80s Classical Returns To Leeds Millennium Square in 2022
Kim Wilde, Belinda Carlisle, Johnny Hates Jazz, Hue and Cry and voice of Five Star Denise Pearson have been announced as guest artists for the third edition of 80s Classical in Millennium Square, Leeds on Friday 22 July 2022. And the 80s icons will be joined by Orchestra of Opera North for a trip back to pop’s greatest decade. And they’ll be taking their chart-topping hits up a gear with the expanded power and colour of the 60-piece ensemble.
80s Classical debuted in Leeds in 2019, bringing a roster of pop legends together with the symphonic might of Opera North’s musicians. Summer 2022’s show brings Kim Wilde, to the Millennium Square stage for the first time. She’s known for ‘Kids in America’ and billboard topping ‘You Keep Me Hangin’ On’. And Kim has notched up over 10 million album and 20 million single sales worldwide. “Leeds is always such a great, welcoming place to visit and to play. And I’m absolutely thrilled to be able to perform some of my best-loved songs in front of a 60-piece symphony orchestra”, she says.
American superstar Belinda Carlisle is returning to the bill for next summer’s show. Looking forward to brand-new symphonic makeovers for songs including Heaven is a Place on Earth and Leave a Light On, Belinda said: “It was heart-breaking for me when the event couldn’t go ahead last summer” said Belinda. “I am so excited to be involved in such a unique and exciting concert, and I can’t wait to reconnect with all of my UK fans at what’s going to be a truly special occasion”.
Soulful sophisticates Johnny Hates Jazz will return for their second appearance after performing at the inaugural date in 2019. They’ll be reprising their hit records including ‘Shattered Dreams’ and ‘I Don’t Wanna Be A Hero’.
There’s more blue-chip, blue-eyed soul in shape of Scottish duo Hue and Cry. A new addition to the 80s Classical family, they’ll be performing ‘Labour of Love’ and ‘Looking for Linda’. And voice of Five Star Denise Pearson also joins in 2022. Five Star were noted for pop hits that included ‘System Addict’ and ‘Rain or Shine’.
The creative team behind 80s Classical is renowned composer and arranger Cliff Masterson and Musical Director Steve Anderson. Their credits include Kylie Minogue, Steps, Westlife, Emeli Sandé and Leona Lewis. “We’re absolutely thrilled to be coming back to our second home in Millennium Square with a new all-star line-up for this third instalment of 80s Classical,” says Cliff. Steve adds, “It is so exciting for us to bring Kim, Belinda, Hue & Cry and Denise together with the amazing Orchestra of Opera North for the first time. With such an amazing array of talent, the audience are in for a real treat next year”.
Tickets are priced at £38.50 general admission or £35 for groups of 5+ standing. Limited seats are available for £44. You can buy tickets now at www.millsqleeds.com or from the City Centre Box Office in The Carriageworks Theatre. A special early bird discount of 10% will be applied when using promo code 80sXMAS21 before the end of 2021.
Images: Elspeth Moore and Steve Crabtree