Music Live

29 November 2023

We are delighted to announce that Hacienda Classical, the widely acclaimed live orchestral clubbing series featuring DJ Graeme Park and Manchester Camerata Orchestra comes to Newcastle Racecourse ‘Live After Racing’ on Saturday 29th June 2024. 

With a live DJ soundtrack from Graeme Park allied to the full orchestra, additional musicians, vocalists and special guests in a fully live experience, Hacienda Classical brings arrangements of much loved, defining records within its wide repertoire of tracks. Hacienda Classical sees musical director Tim Crooks lead the collective of artists and musicians on stage in performing well known favourites and new versions of club classics all mixed continuously into one non-stop set. 

First performed in 2016, since the show first debuted, the collaboration has proved remarkably enduring. Hacienda Classical has well outperformed any expectations since the outset and has seen tremendous reactions from audiences and critics many of who have awarded the show top marks. Even at the very first Bridgewater Hall show, The Times gave it the full five stars declaring that "the atmosphere was incredible." Similar rave reviews followed from the Royal Albert Hall 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." 

Hacienda Classical has continued to receive 5-star reviews from the like of The Independent - "It doesn't get much better than this. A powerful, poignant performance." - and its hometown paper, 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 Festival's Pyramid Stage and other festival appearances including Isle Of Wight, Kendal Calling The Big Feastival, Kew The Music, Lytham Festival as well as individual concerts at London’s Royal Albert Hall and its annual homecoming at Manchester’s Castlefield Bowl with its seventh concert which took place in July 2023. 

Executive Director of Newcastle Racecourse, Paul Elliott, commented, “This year’s Northumberland Plate Festival is shaping up to be one to remember. After announcing Madness to perform on the Friday night after racing, we’re really excited to welcome Hacienda Classical to close out the final day of our much-loved Plate Festival. After, what’s sure to be a fantastic afternoon of quality horseracing, Hacienda Classical will be performing some huge and iconic anthems to sign off the 2024 Northumberland Plate Day in style.”

Hacienda Classical promises a superb night of entertainment performing the very best club classics from the legendary Manchester club that defined dance music culture in the UK and across the world. Don’t miss your chance to see them perform live after racing on Saturday 29th June. Pre-sale tickets (via O2) will be available from Wednesday 29th November @ 10.00am / General on-sale tickets from Friday 1st December @ 10.00am and Racecourse on-sale tickets available from Friday 15th December @ 10.00am. 

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