Orchestral rave concert heading to Sunderland


Hacienda Classical/by Sorted PR.
Hacienda Classical/by Sorted PR.

A concert of acid house hits played by a full orchestra – with a DJ mix thrown in – is making its way to Sunderland.

On August 19, the city’s Herrington Country Park will play host to Hacienda Classical – a one night only tribute to dance music classics from the heyday of Manchester’s legendary Hacienda nightclub.

Tracks by bands such as New Order, Black Box and Marshall Jefferson, have been reinterpreted by the club’s original DJs, Mike Pickering and Graeme Park and will be played alongside the Manchester Camerata Orchestra, with performances from the AMC Choir, New Order’s Peter Hook and Happy Mondays’ Rowetta.

Karen Makepeace, in-house promotor for the event organiser Northern Sessions, said: “Hacienda Classical has been possibly the biggest concert hit of the year in the UK and we aim to make its visit to Herrington a night to remember.”

Tickets are selling fast for the show, which has already appeared in Manchester, Glasgow, Lancaster, Brighton, Birmingham and London’s Royal Albert Hall.

Northern Sessions has created two ticket packages, each of which includes festival-style hospitality, with catering provided by Ramside Event Catering, a division of Ramside Hall Hotel, in County Durham.


General admission tickets include access to a gin palace, Prosecco bar, Mojito Tent and traditional bar, a coffee bar and food stations serving hog roast, noodles, crispy chicken and duck wraps and gourmet burgers.

VIP guests will be able to relax in the hospitality marquee with a secure enclosure and a dedicated food and bar service.

Access to VIP toilets and deck chair seating will also be available and tickets include a drink on arrival and a selection of gin cocktails in conjunction with County Durham gin brand, Poetic License.

There will also be a grazing buffet.

Tickets cost £35 for general admission and £100 for VIP and are available from Ticketline or by calling 0844 8889991.

Further information is available here.

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