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The Symphonic Sounds of Back to Basics

The Symphonic Sounds of Back to Basics

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

This summer, experience iconic dancefloor & club anthems at a whole new level in the city’s biggest outdoor arena.

With original guest vocalists, a full 60-piece symphony orchestra and a killer set list curated with legendary Leeds club Back to Basics, be sure not to miss this epic live music concert celebrating the city’s cultural diversity!

With special guests: Heather Small (the voice of M People), Andy Cato & MC M.A.D (Groove Armada), Janice Robinson (the voice of Dreamer from Livin' Joy), Rowetta (Happy Mondays), Rachel McFarlane and Sara Garvey.​ 

Conductor: Cliff Masterson

Watch the trailer

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Why you need to be there:

  • Rave to club classics
  • Live DJ sets from 6.45pm, live performances from approx 8.15pm
  • Unites a 60-piece symphony orchestra with leading DJs and guest star vocalists

Information about the venue:

  • Food & drink available to purchase
  • City centre location – great bus and train links, plus plenty of parking spots for those not drinking!
  • City’s biggest outdoor arena
  • VIP upgrade gets you access to VIP bar location

 Running times

Doors 6.30pm
DJ sets 6.45pm
Symphonic Sounds of Back to Basics 8.15pm
Event ends 10.30pm

Includes interval of 25 minutes

Additional information

Suitable for ages 14+. Under 16s must be accompanied by an adult.

Standing tickets only

Behind the scenes 

Handy and helpful event information:


The Symphonic Sounds of Back to Basics
Gates open at 6.30pm
DJ sets from 6.45pm
Live performances from 8.15pm
DJ set (interval) 9.00pm - 9.30pm
End time 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.
The Symphonic Sounds of Back to Basics is limited to ages 14+
Jurassic Park is Cert PG.

VIP ticket holders  
If you booked a VIP ticket for The Symphonic Sounds of Back to Basics, 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.

More information about Millennium Square can be found at millsqleeds.com


Early Bird £29.50

GA standing £32.50

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

  • ‘…stunning…took dance music to another level’
    Yorkshire Evening Post

  • ‘…bloody brilliant’
    Culture Vulture

  • ‘…outstanding and the atmosphere was buzzing’
    The Symphonic Sounds of Back to Basics audience member, 2018

With Special Guests

  • Heather Small (The Voice of M People)
  • Andy Cato & MC M.A.D (Groove Armada)
  • Janice Robinson
  • Rowetta (Happy Mondays)
  • Rachel McFarlane
  • Sara Garvey