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80s Classical

80s Classical

Opera North in the City 2019, part of Millennium Square Summer Series

The 80s is back!

Retro gets a radical symphonic makeover this summer as some of the most iconic songs of the 80s are reworked into breath-taking new orchestral versions and performed live by the original artists.  Featuring Jimmy Somerville, Howard Jones, Nik Kershaw, Johnny Hates Jazz and Carol Decker (T’Pau) together with Opera North’s 60-piece orchestra, this is hit after hit of 80s gold.*

Why you need to be there:

  • Iconic Songs, Original Artists, Live Orchestra!
  • Hits including; Don’t Leave Me This Way, Never Can Say Goodbye, Wouldn’t It Be Good, What Is Love, Shattered Dreams and China In Your Hand 
  • Dance the night away to 80s classics including; Heaven Is A Place On Earth, Africa and many, many more….
  • Party like it’s the 80s in the city’s biggest outdoor arena!

Information about the venue:

  • City Centre location – great bus and train links, plus plenty of parking spots for those not drinking!
  • Choice of standing ticket or reserved seating area
  • VIP upgrade gets you access to exclusive bar (limited number only!)
  • Variety of food & drink vendors

*The show producers / organsiers reserve the right to change line-up &/or set-list

Running times:

Doors 6.30pm
DJ Sets  6.45pm
80s Classical 8.15pm
Event ends 10.30pm

Additional information:

Standing & seating area (limited)

Under 16s must be accompanied by an adult.

To find out more about the show producers and the artists, please visit www.80sclassical.com

Handy and helpful event information:


80s Classical

Gates open at 6.30pm

DJ sets from 6.45pm

Live performances from 8.15pm

DJ set (interval) 9.00pm - 9.30pm

Event ends 10.30pm

Ticket collection

Before 5pm on Friday 26 July (recommended to beat the rush!), tickets can be collected from the Box Office they were purchased from:

Opera North Box Office:
46 New Briggate
(opening hours 10am to 6pm and 12pm – 8pm on performance nights, including Sat 27/7/19)
0113 223 3600

City Centre Box Office:
Leeds Town Hall, The Headrow, LS1 3AD
(Mon to Sat 10am to 6pm)
0113 376 0318

Over the weekend, tickets can be collected from Carriageworks Theatre Box Office located on Millennium Square which will be open:

Friday 26 July

6.00pm – 9.00pm

Saturday 27 July

6.00pm – 9.00pm

Sunday 28 July

3.30pm – 6.00pm

Millennium Square FAQs

For your safety, the venue security team will be running bag searches ahead of entering the arena for all events in Millennium Square. We advise you to plan your travel arrangements in advance and arrive in plenty of time.

There’s lots of useful information to help you enjoy your night in this handy guide, including where to park and where the entry points are.

Please note, you cannot bring your own food and drink (other than small 500ml water bottles with unbroken seals) into the arena. Free drinking water will be provided.

A selection of hot food will be available to purchase inside the arena along with a licensed festival bar offering beer, cider, wines, a selection of spirits and soft drinks. So if you’re in a hurry and rushing straight from work, there’ll be something you can grab inside the arena. This year's traders will include Falafel Street Kitchen, Slap & Pickle, The Mexican Pilgrim  as well as a coffee van. 

The Great British Weather 
It is an outdoor event – there is no roof cover and there will be no patio heaters. You are advised to dress warmly as, even on a nice day, the temperature will drop in the evening.

In the case of bad weather, you are advised to pack a waterproof as no large umbrellas are allowed, and umbrellas in general may restrict the views of others so you may be asked to put it down by a steward. Waterproof ponchos will be available to buy inside the arena at all three events.

​Cash Machines
Please note, there are no cash machines within the arena. The nearest is near Carriageworks, however due to long queues in previous years you may want to plan in advance.


The nearest secure parking is available at The Light (accessible via Great George Street) £8.50 between 6pm and 9am.

24 hour, 7 days a week parking is available at Woodhouse Lane car park. Price: £2.20 for 2 hours, 
£4.40 for 3 hours, £6.50 for 4 hours, £8 for 12 hours. 

On-street parking is also available. For further information on parking, please see the Leeds City Centre car parking map

How do I get into the arena?

Millennium Square can be accessed off Portland Gate / Portland Crescent, Cookridge Street, Rossington Street, Great George Street or Calverley Street with level / sloped access provided at each of these points.

Can I leave the arena if needed?
No. There are no pass outs issued – when you’re in, you’re in.

Anyone aged under 16 years must be accompanied by an adult. 

VIP ticket holders  

If you booked a VIP ticket for 80s Classical, you can collect your VIP wristband and complimentary waterproof poncho at the entrance to the VIP Bar in front of the Brodrick Buildings in the north-eastern corner of the arena. The wristband will give you access to the bar throughout the evening.

Glitter Station & Face-painting

New for 2019! Get into the festival spirit with Radio Aire’s glitter and face painting station. Available for the entire weekend – and don’t forget to tag #ONintheCity when you post your selfies on social.

Millennium Square is fully accessible, with a raised viewing platform, disabled toilets and a Changing Places high dependency unit. Full accessibility information and companion ticket details are available in PDF form or by calling the City Centre Box Office.


GA standing £32.50

GA seated £37.50

Groups 4+ £29.50pp

VIP bar upgrade £7.00 (sold out)

Book both 80s Classical and The Symphonic Sounds of Back to Basics and save £7.50

With Special Guests

  • Jimmy Somerville
  • Howard Jones
  • Nik Kershaw
  • Johnny Hates Jazz
  • Carol Decker (T'Pau)