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Ministry of Sound Is Hitting Entertainment Quarter 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
January 31, 2023
By Sarah Ward
January 31, 2023

Plenty of different noises have echoed across Sydney's Entertainment Quarter over the years, given everything that the precinct has ever hosted. The next sounds that the venue's showring will hear: the Ministry of Sound, thanks to its huge dance music orchestra show.

Back in 2021, Ministry of Sound hit 30, and then marked that occasion in 2022 with a three-day warehouse party in The Rocks for Vivid. It mightn't be celebrating a milestone in 2023, but the brand that started as a London club night back in 1991 is busting out its classical tour — aka an orchestral gig that's filled with decades of dance music bangers — and bringing it to the Harbour City in March.

Taking place from 2.30–10pm on Saturday, March 18, 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, as well as Sneaky Sound System, Tommy Trash, The Potbelleez DJs,
Freestylers and K.I.M from The Presets. Other DJs and performers set to do their thing include Vision Four 5, U-GO-B, Kid Kenobi, Minx and Jaime Doom from Bang Gang Deejays.

Conductor Vanessa Perica will lead the musicians, while live vocals will hail from Sneaky Sound System's Miss Connie, plus Lady Lyric, Karina Chavez, Rudy, Nat Conway and Solomon Pitt. 

There'll also be multiple places to grab a bite, a beer garden and a gin bar.

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 Goodwill
Miss Connie
Lady Lyric
Karina Chavez
Nat Conway
Solomon Pitt
Sneaky Sound System (LIVE)
Tommy Trash
The Potbelleez DJs
K.I.M (The Presets)
Vision Four 5
Kid Kenobi
Jaime Doom (Bang Gang Deejays)
Mark Dynamix
Ming D
John Ferris
Lorna Clarkson
Nick Law
Trent Rackus
Stacie Fields

The Ministry of Sound Classical tour will hit The Entertainment Quarter, Sydney, on Saturday, March 18. For tickets from 8am on Tuesday, January 31, head to the tour website.

Published on January 31, 2023 by Sarah Ward
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