The Symphonic Sounds of Back to Basics

Words by: S Roberts
Posted: 16/6/17 0:41

If you can, cast your mind back to 1991, Leeds, UK. Times began changing in the music industry and two working-class chancers decided to throw acid house parties around West Yorkshire. This was the start of the global sensation that is Back to Basics.

It is since these early '90s parties, that Basics has paved a way for the music scene in the UK and arguably the world.

Initially inspired by the punk movement before later shapeshifting into acid house, their initial venues used to draw crowds of such size that bars began opening around the queues to entertain the ever growing fan base. Today we know these bars as party district Call Lane in Leeds.

Founders Dave Beer and Ali Cooke were some of the first people in the country to ignite the acid house movement and now the brand, which carried on in Ali's name after he tragically passed away, reaches its 25th anniversary.

The night is held in protective regard by A list DJs and politicians alike; Basics is and always will be known for its outrageous party policies, particularly that of head showman Dave Beer. Long-standing residents include Ralph Lawson, Andrew Weatherall, Denney and Tristan Da Cunha and new-school recruitments Aden Konrad and Josh Plews. 

Currently, Basics and their revered residents are finishing a documentary as part of their global 25th anniversary Celebrations. 'Tales of Glamour & Excess' is due for release next year.

Also part of their celebrations, is an 50 piece orchestral rendition of Basics classics with Leeds' own symphony orchestra, which takes place at the Millenium Square in their hometown.

This goes above and beyond our recommendations; be a part of history.


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