Ministry of Sound Is Hitting Riverstage 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.
Sarah Ward
Published on August 21, 2023

Plenty of different noises have echoed across Riverstage over the years, hailing from bands, festivals, Christmas carols, Matildas celebrations — complete with Nikki Webster singing 'Strawberry Kisses' to the champion football team — and more. The next sounds that the inner-city spot in the Brisbane City Botanic Gardens will hear: the Ministry of Sound, thanks to its huge dance music orchestra show.

When anyone hits 30, they tend to look backwards — to reminisce, lament leaving their twenties behind and avoid accepting that they've just hit a big milestone birthday. Ministry of Sound marked that occasion two years ago, and it's been getting nostalgic ever since. The brand that started as a London club night back in 1991 has been touring an orchestral gig around Australia for a couple of years now, in fact, that's filled with three decades of dance music bangers.

Returning to Brisbane for the second year running, this time in a new location, 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 would sound like played by an orchestra? On Saturday, October 14, you'll have the chance to find out.

On the bill: the Ministry of Sound Orchestra, of course, as well as Sneaky Sound System and The Potbelleez performing live, plus Mark Dynamix and DJ John Course.

Conductor Vanessa Perica will lead the musicians, while live vocals are also part of the show.

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 Classical tour will play Riverstage in the Brisbane City Botanic Gardens on Saturday, October 14. For further details and tickets, head to the tour website.

Published on August 21, 2023 by Sarah Ward
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