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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

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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 


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

Tickets & Times

  • Sat 27 Jul , 6:00 PM

  • ‘…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