Back to Basics announce 25th anniversary orchestral extravaganza with Opera North, Adamski, The Beloved, Robert Owens + anniversary photo book

A new live music spectacular will see classic club dance floor anthems re imagined and performed in a unique and contemporary way on Millennium Square this summer as two contrasting Leeds-based musical institutions come together for the first time to celebrate the full range of the city’s sensational musical offering.

The soundtrack of legendary Leeds club night Back to Basics will be performed by a 50-piece symphony orchestra from Opera North in a live extravaganza at the heart of the city centre on Friday, July 28th.

The event, entitled The Symphonic Sounds of Back to Basics, is a new collaboration between Opera North, Leeds City Council and Back to Basics founder Dave Beer, which also marks an incredible 25 years at the forefront of UK club culture for the trailblazing brand.

The production team responsible for creating this spectacular show are renowned songwriter and producer Steve Anderson, who has been musical director for Kylie Minogue for over 20 years, and whose credits include Paul McCartney, Take That and Leona Lewis – and Cliff Masterson, who has worked as conductor and arranger for artists including Emeli Sandé, Little Mix and Katherine Jenkins. Together they curated the sell-out Lush Classics concerts in Belfast, produced the music for the opening of the Commonwealth Games, Glasgow (2014) and composed original music for the London Olympics (2012).

“Cliff and I are so honoured to be working with the incredible Orchestra of Opera North in such a beautiful setting. Our new, expanded arrangements of club classics will bring back some very special memories for anyone who’s ever danced, made friends or fallen in love at the legendary Back to Basics”. – Steve Anderson

The evening will also include special guest appearances from well-known club artists and long-time friends of Back to Basics: Adamski, Robert Owens, A Man called Adam and The Beloved with more star guests still to be announced.

“I’m really excited about this event and it’s a privilege to be working alongside Opera North and their amazing orchestra. Music has always been my life and I’ve devoted the biggest part of it to bringing music to the city that I love. I’m so proud that Leeds City Council recognises our contribution to the city over the past 25 years and is honouring us in this way.

Since its inception back in 1991, many friendships and unions have been made by those people who met on our dance floors, and this event provides a wonderful opportunity for family and friends across three generations to come together for a unique celebration right at the heart of the city on Millennium Square” – Dave Beer (founder and owner of Back to Basics)

Tickets for ‘The Symphonic Sounds of Back to Basics’ are priced at £28 and are on sale now through the City Centre Box Office, Opera North and at and

The Back to Basics event will be the first in a trio of summer collaborations between Leeds City Council and Opera North over the course of the same weekend, opening the annual Summer Series on Millennium Square.

A Night at the Opera will take place on July 29th and will feature the finest operatic arias and show-stopping songs from the musicals. On Sunday, July 30th, a special screening of classic blockbuster Back to the Future will be accompanied by Opera North’s full symphony orchestra performing Alan Silvestri’s stunning musical score live.

The Symphonic Sounds Of Back To Basics

Friday 28th July
Millennium Square, Leeds


Back to Basics to launch 25th anniversary photo book…

Legendary and record breaking UK club night Back to Basics is celebrating more than 25 years of regular house parties with a limited edition souvenir coffee table book. Released at the end of July just after a huge celebratory symphonic show in Millennium Square, Leeds, the book is being put together to raise funds for the soon to open Back to Basics Music Academy.

Back to Basics, of course, is known through the world for its underground attitude, pioneering parties that bring a diverse collective of music lovers together and for sticking true to its house music ideas since the very early nineties. DJs like Basement Jaxx and Carl Cox, Jamie Jones and Damian Lazarus, X Press 2 and James Zabiela have all played at the party and helped make it one of the most influential in the country.

The new book features hand picked photographs from the lifelong musical figure behind the night, Dave Beer, as well as from events over the years, either taken by professional photographers or punters who have attended throughout the years. The photographs are being collected over the coming weeks to also display on the big screen at Millennium Square on the night of the Symphonic Sounds show. The night’s iconic and antiestablishment flyers will also feature and, as well as shots of the night from its many different venues over the years, there will also be pictures of weddings that happened as a result of people meeting at Basics, plus Basics babies, friends and family who have passed, and much more besides.

The photos that are being shown on the big screen will be displayed throughout a new live music spectacular, which will see classic club anthems reimagined and performed in a unique and contemporary way by a 50-piece symphony orchestra from Opera North in a live extravaganza at the heart of the city centre on Friday, July 28.

This book is sure to be a fitting tribute and magical memory of one of the longest running club nights in the world.

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