The brilliantly eclectic Leftfoot release plans for their 2016 season

The brilliantly eclectic Leftfoot, one of the UK’s longest running sessions, continues to lay down some of the most progressively edifying programming around. With the ethos firmly built upon exploring a dynamic soundscape, drawing upon a huge range of influences, the night’s esteemed foundations have seen Leftfoot flourish. Now entering its 16th year, Leftfoot continues to offer an inspired range of shows which join the dots across a vibrant sound spectrum.

Previous artists include Jamie xx, Bonobo, Mr. Scruff b2b Alexander Nut, Mala, Leon Vynehall, Andrew Weatherall and much more, illustrating its depth and range. And now the autumn and winter programming brings together some incredible names in the Midlands. From seminal crate-dug disco and house from MCDE, Hunee, Bicep and Horse Meat Disco, to the effervescent electronic spectrum covered by Gilles Peterson, Joy Orbison, and Move D, over to Ninja Tune’s Max Graef and his jazzier and hip-hop excursions. On the live side, there’s more from the Ninja Tune label with nu-jazz’s Cinematic Orchestra, Japanese “death-jazz” sextet Soil and Pimp Sessions and the mercurial Hypnotic Brass Ensemble, the Chicago-based band consisting of eight sons of the jazz trumpeter Phil Cohran.

Jamie XX plays at The Rainbow, Birmingham, Saturday 21 March 2015

There’s a touch of magic here, with Birmingham filtered through a Berlin lens via the USA’s prime musical cities, converging together at Leftfoot across 9 shows. They feature collaborations with Shadow City, Mostly Jazz, Funk and Soul festival, The Soul Food Project and Moodfix, and take in four key venues across the city each offering a distinctly different environment: Hare and Hounds, Rainbow, Blackbox, and Institute. Leftfoot is also embarking on a monthly residency at The Garden Brewery in Zagreb, a brand new venture from the team behind The Garden Festival, with dates confirmed for Sept 17th, Oct 15th, Nov 19th and Dec 17th.

“We have been putting on parties for many years here, and Leftfoot has gone from strength to strength. It’s something we are very proud of, cultivating the sense that pretty much anything goes musically. Our night is all about musical edification and eclecticism, but also fundamentally is about being a damn good party too, which we hope is reflected in the bookings we bring to Birmingham.

So for our autumn and winter programming, we are utilising four venues across the city which each offer something different. As well as this, we are starting a brand new residency with our friends in Croatia at The Garden Brewery, a fantastic space which has taken the city by storm, and we will be taking Leftfoot there each month, starting in September. It’s a very exciting time for us.” – Adam Regan (Leftfoot)

Bonobo at Leftfoot - action -credit Evie Williams

Thursday 29th September
Hare & Hounds
In collaboration with SFP
Hypnotic Brass Ensemble
£15 Advance + BF

Friday 7th October
In collaboration with Shadow City
MCDE and Move D
£16 Early Bird + BF // £18 Advance + BF

Friday 14th October
Hare & Hounds
In collaboration with Mostly Jazz
Soil and Pimp Sessions
£16 Advance + BF

Saturday 22nd October
Hare & Hounds
In collaboration with Moodfix
Max Graef
£8 Early Birds + BF / £10 Advance + BF

Wednesday 9th November
O2 Institute
The Cinematic Orchestra
£25 + BF

Friday 11th November
Hare & Hounds
In collaboration with Shadow City
Horse Meat Disco
£12 Advance + BF

Saturday 3rd December
In collaboration with Shadow City
Bicep / Joy Orbison / Gilles Peterson / Hunee / O’Flynn

Photo Credits: Evie Williams / Wayne Fox