Hacienda club announces new Hacienda Classical concerts

Peter Hook and Pickering & Park team up with orchestra for more classical reworkings of rave anthems

The FAC 51 Hacienda club has announced another run of its ‘Hacienda Classical’ concerts featuring classical reworkings of rave anthems.

DJs who played at the famous Manchester club, including Mike Pickering and Graeme Park, will play with local orchestra Manchester Camerata for three shows from April to July next year.

The ‘Hacienda Classical’ concerts are overseen by Peter Hook, the former New Order bassist who ran the Hacienda with his ex-bandmates and now owns the rights to the Hacienda name.


Tickets for the shows in Manchester, London and Glasgow go on sale at 10am on Saturday (October 22).

The news coincides with the release of a ‘Hacienda Classical’ album tomorrow and Channel 4 screening a documentary about the first run of concerts. Hacienda House Orchestra is on at 12.05am tonight (October 20).

Songs covered at the concerts have included Armand Van Helden’s ‘You Don’t Know Me’, Rhythim Is Rhythim’s ‘Strings Of Life’ and A Guy Called Gerald’s ‘Voodoo Ray’.




Hook told NME of the concerts: “When we did the first show at Castlefield Bowl, the promoter told me afterwards: ‘You’ve just managed to hold an outdoor rave.’ I hadn’t thought of it like that, but that’s a perfect description. The idea is mad as a box of frogs, but it works.”

Hacienda Classical will play:

Glasgow SSE Hydro Arena (April 22)

London Royal Albert Hall (May 26)

Manchester Castlefield Bowl (July 1)



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