Symphony anthems will return to square

A rare blend of dance anthems and a live orchestra will return to Leeds for a second spectacular show, it has been announced.

Tuesday, 21st November 2017, 2:26 pm
Updated Tuesday, 12th December 2017, 4:02 am

The Symphonic Sounds of Back to Basics will be held in Millennium Square in July 2018 following the success of its inaugural show this summer.

Collaborating with the Orchestra of Opera North, legendary Back to Basics DJ Dave Beer will be joined by a line-up of special guest artists and vocalists when the show takes over the square next year.

Organisers say its return comes after an “amazing reaction” to this summer’s instalment from visitors.

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Dave Beer, founder and owner of Back to Basics said: “After such an incredible experience this summer, I am really honoured and excited to be able to work alongside Leeds City Council and the brilliant Orchestra of Opera North once again in 2018.

“The amazing reaction and feedback we got after the first event has been truly phenomenal and we can’t wait to come back with another knock-out live show that the city can be proud of.”

Hundreds of visitors flocked to the square this summer to watch the Symphonic Sounds concert, which featured a programme of world-famous artists performing alongside Opera North’s 50-piece symphony orchestra.

Tickets for the open air concert next year, to be held on July 27, go on sale from 10am today.

The Symphonic Sounds of Back to Basics will be the first of a series of three events marking the Opera North in the City Festival and part of the annual Millennium Square Summer Series.

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