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Hacienda at Bridgewater Hall and Albert Hall

Manchester gets 3 events in February

The Hacienda normally host a party or two every year in Manchester but this winter they are presenting three events in one month, two of which are original and innovative experiments in culture crossover that seem to have already captured the public's attention. We never would have believed that combining classical music with club classics would have appealed to such a large audience, but the Hacienda's party planners have somehow created a new niche.

The two Hacienda Classical events for February sold out in minutes when tickets were released. Thousands of people are going to these events. With no actual dancefloor. It was Hacienda DJs Graeme Park and Mike Pickering who thought about how it would sound if they were to blend some of their favourite tracks with a live orchestra. Manchester Camerata are to provide the strings over the more technical and electronic sounds that the veteran DJs will provide. It's said that they will play 20 tracks on the night in this way.

The first classical event takes place this Friday the 5th, while a sequel then occurs on Friday 12th. As mentioned, both are sold out, but there are a few tickets left for the Albert Hall gig on the 12th. "Wait", you might think, "it's on the 12th along with the second classical event?" Yup. Our first thoughts were whether people would feel conflicted. Go to the Bridgewater, or the Albert? Can people afford to hit both in one night? Folks would be looking at potentially a £70 outlay to make it to both events, without VIP, but it is possible as far as the timings go. The Bridgewater finishes at 11:00pm, meaning they miss only one hour of the Albert Hall club night. The two venues are just a 10 minute walk apart. We're thinking that the Hac devotees will treat the Bridgewater as 'part one' before they head over to the Albert to continue. A civilised evening to begin with, a little wilder as it gets later into the night.

So given that your only ticket option is for the Albert Hall, what can you expect? We've mentioned on every previous Hacienda article we've written that they seem to excel themselves every time with a new line-up. The roster reaches new levels of AAA rated super-stardom. There's no beating the previous double whammy of Danny Tenaglia and Francois K, right? Well the forthcoming party boasts guest DJs as legendary and pivotal to house music as those mentioned. David Morales and Kenny 'Dope' Gonzalez are in town. Last time we heard Morales play in Manchester, that was also at a Hacienda event but it was held within The Warehouse Project, on the other side of the city in its usual location under Piccadilly station.

Anticipating the classical event, Graeme Park said: "I'm extremely excited to be working alongside FAC51 The Haçienda, Mike Pickering and Manchester Camerata to present a selection of classic Haçienda tunes performed live by an orchestra in Manchester, the undisputed home of the UK acid house revolution. When I play a classic piece of late 80s or early 90s house I'm struck at how much more melody and musicality there is compared to many of today's big dance tunes. There's lots of layers and depth for an orchestra to get involved in. The passion, romance and energy of the original house masters has stood the test of time and I think we're going to blow some minds and take the euphoria of Nude nights at The Haçienda to a whole new mind blowing level. I really can't wait."

DJ profile: Kenny Dope - released his first album aged 18 in 1988, became one half of Masters At Work with Louie Vega in 1990. They are also known as Nuyorican Soul, having used that alias since 1993 when they are credited with creating broken beat as a music genre. Also known for his hip-hop work and for collaborations with vocalist Raheem De Vaughn.

As the Bridgewater Hall events are completely sold out, below you'll find the itinerary for just the Albert Hall gig, which has a few tickets left as we publish.

  • Details:
  • Friday 12th February
  • The Hacienda @ the Albert Hall
  • David Morales
  • Kenny Dope
  • Graeme Park
  • Mike Pickering
  • Herbie Saccani
  • 10.00pm – 4.00am (last entry 12.30am)

  • £22.50 advance + bf

Tickets are on sale at the Hacienda ticket page on Skiddle. They're down to the second release and there are not many left!

Words: Justin Richards


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