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This Virtual Music Festival Promises 3 Days of Huge DJ Sets to Raise Money for Charity

· Joseph Sheerin · Music

This is a music festival you can enjoy at home!

Ralph Lawson at headrow House

Get ready for big beats and superstar DJs as Inner City Digital helps raise money for local venues and charities.

The city’s clubs may be shut, but the party carries on with Inner City Digital. This 3-day electronic music festival comes from the folk behind Inner City Electronic. It’s their way of bringing music to people locked down. They’re using the festival as an opportunity to support the local music scene and raise money for the NHS Fund for COVID, Leeds Foodbanks and MAP.

DJs will be taking to their decks for Inner City Digital from 12pm on Friday 5th to late on Sunday 8th June 2020 and the line-up is stacked. Special Request, also known as influential house producer and local legend Paul Woolford, leads the bill with his hypnotic blend of house beats and rave classics. He’ll be joined by two Leeds icons in Back to Basics founder Dave Beer and festival curator Ralph Lawson.

Special Request

It doesn’t stop there though. Freakenstein, the party alias of house music favourite Tristan da Cunha, Sensoramic’s Laura Jones and PBR Streetgang’s Bonar Bradberry will also dust off their records for a feast of electronic sounds. These big-name DJs will share the bill with a who’s who of the city’s music scene, from Cosmic Slop to Truelove, as they team up to soundtrack what could well be the best party anyone has during the pandemic.

As the artists spin tunes to get you grooving in your living room, the organisers will post video highlights from this year’s festival alongside donation links on their website and social media feeds. All the money raised will be split between the city’s electronic music venues and a series of local charities, including the NHS Fund for COVID, Leeds Foodbanks and youth arts organisation MAP.

This online extravaganza has been made possible thanks to the support of Arts Council England’s Emergency Response Fund. Their grant has allowed the organisers of Inner City Electronic to team up with influential local venues like Wire, HiFi, Distrikt and Freedom Mills, as well as transforming Sheaf Street into a safe performance space, where each of the artists on the line-up will record their set live.

The festival is free to enjoy, but donations are encouraged to help the local charities and music venues through this toughest of times.

Inner City Digital takes place online from Friday 5th to Sunday 7th June 2020.