influences sure to connect with the Bristol audience given the city’s similarly dub-infused musical identity.
Words by Andrew Kemp
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