2022 marks four decades since FAC51 The Hacienda first flung open its doors back in 1982, transforming the run-down Central Manchester yacht showroom into what has become one of the most iconic and influential nightclubs in history.
The Hac chronicled the emergence of indie to the mid 80’s and then redefined club culture as the scene adapted to the emerging dance music sounds of the UK and the US changing the cultural soundtrack.
Considered the UK’s cathedral of house music and then epicentre of the “Madchester” scene, The Hacienda continues to inspire generations new and old, producing world class events that remain true to the ethos and integrity that guided the original club.
Celebrating forty years of The Hacienda all across 2022, our first Hacienda Classical events to be announced include Hacienda Classical back at Castlefield Bowl Manchester Friday 8th July 2022 for what has now become our annual homecoming party, sold out year on year and now taking place for a record six times.
The full Castlefield line up sees Soul II Soul live with DJ’s Paulette, Peter Hook and Tom Wainwright.
Also a much awaited return to London’s Royal Albert Hall takes place on Friday 13th May 2022, our fifth at the prestigious venue having sold out our previous four visits.
The Royal Albert Hall show sees Hacienda Classical joined by K Klass live and DJ Paulette.
Tickets for both dates go sale Friday 19th November 2021 at 930AM here – http://gigst.rs/Hacienda
Both events see Graeme Park, Manchester Camerata orchestra, Musical Director Tim Crooks and guests take to the stage performing next year’s new set put together and produced for each year’s performances.
With all previous Hacienda Classicals at both venues fully selling out tickets are expected to be in high demand.
Taking in well known favourites and new versions of club classics all mixed continuously into one non-stop set, Hacienda Classical is now entering its seventh year and has performed to audiences nearing 750.000, with more reportedly tuning into our recent successful streams.
The collaboration between The Hacienda, Manchester Camerata, DJ Graeme Park and musical director, Tim Crooks has proved remarkably enduring, especially with the revisions and renewals made year on year to the set.
“It’s amazing for myself and Hacienda Classical to be back at Castlefield Bowl for our sixth show and also our fifth appearance at Royal Albert Hall. It’s astonishing what we’ve all achieved since 2016 and I’m really proud of everyone who’s taken part. To see it going from strength to strength makes all us very proud.” Graeme Park
About Hacienda Classical
Hacienda Classical has well outperformed any expectations at the outset and has seen tremendous reactions from audiences and critics many of who have awarded the show five stars, even at the very first Bridgewater Hall show, The Times gave it top marks declaring that “theatmosphere was incredible.”
Similar rave reviews followed from the first Royal Albert Hall visit 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’s Festival’s Pyramid Stage in June 2017 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 Manchester’s Castlefield Bowl selling out on multiple occasions.