Big news today coming from Further Future, the electrifying music festival returning for year two next April in the desert beyond Las Vegas. Last week we saw them add Lee Burridge and the Robot Heart crew with Phase 3, and now they've wasted no time announcing that legendary UK act Leftfield will be their next big performer.
In an age where so many festivals are recycling and reusing the same artists over and over again, it's rare to hear about promoters taking chances and booking artists that stray from the core fan base of American audiences. That's where Further Future comes in.
While Leftfield has long been considered pioneers of the UK House movement and an artist that helped shape British electronic culture in the 90s alongside groups like The Prodigy, The Chemical Brothers, and Underworld, their presence in the US has never been as strong.
Although that's not to say there hasn't been a huge demand for them in the US, but one lone DJ tour in 1999 and a quick stop at Coachella in 2011 has been the extent of their focus in America. No word on whether Further Future will be the first of a couple US shows, but at this point it's the only one announced in support of the 2015 album Alternative Light Source.
The Mercury Prize nominees now solely led by Neil Barnes join an already stacked and underground leaning lineup that includes Nicolas Jaar, Four Tet, The Pharcyde, Dixon, Easy Star All-Stars, &ME, Derrick Carter, Daedelus, Andy Stott, DJ Tennis, and much more.
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