Hacienda Classical with Manchester Camerata, the city’s experimental orchestra, is to return to where it’s incredible journey started out a little over two years ago for a very special celebratory concert at Manchester’s prestigious Bridgewater Hall on Thursday 27th September.

Going back to where it began, since those early concerts the much acclaimed Hacienda / orchestra hybrid has sold out the best venues across the UK as well as taking signature slots at the most high profile festivals including Isle Of Wight and Glastonbury.

Now well into its third year, with the set revised each year by DJ’s Graeme Park and Mike Pickering, conductor Tim Crooks and exec producer Peter Hook, the first live shows of this year have seen great reactions for 2018 new set as the show moves forwards and evolves.

The brand new soundtrack features many new additions of classic tunes to the Hacienda Classical repertoire but the Bridgewater Hall performance, itself the closest venue to the original club promises for a very exciting and exclusive evening.

About the night, Graeme Park commentated “I’m delighted to be returning to the Bridgewater Hall in Manchester where our epic Haçienda Classical journey began on a cold February night in 2016. What was supposed to be a one-off show is  now into its third year. We’ve learnt a lot and developed the show to make it bigger and better then ever, so its thrilling that we’re going back to where it all began and just a stone’s throw from the original site of The Hacienda. This will be something special indeed.”

Tickets for this limited capacity event go on sale next Friday 6th July 9AM at gigsandtours.com & the venue box office at bridgewaterhall.co.uk

About Hacienda Classical

All of this year’s events for Hacienda Classical will feature its third new set which has been prepared by DJ’s Graeme Park and Mike Pickering alongside executive producer Peter Hook musical director Tim Crooks.

Hacienda Classical  which sees the club’s original DJ partnership, Graeme Park and Mike Pickering reinterpret seminal dance classics with the orchestra and conductor  Tim Crooks has received rave reviews since its first Bridgewater Hall concerts a little over two years ago. It has since performed around 30 concerts playing to audiences totalling well over 300,000.

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 stars 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 last year and in 2017 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 minutes.

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.


Hacienda Classical  2018 – Full List Of Dates


            Sat 30th June             Castlefield Bowl, Manchester (SOLD OUT)

            Sun 22nd July            Liverpool International Music Festival

            Thurs 26th July         Kendal Calling, Penrith (SOLD OUT)

            Friday 11th Aug        KKL Luzern, Luzern, Switzerland

            Fri 17th Aug              Don Valley Bowl, Sheffield

            Sat 1st Sept                Chelmsford City Racecourse, Essex

            Sun 2nd Sept             Wrest Park, Bedfordshire

            Sat 18th Aug              Royal Highland Centre, Edinburgh

            Sat 1st Sept                Chelmsford City Racecourse, Essex

            Sun 2nd Sept             Wrest Park, Bedfordshire

            Thurs 27th Sept         Bridgewater Hall, Manchester

            Fri 28th Sept              Royal Albert Hall, London (SOLD OUT)

            Sat 29th Sept              First Direct Arena, Leeds 

            Fri  23rd Nov             Dubai Opera, Downtown Dubai

Feature image © Steven Sibbald