Dance music pioneers LEFTFIELD announce 'This Is What We Tour '23' UK tour for spring 2023

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Today, electronic and dancefloor pioneers Leftfield announce This Is What We Tour ‘23 in support of their acclaimed new album ‘This Is What We Do’, out now via Virgin Records.

Taking place in May & June of next year, the tour includes dates rescheduled due to illness as well as brand new dates across the UK, kicking off at London’s Steel Yard on 18th May 2023.

Tickets are available Friday, 16 December at 10:00 am via

The full list of This Is What We Tour ’23 UK live dates are as follows:

Thursday 18 May London Steel Yard (RESCHEDULED DATE)

Friday 19 May Manchester New Century

Saturday 20 May Manchester New Century (RESCHEDULED DATE)

Thursday 25 May Bristol Marble Factory (RESCHEDULED DATE)

Friday 26 May Cardiff Great Hall

Saturday 27 May Bournemouth O2 Academy

Thursday 1 June Glasgow Barrowland (RESCHEDULED DATE & NEW VENUE)

Friday 2 June Newcastle NX

Saturday 3 June Wolverhampton - The Civic at the Halls

Thursday 8 June Sheffield O2 Academy

Friday 9 June Norwich UEA - The Nick Rayns LCR

This Is What We Do is Leftfield’s first album of new music since 2015’s feted Alternative Light Source. The album was crafted by Neil Barnes with long-time studio and mix engineer Adam Wren, and features guest contributions from Fontaines D.C. frontman Grian Chatten, Lemn Sissay and more. The album cover is a shot taken by lauded photographer Steve McCurry, whose work includes the celebrated photograph Afghan Girl. This cover image is a marked departure to previous Leftfield album imagery, chosen to reflect the warmth and positivity of the album and to celebrate the connections that we make with others throughout our lives.

This Is What We Do, is an eclectic long-player that embodies the core optimistic ethos of the iconic dance music act. Exploring themes around love, acceptance, diversity and healing, the album was written before and after two extremely challenging and transformative periods in the life of Barnes. The global pandemic, and his own personal health crisis, both having a direct impact on the creative process, with his own drive to heal childhood trauma as a backdrop. As a result, the new LP is a rich, vibrant, positive and potent cocktail of incendiary cuts that epitomises Leftfield's uncompromising approach to dance music. Tapping into the roots of the culture - subversive, radical, progressive and inclusive - This Is What We Do is a positive and powerful record that addresses personal themes which also reflect our current global experience.

The album is heralded by current single - and BBC 6Music A-list record - “Full Way Round” feat Fontaines D.C.’s Grian Chatten. “Full Way Round” is a thrilling combination of styles: Leftfield’s tough, electro-indebted production is punctuated by Chatten’s iconoclastic vocal delivery, every syllable delivered with purpose and a steely intent. It is a moment of pure revitalisation, recorded in Leftfield’s studio in West London. “Full Way Round” is imbued with a raw sense of power, hewn from moments of pure inspiration.

Listen to “Full Way Round” - BELOW:

This Is What We Do provides the perfect channel for Barnes to utilise electronic music to work through a highly challenging period of his life, facing his own trauma and going through a process of self-examination.

The positive energy and dance-inducing music across the LP demonstrates the power of dance music can heal and transform, individually and societally. Honest, forthright, unapologetic and unique in its aesthetic, the new album marks another milestone in Leftfield’s timeline. A continuation of their lineage, which can be traced back to 1989, This Is What We Do is a bold counterpoint to the self-conscious cookie-cutter dance music that dominates the current landscape. Vibrant, full of positivity and alive with sincere emotion, this is electronic music in its purest, most rebellious form…

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