Kick off your Glasto with a classic
The opening act on the Pyramid Stage for Glastonbury 2017 has been revealed – with Hacienda Classical with Manchester Camerata announced to be kicking off the festival.
The initiative was put together by former Graeme Park and Mike Pickering – who used to DJ at the legendary Manchester club, The Hacienda. Backed by an orchestra and often joined by special guests including Bez from The Happy Mondays and former New Order bassist Peter Hook, they have gone on several high profile tours to perform a live mix of club music and classical – reinventing the likes of ‘Blue Monday’, Inner City’s ‘Good Life’, Black Box’s ‘Ride On Time’ and Candi Staton’s ‘You Got The Love’.
Now, the listings section of Graeme Park’s website shows that Hacienda Classical with Manchester Camerata will be at Worthy Farm on Friday 23 June, announcing “we’re thrilled to be opening the Pyramid Stage at Glastonbury! Oh yes!”
Speaking of the upcoming shows, Park said: “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.”
Earlier this year, Hacienda Classical released a live album featuring Peter Hook and the Manchester Camerata. Their upcoming tour dates are below.
FRIDAY 14 APRIL – Leeds First Direct Arena, Leeds
SATURDAY 22 APRIL – The SSE Hydro Arena, Glasgow
FRIDAY 26 MAY – Royal Albert Hall, London
SATURDAY 1 JULY – Castlefield Bowl, Manchester
FRIDAY 14TH JULY – Kew The Music, Kew Gardens, London
THURSDAY 3RD AUGUST – Lytham Festival, Lytham
FRIDAY 4TH AUGUST – Times Square, Newcastle
SUNDAY 6TH AUGUST – Hope & Glory Festival, Liverpool
SATURDAY 9TH SEPTEMBER – Brighton Racecourse, Brighton
Haçienda Classiçal, an album by Graeme Park, Mike Pickering on Spotify
This weekend saw the last round of re-sale tickets for Glastonbury 2017 sell out in just 20 minutes. Last week saw the likes of Busted, Sophie Ellis Bextor and Keifer Sutherland added to the line-up as the bill for the Field Of Avalon was revealed. Just as Emily Eavis promised, each individual area and stage of Glastonbury started to share its individual line-up, unveiling additional names that weren’t on the initial line-up.
Emily Eavis also told NME that there would several ‘secret sets’ to celebrate the 10th anniversary of the Park Stage at Glastonbury 2017, as well as teasing more ‘surprises’ coming on the line-up and when to expect the next announcements.
Glastonbury will be headlined by Radiohead, Foo Fighters and Ed Sheeran alongside the likes of Royal Blood, The National, Katy Perry, Boy Better Know and many more. The festival takes place at Worthy Farm in Somerset from 21 – 25 June.