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Ministry of Sound Is Hitting Spark Arena with a Massive Orchestra Show Filled with Dance Music

Hear classical renditions of Basement Jaxx, Darude, Röyksopp, Underworld, Moby and more — played by an orchestra, and with live vocals.
By Sarah Ward
July 28, 2023
By Sarah Ward
July 28, 2023

Plenty of different noises have echoed across Spark Arena over the years, given everything that the venue has ever hosted. Some of the next sounds that the site will hear: the Ministry of Sound, actually, thanks to its huge dance music orchestra show.

Back in 2021, Ministry of Sound hit 30, and it's been throwing parties Down Under for the last couple of years to celebrate. It mightn't be officially marking a milestone in 2023, but the brand that started as a London club night back in 1991 has been busting out its classical tour again — aka an orchestral gig that's filled with decades of dance music bangers — and it's nowbringing it to Auckland this spring.

Taking place from 7–11pm on Saturday, October 7, Ministry of Sound Classical is the answer to a question you didn't know you had. Ever wondered what classical renditions of Basement Jaxx, Darude, Röyksopp, Robin, Underworld, Moby, Fisher and more — played by an orchestra, and with live vocals — would sound like? This is your chance to find out.

On the bill: the Ministry of Sound Orchestra, of course, accompanied by DJ Groove Terminator. Lady Lyric, Nat Conway, Luke Antony, Reigan and Rudy are on guest-vocalist duties, while The Potbelleez DJs and Sin will pop up in support. Hosting? That'd be General Lee.

As for what you'll be listening to, the list of tunes getting the orchestral treatment also spans songs by Robert Miles, Cafe del Mar, Shapeshifter and Temper Trap.

And yes, it all sounds a lot like Synthony, which does the same thing — but who doesn't love getting multiple opportunities to hear dance-floor fillers given a classical spin?


The Ministry of Sound Orchestra with DJ Groove Terminator
Lady Lyric
Nat Conway
Luke Antony
The Potbelleez DJs
General Lee

Ministry of Sound Classical will hit Spark Arena, Auckland, on Saturday, October 7. For ticket pre-sales from 8am on Wednesday, August 2 and general sales from 8am on Friday, August 4, head to the tour website.

Published on July 28, 2023 by Sarah Ward
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