Hacienda Classical Summer 2017 Dates Fully Announced – Kew Gardens / Lytham Festival / Liverpool Hope & Glory / Brighton Racecourse – Graeme Park Preview New Set






After the first few shows of 2016 we wished we’d got to the point more quickly. The DJ set I created built slowly, just like the best DJ sets do. However, we soon realised that this concert has a different energy. The expectation of the crowd at each show is so electric and infectious so this time we’ll be hitting everyone smack in the face, right between the eyes from the very start.”  Graeme Park



Following great critical acclaim and phenomenal demand FAC 51 The Haçienda and Manchester Camerata, the city’s experimental orchestra are bringing back Haçienda Classical in 2017 with a brand new soundtrack for the concerts for a run of new shows


With the first run of dates announced last year seeing the returns to Manchester’s Castlefield Bowl and London’s Royal Albert Hall fully sold out, in addition to concerts in Leeds, Glasgow and Newcastle, a further four dates can now be revealed as Hacienda Classical comes to Kew Gardens, Lytham Festival, Liverpool’s Hope & Glory Festival and Brighton Racecourse across July, August and September.


First up is Hacienda Classical at Kew The Music, only its third ever London concert at Kew Gardens as part of the long running music festival on Friday 14th July whilst the show comes to Lytham Festival on Thursday 3rd August, Liverpool’s Hope & Glory Festival on Sunday 6th August and Brighton Racecourse on Saturday 9th September.


Other previously dates for the new set include Leeds First Direct Arena on Friday 14th April, the SSE Hydro Glasgow on Saturday 24th April and Live From Times Square Newcastle on Friday 4th August.


The set list will be kept under wraps until the opening night but Graeme Park who has put together the soundtrack alongside Mike Pickering reveals that the tunes for the second year will mark a move forward for the club meets classical event


It would have been easy to keep most of last year’s set list, but as we dug deep into the rich seam of classic tunes that were big at The Haçienda it became clear that there are so many tracks that deserve the unique classical treatment. I also think that last year’s show was so successful and inspiring that we should move forward rather than resting on our laurels.”


For more quotes on the new set from Graeme see end of the release


The incredible show sees the DJ’s who shaped The Haçienda’s sound – Mike Pickering and Graeme Park – collaborate with the Camerata for a night of classic dance music,  innovatively adapted and arranged especially for the occasion.


As The Hacienda’s dance heritage collided with the world of classical music, the concerts have been widely praised with dates selling out in minutes and great audience responses from the gigs. For a list of reviews see below.


Moving into its second year, the tour returns to venues that hosted this year’s inspirational nights as well as new locations, recreating the seminal tracks that defined a generation at the original club, renewed afresh and rearranged for a classical orchestra.


With Hacienda Classical shows in 2016 fully at capacity, tickets for the 2017 shows are sure to be hugely in demand.


FRIDAY 14TH APRIL 2017                       Leeds First Direct Arena, Leeds

SATURDAY 22 APRIL 2017                     The SSE Hydro Arena, Glasgow 

FRIDAY 26 MAY 2017                               Royal Albert Hall, London (SOLD OUT)

SATURDAY 1 JULY 2017                         Castlefield Bowl, Manchester (SOLD OUT)

FRIDAY 14TH JULY 2017                         Kew The Music, Kew Gardens, London

THURSDAY 3RD AUGUST 2017             Lytham Festival, Lytham

FRIDAY 4TH AUGUST 2017                    Times Square, Newcastle

SUNDAY 6TH AUGUST 2017                   Hope & Glory Festival, Liverpool

SATURDAY 9TH SEPTEMBER 2017     Brighton Racecourse, Brighton


Tickets for all dates available from See Tickets – www.seetickets.com

Direct ticket link for all dates here – http://bit.ly/HaciendaClassical2017SeeTickets

About the new set, Graeme Park continued.


I think we’ve got the perfect match of big tunes with great vocals and more deeper early Chicago and Detroit tunes that all work together with many peaks and troughs throughout the set. I’m fully expecting the audiences to be singing along, cheering, dancing, clapping and smiling throughout like at last year’s concerts.”


There will be a couple of surprises in that we’ve included a couple of obscure Detroit techno and Chicago acid tracks. People might not necessarily know them but they will recognise them. There will be a couple of mash-ups in there too as well as alternative arrangements of massive tracks which I think work magnificently.”


Reaction To Hacienda Classical 2016


“A near two hour blend of house music’s greatest players with an audience dancing and singing from the off. Dazzling mirror-ball speckles are flung out over a crowd whose jubilant euphoria almost blows the roof off.” – Mixmag


“Probably the best rave since 1997. A night of soaring synth riffs, euphoric drops, massive tunes.” NME


“The atmosphere was incredible.” The Times – Five Stars



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.”