A live orchestra playing hits from the 80s is coming to Leeds

An epic night with a 60-piece live orchestra and some iconic 80’s singers

 A huge night out is coming to Leeds with a full orchestra and iconic 80s singers next month.

80’s icons Jimmy Somerville, Nik Kershaw, Go West, Carol Decker, and Yorkshire’s own John Parr will be landing in Leeds next month for a special orchestra rendition of some of the era’s greatest hits.

The rescheduled 80s Classical event comes to Leeds Millennium Square in September, taking place on Friday 10.

Those attending will be treated to chart-topping sounds from one of the most momentous decades performed by a 60 piece orchestra, accompanied by some of the decade’s original performing artists.

Jimmy Somerville first performed at the event in 2019, and is now preparing to return next month with renditions of hits including Never Can Say GoodbyeDon’t Leave Me This Way and Smalltown Boy.

2019’s event was a huge hit in Leeds / Image: 80s Classic Leeds

Speaking on his upcoming performance, he said: “The first 80s Classical was such a memorable evening, and after everything that we have all been through over the past two years I can’t wait to perform to a packed live audience in Millennium Square once again – it is going to be truly special.”

Yorkshire’s own John Parr will be in attendance, playing hit St Elmo’s Fire from the cult 80s movie.

Also returning in September is synth-pop superstar Nik Kershaw, who’ll be performing his like Wouldn’t It Be Good and I Won’t Let the Sun Go Down on Me, as well as songwriter Carol Decker with favourites Heart and Soul and China In Your Hand.

Brit Award-winning duo Go West is also set to make an appearance. Lead singer Peter Cox and rhythm guitarist and backing vocalist Richard Drummie will perform Pretty Woman hit  King of Wishful Thinking as part of a ten-track smash hit setlist.

This year’s event takes place at Millenium Square on 10 September / Image: 80’s Classical Leeds

Backing vocalists Bianca Claxton, Gavin Condor and Adetoun Anibi will also perform a selection of  crowd-pleasing 80s favourites like Journey’s Don’t Stop Believin’, Toto’s Africa and The Jacksons’ Can You Feel It,

“We have all so dearly missed live music and to be able to work once again with such iconic singers and the amazing Orchestra of Opera North in front a live audience is going to be such a magical feeling and provide a night full of pure joy, drama and excitement,” said Musical Director Steve Anderson, whose credits include Kylie Minogue, Emeli Sandé and Leona Lewis.

The event takes place at Millenium Square on 10 September, with doors from 6.30pm. Liverpool-based club and 80s event specialist DJs Sonic Yootha will be on the ones and twos from 6.45 pm to warm the crowd up, before main performances start at 8.15 pm.

Standing tickets start from £33 and can be purchased here.

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