Hacienda Classical
Hacienda Classical The Classical Rave
Release date
12th Nov 2016
Running time
1hr 35mins

Hacienda Classical The Classical Rave

15 cinema age rating  

This brand-new extended documentary charts the journey of the legendary Haçienda club's move into the classical genre and is at Vue Nationwide* for one night only, Saturday 12th November.

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Filmed over the past year, it shows the spectacular results of putting Haçienda stalwarts, Peter Hook, Mike Pickering, Graeme Park, Rowetta and many more together with the innovative Manchester Camerata orchestra for a series of ‘Hacienda Classical’ live events and subsequent recording. 

This eagerly-anticipated documentary, produced by Carm Music and directed by Chris Cowey, ties in with the October release by FAC51 The Haçienda and Sony Classical of ‘Haçienda Classiçal’, a full album version of the live show that followed the huge success of a series of national live events held during the earlier part of the year.    

Follow the first rehearsals, initial Bridgewater Hall concerts and the triumphant Royal Albert Hall show, as well as the recording of the album and the return to Manchester for the Castlefield Arena event in July.  Enjoy rare, behind-the-scenes footage and interviews with the key artists, and brand-new, never-before-seen footage of the lively Q & A with Peter Hook, Mike Pickering, Graeme Park and music director, Tim Crooks, hosted by Bill Brewster at the recent world premiere screening of the documentary.

The film reflects the happy collision of seminal dance music and orchestral instrumentation that breathes new life into club anthems such as ‘Blue Monday’, ‘Voodoo Ray’, ‘Good Life’ and ‘Ride On Time’. Other tracks featured in the live set and on the album include ‘Strings of Life’, ‘Move Your Body’ and Rowetta's stunning new take on ‘You Got The Love’.

Peter Hook, Executive Producer, said: "This is one of the most challenging journeys I’ve ever undertaken in my musical career, both the live shows and putting the album together. But now looking back and listening to the recording, all the hard work has paid off."

Tim Crooks, Musical Director, commented: "Manchester has amazing musicians, DJs, producers and orchestras but they rarely collaborate. It’s rare that you get to do a project that celebrates this diversity."

This film contains a sequence of flashing lights which might affect customers who are susceptible to photosensitive epilepsy.


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