Hacienda Classical 2018 Shows announced with new set

Hacienda Classical 2018 Shows announced with new set




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SATURDAY 19TH MAY 2018                   Braehead Arena, Glasgow

SATURDAY 30TH JUNE 2018                  Castlefield Bowl, Manchester

SATURDAY 18TH AUGUST 2018            Royal Highland Centre, Edinburgh

FRIDAY 28TH SEPT 2018                          Royal Albert Hall, London

SATURDAY 29TH SEPT 2018                   First Direct Arena, Leeds


TICKETS ON SALE 9AM FRIDAY 1ST DECEMBER 2017 HERE – gigst.rs/haciendac.


In the first run of dates to be announced for 2018, Hacienda Classical with Manchester Camerata, the city’s experimental orchestra, will be returning with a new set and soundtrack next year for shows that see the concert return to London, Manchester, Leeds and Glasgow with a debut appearance at the world famous Edinburgh Festival.


Next year’s events will feature the third new set of Hacienda Classical which is currently being prepared by DJ’s Graeme Park and Mike Pickering alongside executive producer Peter Hook musical director Tim Crooks. This version will once again see many new classic tracks added to the repertoire for the Hacienda Classical players and special guests.


The new soundtrack will be aired for the first time in Glasgow Saturday 19th May 2018 with a change of venue for  the city since the previous year’s concerts as it comes to the spacious Breaehead Arena. Following two fully sold out gigs in 2016 and 2017, we return for the homecoming show to Castlefield Arena, Manchester on Saturday 30th June whilst the first outing at the prestigious Edinburgh Festival sees us come to the Royal Highland Centre on Saturday 18th August 2018.


The final weekend in September sees a return to London’s Royal Albert Hall for the third visit following highly two acclaimed performances on Friday 28th September 2018 and the final date now unveiled has the show back at Leeds’ First Direct Arena Saturday 29th September 2018


Tickets for all dates go on sale Friday 1st December 9am at gigst.rs/haciendac.


Hacienda Classical which sees the clubs original DJ partnership, Graeme Park and Mike Pickering reinterpret seminal dance classics with the orchestra, conductor  Tim Crooks has received rave reviews since its first Bridgewater Hall concerts only 20 months ago. In less than two years since it has performed 25 concerts playing to audiences totalling around 150,000 in total.


The show has well outperformed any expectations and has seen an unrivalled atmosphere from the audiences attending the shows as well as from critics many of who have awarded the show five starts from the outset. Even at the very first Bridgewater Hall show, The Times gave it top marks declaring that “the atmosphere was incredible.”


Similar rave reviews followed from the first Royal Albert Hall visit as NME called it “Probably the best rave since 1997″ whilst Mixmag termed the event. a  near two hour blend of house music’s greatest players with an audience dancing and singing from the off.


Into 2017 for last year’s shows,  Yorkshire Evening Post commented on the Leeds’ debut of that set, as “sheer enjoyment for the head., heart and feet, this is a show that’s hard to beat.” Once again, the event received 5 star reviews during the run from The Independent – “It doesn’t get much better than this. A powerful, poignant performance.” – and the Manchester Evening News.


The Hacienda made Manchester the centre of the clubbing universe in its 80’s and 90’s heyday and surely what this night proves is that much of that success was down to the people inside it


Hacienda Classical’s biggest single audience to date came as it opened Glastonbury’s Festival’s Pyramid Stage in June this year and it has also headlined other festivals including The Big Feastival, Kew The Music, Lytham Festival and others.

As The Hacienda’s dance heritage has collided with the world of classical music, the concerts have been widely praised with great audience responses from the gigs and dates selling out in minute.


Now coming into its third year, these inspirational nights have recreated the tunes that defined a generation at the original club, renewed afresh and rearranged with a classical orchestra.


Interview Quotes

Graeme Park

How will 2018’s show be different and progress for the new version of the show?

We’re continually looking to improve the show and next year’s will be bigger and better. It has to be after the immesne success of this year’s show. We’ll probably keep some songs and and bring back some from 2016, but there will be lots of new songs, new guests and some surprises too.”

What have been the highlights so far for you and why?

Opening Glastonbury to over 50,000 people and singing Blue Monday at several shows were my main highlights, but absolutely every show this year has been truly amazing.”

The show appears to be growing, why do you think this is and do you continue to be surprised by the reactions of the crowds and critics?

The timeless and epic quality of the music is the main reason that everyone loves the show whilst the amazing musicians and singers on the stage make sure that the songs shine through.”


Tim Crooks Musical Director

How will 2018’s show be different and progress for the new version of the show?

“In 2018 we’re refining Hacienda Classical in pursuit of perfection, so will be keeping the very best bits of the last two shows and adding in some new orchestrations of much-loved classic tracks.”


What have been the highlights so far for you and why?

“The massive inflatable flashing balls that emerged at Castlefield bowl suddenly turned the arena into a beautiful sort of soggy adult soft play. Next thing I know I’m trying to stop them careering into the string section. If that’s not a highlight I don’t know what is.”

The show appears to be growing, why do you think this is and do you continue to be surprised by the reactions of the crowds and critics?

“Well in footballing terms we’ve got incredible talent on the stage and on the guest artist bench, so we’re getting better and better. And every crowd has come for a party, which is kind of what we’re specialising in here…!”


On Manchester Camerata

‘One of Europe’s best chamber orchestras’ Musika Magazine

Manchester Camerata is one of Europe’s best chamber orchestras, with a restless ambition to redefine what an orchestra can do. Renowned for dynamic performances and innovative collaborations, Camerata collaborates with a wide spectrum of artists, from classical legends such as Martha Argerich to iconic bands. Manchester Camerata’s pioneering work in the community uses music to promote positive change and personal social development across three specialist areas: young people in schools, health and wellbeing, and their youth programme.

www.manchestercamerata.co.uk @MancCamerata

On AMC Choir

The AMC Choir who perform at all the Haçienda Classical dates sing with a style that fuses House and Gospel music perfectly.


Matching natural, full-bodied, vocals to recreate the classic tracks which make up the Haçienda Classical set,  their voices resonate with the sounds of the DJ’s and The Camerata as their harmonies and considerable energy generate the atmosphere at the concerts.


Based in Manchester, AMC have performed together since the early 90s’ across many tours and special events and choir director Audrey Mattis, says of the involvement in the tour; “Singing these famous House tunes with the knowledge that Manchester and The Haçienda was at the heart of  creating the original sound is an inspirational feeling. With the cheering, and the dancing crowds, we really feel like we’re part of a historical moment. It’s uplifting to hear the  crowd singing along with us from the minute they hear the intros until the very last note.”


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