Mint Festival: The top five

There's a mega all day rave coming to Leeds this September, so we've picked out the acts who are set to steal the show.

Amelia Ward

Last updated: 24th Aug 2017.
Originally published: 21st Aug 2017

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Entering its sixth year, MiNT Festival leaves its home at The Tetley and heads to the Stockeld Estate, all the while gearing up to christen its new venue with an incredible all day rave, which has a line up to match. 

As the festival heads to pastures new, it very much keeps the format the same, in that the line up boasts some of the most in demand names in dance music, all of which will descend on the open air venue on Saturday 23rd September.

The main stages are hosted by some of the genre's biggest and best, including Knee Deep In Sound and Eats Everything's Edible, who bring a selection of DJs from across the house, techno and bass spectrum. If you add in to that a new VIP area complete with champagne bar and massages, an outdoor cinema and a full street food market, MiNT is set to be the best way to round off summer 2017 and we've picked out our favourites from the bill. (see the full MiNT Festival line up).

5. Lady Leshurr

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The Solihull rap queen entered the frame of the UK scene with a series of fierce mixtapes, with her Queens Speech freestyles proving to be the turning point in her career. The fourth, with its bruising "brush your teeth" refrain, had a devastating impact when it dropped two years ago and now has over 45 million views on YouTube.

Live, Lady Leshurr is an explosive performer, with a barrage of bars riding over gnarly beats at double quick time, with tracks merging effortlessly and heaps of reloads, and her slot earlier in the day on the No Curfew stage will be a fiery affair.

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4. Nic Fanciulli

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Undoubtedly one of the UK's most influential exports, the DJ and producer has been at the forefront of the country's electronic music scene for well over a decade. Not content with donning the decks, Fanciulli has his own festival brand, The Social, as well as his own imprint Saved Records, which is dedicated to unearthing the very best underground house and techno. His all-embracing

His all-embracing knowledge of dance music is sure to make his appearance at the Knee Deep in Sound curated stage an unmissable set.

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3. Seth Troxler B2B Craig Richards

 

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Regular back to back partners Seth Troxler and Craig Richards' chemistry behind the decks is tried and tested. Respectful to records and eager to surprise, these two take their time with both selecting and showcasing some gems and well-thought out dancefloor staples. 

They play the System stage, in good company alongside Loco Dice, Enzo Siragusa and an equally as impressive B2B which may feature elsewhere in this feature...

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2. Eats Everything

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The Edibles label he shares with Nick Harris comes to MiNT Festvival, giving its name to an entire stage stocked full with mouthwatering talent including William Djoko, Patrick Topping and plenty more juicy delights.

Also appearing is up and coming talent Elliot Adamson, who produced the tenth single to be released on the label 'Where The Fuck's My Flanger At'. He will warm the crowd up nicely ahead of the main man's set, which promises to deliver rapid fire tech transitions and groove-laden basslines. 

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1. Ricardo Villalobos B2B Raresh

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Another head turning back to back over on the System stage comes courtesy of two techno dons - Villalobos and Raresh. Both masters of elongated grooves and mesmerising melodies, their musical similarities can be measured by Ricardo's releases on Raresh's [a:rpia:r] label, along with the praised sets they've previously enjoyed together. 

Don't miss the coming together of two electronic masterminds on the System stage. 

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