Haçienda Classical, now in its eighth year, brings arrangements of much-loved, era defining records within its wide repertoire of tracks.
The eight gig strong summer series will be featuring DJ Graeme Park, the Manchester Camerata orchestra and special guests as they announce one of their ‘busiest summers yet’ with a slate of eight live events from May to August 2023.
Musical director Tim Crooks leads the collective of artists and musicians on stage, performing well-known favourites and new versions of club classics, all mixed continuously into one non-stop set.
Speaking to I Love Manchester, Tim said: “This year’s shows promise to be special – with a distinctive new set and some exciting destinations on the Haçienda tour map, I can’t wait to get on stage with these wonderful musicians.
“We also revisit some favourite festivals and play the incredible Castlefield Bowl again… It’s going to be a belter!”
The summer run of shows highlights the considerable popularity that Haçienda Classical has achieved.
The opening night on Thursday, May 11th, will feature House Gospel Choir and K Klass performing live at Williamson Park, Lancaster, for the third appearance at Highest Point Festival.
On Saturday, July 8th, Haçienda Classical will return for its seventh appearance at Manchester’s Castlefield Bowl, joined by DJs Roger Sanchez, Todd Terry, and Peter Hook.
Peter Hook said he was absolutely thrilled to be participating as Haçienda Classical entered its eighth year.
He said: “I am so happy to be sitting here eight years after Haçienda Classical began and looking at the wonderful opportunities we have this year to carry on spreading the word!
“The Haçienda is about wonderful people, and getting them together to share wonderful music is the easiest thing in the world. I cannot thank Tony Wilson and Rob Gretton enough for their vision in bringing us all together. Long may it last.”
The event will be followed by a performance in the picturesque The Quarry Park Shrewsbury on Friday, July 14th.
Haçienda Classical will perform its second appearance at Kew Gardens London for Kew The Music on Saturday, July 15th, having sold out the festival in 2017.
The Jockey Club Live will join Hacienda Classical for its first racecourse appearance at Newmarket Racecourse on Saturday, July 28th.
Haçienda Classical will headline the opening night of Hardwick Festival on Friday, August 18th, followed by a show at “Live After Racing” at Doncaster Racecourse on Saturday, August 19th.
The final concert of this summer’s run comes on August Bank Holiday Weekend at Dreamland Margate on Saturday, August 26th, where Groove Armada will join for a DJ set.
Graeme Park, the live DJ and musical director of Hacienda Classical, said, “I’m really excited about the eighth year of our Haçienda Classical show, in which we will be performing in some amazing settings and incredible venues that will all really enhance the whole Haçienda Classical experience.
“Our previous shows have all had incredible responses, thanks to the wonderful crowds who have all immersed themselves in our unique interpretations of classic club tracks that always have everyone singing along and smiling into the night!”
For ticket links for all the upcoming dates, visit www.fac51-thehacienda.com.