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4 Sep 2012

A global success story of the past three years, Staff Benda Bilili’s inspirational live shows and extraordinary story have dazzled audiences on record, stage and on the big screen.

A group of disabled street musicians who used to live and play around the grounds of the zoo in Kinshasa, DR Congo, they make life affirming music of astonishing power and beauty. Mesmerising rumba-rooted grooves are overlaid with vibrant vocals, sometimes evoking Cuban swing, at other times the soul of James Brown. Don’t miss them ahead of their headline appearance at the Royal Albert Hall.

‘Little short of astonishing….A triumph’
The Times                         

 ‘one of the most extraordinary albums of the year’
The Guardian on debut album Tres Tres Fort

‘Not only do they sound incredible, they exude an inscrutable cool ... In the crowd, jaws drop, as well they should in the presence of such an extraordinary band’
The Guardian *****

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Important Information

Please note the time listed on your ticket/webpage is the start time for the performance. Leeds Grand Theatre is open from 1 hour beforehand for ticket collection etc. and doors to the Howard Assembly Room itself open approximately 30 minutes beforehand. Where there is a support act, this will also be stated on the website/ticket. We recommend arriving at least 15 minutes before show time as latecomers will only be admitted during a suitable break in the performance.

The Howard Assembly Room is located inside Leeds Grand Theatre

Leeds Grand Theatre is situated on New Briggate in the heart of Leeds City Centre.

The theatre is easily accessible by public transport. It is approximately 10 minutes walk from the main bus station and 15 minutes walk from the train station with many buses stopping in the immediate vicinity. For the most up to date information on local bus and train times, please check WYMetro. There is also a taxi rank outside the theatre although we recommend booking a taxi in advance, particularly on a Friday or Saturday evening.

Parking is available at various nearby car parks, including Edward Street/Templar Street and the St John's and Merrion Centre shopping malls. A limited amount of on street parking is available near the theatre is free after 6pm but this does tend to fill up very quickly.


What you say

Comment from martin


martin said ago

Absolutely wonderful, inspirational. Amazing musicians. I just wish the chairs could be taken out for gigs like this!!

Comment from Flutelady


Flutelady said ago

It was an amazing gig. Can't believe we got to see Staff Benda Bilili in Leeds!

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Enjoy 20% off your bill at Sandinista (Cross Belgrave Street - New Briggate) on presentation of your Opera North ticket when placing their food order. To book a table call 0113 305 0372. Food is served till 10pm through the week with final orders at 9pm Friday and Saturday. Only valid on the day of the performance their ticket is for. Not to be used in conjunction with any other offer.