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Leftfield for Galway Big Top show

Leftfield for Galway Big Top show


Leftfield will play Galway International Arts Festival Big Top on July 19th.

Last week, Leftfield was announced for the National Stadium on July 18th.

Tickets for Leftfield at the Heineken Big Top show will go on sale on Thursday 28th March at 10am from /

Galway International Arts Festival

The 2024 Galway International Arts Festival will run from 15-28th July and the full festival programme will be announced in May. Leftfield are the 10th act to be announced for the Heineken® Big Top line-up as part of Galway International Arts Festival 2024 which includes Passenger, Kneecap, Block Rockin Beats, Annie Mac, Jess Glynne, KETTAMA, Gavin James and The Saw Doctors.

These will be Leftfield’s Irish shows since their Beyond The Pale set in 2023, and first Dublin show in six years.

My experience of seeing Leftfield live in the early 2000s is still among my favourite live gigs of all-time. There’s a live rip on Youtube from Homelands 2000 that is among the best live festival sets from an electronic act you will hear anywhere, building city-sized rhythms out of their classic early albums Leftism (1995) Rhythm & Stealth (1999).

Of course, Leftfield has had lineup changes and a long time away since then. Neil Barnes (with Adam Wren replacing Paul Daley these days) returned to releasing albums after 16 years with 2015’s Alternative Light Source and 2022’s This Is What We Do.

About Leftfield

Formed in 1988, Leftfield was originally comprised of Neil Barnes and Paul Daley. Leftfield’s legendary live-performances paired with seminal albums, 1995s Leftism and 1999s Rhythm & Stealth (both Mercury Music Prize nominees), solidified their position as true pioneers.

The group then went on a hiatus in 2002 before returning in 2010 for live-appearances (now led solely by Barnes). 2015’s Alternative Light Source was the first Leftfield album in sixteen years. The record garnered acclaim from The Guardian, The Observer, Uncut, Mojo and more, and featured Jason Williamson (Sleaford Mods) and Tunde Adebimpe (TV on The Radio), amongst others. In 2017, the band reissued their classic album Leftism, remastering the original 11 tracks of the record and releasing 11 remixes. They then embarked on a special sold out tour in support of the reissue, playing Leftism in its entirety. At the end of last year, Leftfield released their album This Is What We Do, following the earlier release of the direct and dancefloor driven track, “Accumulator”.  

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