Wax:on Live - 31/05 Leeds - win Tickets

A mini festival hauled together in the sumptuous and gorgeous confines of Leeds’s Lotherton Hall stately home on the very last day of May.

Richard Dyer

Date published: 21st Apr 2008

Complete with six staggeringly explosive arenas each showcasing a different dance aesthetic to devastating effect. The first entrance from Geordie raves organiser extraordinaire Wax:On into the festival market packs no punches, coming through like a juggernaut into a saturated market which needs a breath of fresh air. Quite how the Hall, city or indeed club land itself will ever be the same remains to be seen.  
It’s simply frightening...   Wax:On themselves take over the first arena, and do so by hauling Glaswegian rockers Primal Scream down for the ride. The band have simply become one of the UK’s finest since their creation at the end of the eighties, enlisting former Stone Roses axeman Mani for the ride and creating music history with their Andrew Weatherall produced masterpiece ‘Screamadelica’ in 1995. Now operating knee deep in art house blues and post garage melancholy, they are quite simply stunning. They are joined by further live shows from disco upstarts Hercules and the Love Affair and Late of the Pier, with DJ support from Green Velvet, Erol Alkan, Annie Mac and Riotous Rockers, plus Wax:On stalwarts People Get Real, TC Monckton and Oli Patten. Now for the rest...
Wall of Sound take over the second arena, bringing their own take on the music industry through their unadulterated take on the acid house manifesto. Like Primal Scream, their ingenuity is built upon blending the punch and visceral glory of live rock with the sheer pleasure of abandoning yourself in the repetitive groove of dance music, and illustrate this with a selection of bands and DJs. Chart toppers and stadium slaying rockers Reverend of the Makers appear at the pinnacle of the bill, duly supported on a live basis by the Infadels, The Shortwave Set, Shychild, Ocelot and Ahuman. DJ wise, X-Press 2 throw up an exclusive acid house set, the Unabombers fire out their dynamic eclectic techno soul and label owners Alvin C and Mark Jones kick things off. Oh yeah, and just in case you weren’t assured of the benefits of marrying the two genres, the original master Andrew Weatherall is here to show you how it’s done.  
Elsewhere Technique get an arena, bringing (deep breath!) Steve Lawler, Derrick May, Stacey Pullen, Steve Bug  and Ivan Smagghe  amongst a few others offering a beguiling blend of dark house and spellbinding techno to pummel the ear drums and obliterate the feet. Hospitality, the promotional front of long running soulful drum n bass imprint Hospital Records, bring together Shy FX, Ed Rush, London Elektricity and DJ Die for a kaleidoscopic deebee torpedo, not to mention dubstep from Skream and Plastician.
The fifth arena sees some seismic experiments in the avant-garde of electronic deepness with Manchester upstarts Naive Melody hosting a blistering selection of dance floor electronica with Matthew Herbert, Justus Kohncke Live, I-F, Ame and Dixon amongst the names fighting it out for supremacy. And then finally Adventures in the Beetroot field lay their cards o the table with a swaggering selection of the erratic elements of the underground. The Count of Monte Cristo and Sinden Live, Friendly Fires, Operator Please, Christopher D Ashley and the Autokratz are the highlights of a monstrous offering.
This is a huge step up for Wax:On and indicative of how far the club has evolved, and bringing together some like-minded sessions from around the UK makes for a simply staggering party dripping with talent the whole way through.   Don’t miss this…

 (Deep Breath)
 The Full Line-Up  
Wax:On Live
Saturday May 31st
Lotherton Hall, Lotherton Lane, Aberford, Leeds LS25 3EB
Arena 1: Wax:On  
Primal Scream     
Hercules and Love Affair Live
Late of the Pier Live
Green Velvet  
Erol Alkan  
Annie Mac  
Riotous Rockers  
People Get Real  
TC Monckton
Oli Patten  
Arena 2: Wall of Sound:
Reverend and the Makers Live
X-Press 2 (Acid House Set)
The Infadels Live
The Shortwave Set Live
Andrew Weatherall
Shy Child Live  
Ocelot Live
Ahuman Live  
Alvin C and Mark Jones
Arena 3: Technique
Steve Lawler  
Derrick May  
Stacey Pullen  
Steve Bug  
Ivan Smagghe  
Thomas Melchoir Live
Ryan Elliot  
Dave Martin  
Arena 4: Hospitality:
Shy FX  
Ed Rush  
London Elektricity
DJ Die
Foreign Beggars
Kila Kella  
Danny Byrd 
MCs Ruthles / SP
Visuals by Mox (Ninja Tune)
Arena 5: Naïve Melody:
Matthew Herbert  
Justus Kohncke Live
Toby Tobias  
Tim Sweeney (DFA)
Slippery People  
Arena 6: Adventures in the Beetroot Field:
The Count and Sinden Live
Friendly Fires  
Operator Please
Christopher D Ashley
The Black Ghosts 
Skull Juice  
Casper C  
Crispin Dior
Tickets: £35 earlybird / £39.50 Standard
2pm – 6am
Info – 07747 150056
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