THE RETURN OF THE
SYMPHONIC SOUNDS OF BACK TO BASICS MILLENNIUM SQUARE IN LEEDS ON FRIDAY 27 JULY
Featuring some of the most infectious and energetic dance anthems from over the past three decades, this open-air concert is packed with club classics reworked and performed live by a 50-piece symphony orchestra.
This year’s collaboration between the Orchestra of Opera North and legendary Leeds club Back to Basics promises to be a night to remember as dance music legends Robin S, Utah Saints and Alison Limerick have been announced as this year’s headline special guests. Joining them on stage to deliver an epic musical celebration will be rave favouritesShades of Rhythm, N:Joi / Republica lead singer Saffron together with Robert Owens, Rachel McFarlane, Sara Garveyand a talented trio of vocalists Adetoun Rattenbury, Sabrina Ramikie and The Voice’s Jaz Ellington.
Once again the event will be presented by Back to Basics head honcho Dave Beer, with live warm-up DJ sets from Basics residents Ralph Lawson, Tristan Da Cunha and James Holroyd. Returning to rework the tracks for orchestra,Steve Anderson has been musical director for Kylie Minogue for over 20 years, and Cliff Masterson has worked as conductor and arranger for artists including Emeli Sandé.
Join us to show how spectacular and vibrant the city of Leeds is in showcasing two of its much loved and contrasting musical institutions.
Dance music legends Robin S, Utah Saints and Alison Limerick have been confirmed as the headline special guests for the return of The Symphonic Sounds of Back to Basics featuring the Orchestra of Opera North on Millennium Square, Leeds on Friday 27 July.
This year’s collaboration between Dave Beer’s trailblazing Leeds club and Yorkshire’s resident symphony orchestra is set to turn the clocks back to the heady days of the early 90s, when electrifying new waves of US dance music hit the UK and home-grown musicians and producers responded with incredible, hard-hitting sounds of their own.
Born and raised in Queens, New York, Robin S is best known for her worldwide chart-topping smash and dance music classic Show Me Love. This year marks the 25th anniversary of Swedish producer StoneBridge’s 1993 remix, which took it to number one in the US dance chart, number 5 on the Billboard Hot 100, and number 6 in the UK. Robin was named Best Dance Artist at the 1993 Billboard Awards with Show Me Love voted the Best Dance Single, leading to further chart success and collaborations with a variety of producers including Junior Vasquez, Nick Martinelli and David Morales.
One of the biggest house-pop crossovers of the early-90s and a matchless ‘diva house’ record, Show Me Love will reach new heights on Millennium Square with a full symphonic makeover – the first time it will have been performed live in the UK as part of a modern club/classical event with its original singer centre stage.
“I AM REALLY LOOKING FORWARD TO RETURNING TO THE UK FOR THIS UNIQUE PERFORMANCE IN LEEDS. IT IS AMAZING THAT SHOW ME LOVE IS STILL GOING STRONG AFTER 25 YEARS AND I AM SO EXCITED TO BE ABLE TO PERFORM THIS LIVE FOR THE AUDIENCE ALONGSIDE OPERA NORTH’S 50-PIECE SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA – IT IS GOING TO BE A VERY SPECIAL MOMENT!” – ROBIN S
Home-grown DJ and sampling pioneers Utah Saints had their first hit in 1991 with What Can You Do For Me, chopping Eurythmics and Gwen Guthrie to pieces and reassembling them into something breathtakingly new. More success followed with Something Good, which sampled Kate Bush’s Cloudbusting, and Believe in Me, another top ten hit that spliced The Human League, Sylvester and Crown Heights Affair with a large helping of the Saints’ hyperactive genius. The duo, Tim Utah and Jez Willis, started out as promoters on the same Yorkshire club scene as Dave Beer, and the Back to Basics mainman once even served as their tour manager.
With a total of 9 Top 40 UK hits to their name and sales of over 2 million records worldwide, Tim and Jez are currently working on new material in their studio, producing and remixing for other artists, hosting club nights and curating festivals. The KLF’s Bill Drummond called them “the first true stadium house band”, and their huge sound is about to get even bigger for this summer’s reunion with the Basics crew, with the addition of Opera North’s 50-piece symphony orchestra.
Alison Limerick’s 1990 debut single Where Love Lives defines the house anthem right from its iconic opening piano chords, with stunning production courtesy of the legendary David Morales
and the late, great Frankie Knuckles pushing Limerick’s unforgettable, bittersweet vocal performance to another level. It topped a Mixmag chart of the Greatest Dance Singles Of All Time, and continues to influence the sound of club music today.
Also joining the bill, Shades of Rhythm (Rayan Gee, Nick Slater and Lanx) bring the sound of rave to Millennium Square, with their essential early-90s hits Sweet Sensation and Sound of Eden getting an orchestral overhaul. Returning from the first ever Symphonic Sounds of Back to Basics, lead singer/songwriter for N-Joi and multi-million selling band Republica, Saffron will once again take centre stage with a unique mash-up of her hit singles Anthem and Ready to Go with an added twist for this year’s show. Chicago house royalty Robert Owens is also back for 2018, another stellar David Morales/Frankie Knuckles associate (Tears; I’ll be Your Friend) and a direct link to the early days of the sound through his work with Larry Heard in Fingers Inc. British gospel and house singer Rachel McFarlane will be performing Let The Music Lift you Up, which she recorded with Loveland and took to number 16 in the UK charts, and her self-penned Lover, which was mashed up with Paul Van Dyk’s For an Angel to become a late-90s white label sensation.
Best known for her work with Nightmares on Wax, jazz and broken beat vocalist Sara Garvey is another long-time Back to Basics associate, and returns for the second Symphonic Sounds with a special arrangement of Moloko’s The Time Is Now. Also back from last year, a talented trio of vocalists, Adetoun Rattenbury, Sabrina Ramikie and The Voice’s Jaz Ellington, will perform an array of club and electronica anthems including Faithless’s Insomnia, which was the most requested track for inclusion in the concert in a public vote on social media.
Tickets for The Symphonic Sounds of Back to Basics
are priced at £32.50 and
are on sale now through the City Centre Box Office (0113 3760318), Opera North and at www.millsqleeds.com.