Whoever says you can’t like classical music as much as you like acid house is a liar. And to those liars I say, check this one out. One of the North East’s leading open-air concert venues is gearing up to follow in the footsteps of the Royal Albert Hall.
Herrington Country Park in Sunderland will play host to Haçienda Classical – a very special, one night only tribute to classic acid house and rave hits, performed by a 40-piece chamber orchestra with the backing of two of the UK’s top DJs.
Around 5000 people are expected to attend the event, on Friday August 19, which boasts a set list full of dance music classics from the heyday of Manchester’s legendary Haçienda nightclub.
Classic tracks by New Order, Inner City, Black Box and Marshall Jefferson have been reinterpreted by the club’s original DJs, Mike Pickering and Graeme Park. They will be performed alongside the Manchester Camerata Orchestra, who have been called “one of Europe’s best chamber orchestras.”
Also on stage will be the AMC Choir, New Order’s Peter Hook (above) and X Factor star and Happy Mondays’ singer, Rowetta (below)
(Photo credit: Al De Perez)
A special, three- tiered concert stage, with a performing area of 48ft by 40 ft, is to be erected by organisers, who are also laying on festival-style food and drink.
A previous Hacienda Classical concert (above)
“As a venue, it’s got numerous practical advantages such as plentiful parking and superb access to the region’s two leading roads; the A19 and the A1,” said Karen Makepeace, in-house promoter for Northern Sessions, which is bringing the event to the North East.
“Plus the venue is perfect for an outdoor concert like this. We can’t wait to bring Haçienda Classical to Herrington.”
General admission tickets are £35 and VIP packages, for £100, include on-site car parking, entry to a VIP enclosure with outdoor deckchair viewing area, arrival drink, access to pay bar facilities, VIP toilets and a barbecue buffet.