Dance legends Basement Jaxx have been confirmed as the latest headline guests for a spectacular meeting of club music and symphony orchestra, The Symphonic Sounds of Back to Basics, which opens Leeds City Council’s Millennium Square Summer Series on Friday 28 July.
The curtain-raiser on a long weekend of Opera North in the City, the collaboration between Opera North, Leeds City Council and Back to Basics founder Dave Beer will see the soundtrack of the legendary Leeds club night reimagined and performed live by a 50-piece symphony orchestra together with some of the biggest names in dance music.
With roots in Brixton’s underground house scene, Basement Jaxx broke into the mainstream in the late-90s with a string of huge singles including Red Alert, Bingo Bango and Rendez-Vu. Their second album, 2001's Rooty, upped the ante even further with Romeo and Where's Your Head At?
Basement Jaxx’s original vocalists Sharlene Hector and Vula Malinga will be joining founder member Felix Buxton and the Orchestra of Opera North to perform expanded versions of their iconic hits.
Being long-time friends of Back to Basics and Dave Beer, it is a great honour for Basement Jaxx to be invited to help the city celebrate over 25 years of this legendary club night. We are extremely excited to see some of our best-known songs re-worked and performed live by a full Symphony Orchestra!
Another 90s icon, Republica vocalist Saffron, will be performing her UK Club Chart number 1 Ready to Go and her earlier cult hit with N-Joi, Anthem, which found a new audience through its inclusion in Grand Theft Auto V. Groove Armada vocalist MC M.A.D. will also be joining the celebrations.
Other artists already announced include Adamski, Robert Owens, A Man called Adam, The Beloved and Sara Garvey.
Dave Beer, founder and owner of Back to Basics, comments:
Basement Jaxx and Groove Armada are two of the biggest names in dance music, and we’re delighted that original artists and vocalists from both will be joining the line-up for the Symphonic Sounds of Back to Basics. With our very good friend Saffron from N:Joi and Republica joining the stellar line-up, we’re all set for a momentous evening.
The orchestra demonstrates its incredible range as Opera North in the City continues with A Night at the Opera (Saturday 29 July) and concludes with a special screening of Back to the Future (Sunday 30 July) featuring Alan Silvestri’s stunning musical score performed live. Tickets are on sale now, with a weekend pass giving access to all three events at a reduced price.
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