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3Arena, North Wall Quay, Dublin 1

Saturday 17th December- Doors 6:30pm

Tickets – €59.50 – €64.50 incl. booking  fee from Ticketmaster outlets nationwide

Arena Pre-Sale From 9am Weds 28th Sept

General Sale From 9am Fri 30th Sept

Under 16s must be accompanied by a parent or guardian


 “What do you get if you mix a load of iconic acid house bangers with an orchestra? Probably the best rave since 1997, that’s what… A night of soaring synth riffs, euphoric drops and massive tunes.” – NME

“A near two hour, 21 track blend of house music’s greatest players, complete with backing singers and an audience dancing and singing from the off. Dazzling mirror-ball speckles are flung out over a crowd whose jubilant euphoria almost blows the roof off.” – Mixmag

Following a string of dates across the UK, Haçienda Classical is to make its debut performance in the Ireland, bringing the critically acclaimed show to Dublin’s 3Arena the week before Christmas on Saturday, 17th December.

With a setlist full of dance music classics from the heyday of Manchester’s legendary Haçienda nightclub, these hit tracks have been reinterpreted by the club’s original DJs and will be performed alongside the Dublin’s own RTE Concert Orchestra, the AMC Gospel Choir and guests including New Order’s Peter Hook and Happy Mondays’ Rowetta with Graeme Park DJ’ing live during the concert.

The ground-breaking show marks the overseas performance of Haçienda Classical which since February has a run that has seen full houses across Manchester’s Bridgewater Hall, London’s Royal Albert Hall, Glasgow SEE Hydro Arena, Manchester’s Castlefield Arena and concerts in Lancaster, Brighton. Birmingham and the North East of England.

The music that defined dance music will be reinterpreted at the event by a full classical orchestra alongside the influential DJs and artists, as part of an innovative, live fusion event which includes Inner City, 808 State, New Order, The Brand New Heavies, A Guy Called Gerald and more.

This special Christmas show will be a one off extravaganza with the best production and design to make it a very special event for dance music and Madchester fans to experience the atmosphere of the Manchester club which came to shape a generation.

“Five thousand happy clubbers exulted in it, turning a recital into a rave.” – Telegraph

“When they played Ride On Time and the place went off!’ NME

“The atmosphere was incredible.” – The Times – Five Stars

Check out Rowetta’s stunning take on “You Got The Love” from the Royal Albert Hall – video here

In addition to the live show, FAC 51 The Haçienda and Sony Classical are also releasing a full Haçienda Classiçal album on 21 October.

The album is available to pre-order here  http://smarturl.it/HC_amz and sees the DJ’s spinning club classics in full harmony with a live orchestra alongside vocals from the AMC Gospel Choir and special guests including Rowetta, Yvonne Shelton and Peter Hook on vocals and bass on “‘Blue Monday’. This collection of seminal dance music and orchestral instrumentation has breathed new life into club anthems like ‘Voodoo Ray’, ‘Good Life’ and ‘Ride On Time’. This album has been executive produced by Peter Hook and producer Phil Murphy and the release will allow fans to enjoy the Haçienda Classiçal experience before they come to Dublin’s 3 Arena.

Joy Division and New Order’s Peter Hook, who is executive producing Haçienda Classical added “I’ve been astounded at the reaction to the Haçienda Classical concerts have been received so far. It has been one of the most challenging things I’ve done in my career and for it to have come a success and now to be bring it to Dublin is delightful.”

Anthony Long General Manager of The RTÉ Concert Orchestra says ” We are excited to be involved in this ambitious event, bringing dance floor tracks to life through the medium of the orchestra”

Graeme Park who has DJ’d many times in Ireland and has a great following here said “The Dublin Haçienda Classical show promises to be special end to a remarkable year. I’ve been performing in this wonderful city since the 1980s and always have an amazing time and have enjoyed the famous Irish hospitality to the full. I’m sure this time will be no exception and I’m immensely excited about performing with everyone at the magnificent 3 Arena. Look out Dublin… you’re in for an absolute treat as we take you on a unique journey through house music. Stand by to be amazed!”


About FAC 51 The Haçienda

Founded in the early ’80s by Factory Records, Tony Wilson, Rob Gretton and New Order, FAC 51Tthe Haçienda was the birthplace of the acid-house music revolution.Open for 15 years, the Haçienda was also widely acclaimed as the catalyst for the rise of Manchester music, both indie and dance music that took the UK, and then the world, by storm.

The club regularly featured live performances from Manchester bands such as New Order, The Stone Roses, Happy Mondays, Inspiral Carpets, James, The Smiths, The Fall, Oasis, and othersas well as non local bands including Echo and The Bunnymen, Culture Club, Thompson Twins, Tears for Fears and even Madonna made her UK live debut there.

The epicentre of Madchester and a cathedral to Acid House,  Newsweek Magazine dubbed it ‘the most famous club in the world.’ The 2002 film 24 Hour Party People celebrated the story of The Haçienda and numerous books have been written about its influence, including Peter Hook’s How Not To Run A Club.


Introducing orchestral music to new audiences since 1948, the RTÉ Concert Orchestra has built a strong connection with the public that saw it named the World’s Favourite Orchestra 2015, winning 25% of the vote in an international poll. The orchestra is committed to an eclectic range of programming across various genres, meaning that no two RTÉ CO audiences are ever the same. It is as likely to be found presenting the world premiere of Mise Éire with live performance of Ó Riada’s score in the presence of the President Michael D. Higgins (2016) as performing live with John Grant and Walking on Cars on RTÉ TV’s The Late Late Show (2016) as reaching tens of thousands of young people nationwide through the Music in the Classroom series over the past quarter-century.

On AMC Gospel Choir

The AMC Gospel Choir who perform at all the Haçienda Classical dates sing with a style that fuses House and Gospel music perfectly. Matching natural, full-bodied, vocals to recreate the classic tracks which make up the Haçienda Classical set,  their voices resonate with the sounds of the DJ’s and The Camerata as their harmonies and considerable energy generate the atmosphere at the concerts.

Based in Manchester, AMC have performed together since the early 90s’ across many tours and special events and choir director Audrey Mattis, says of the involvement in the tour; “Singing these famous House tunes with the knowledge that Manchester and The Haçienda was at the heart of  creating the original sound is an inspirational feeling. With the cheering, and the dancing crowds, we really feel like we’re part of a historical moment. It’s uplifting to hear the crowd singing along with us from the minute they hear the intros until the very last note.” www.amc-chorale.com

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