MUST DO: Haçienda Classical at Kenwood House

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A rave-up in the grounds of Hampstead Heath’s lovely stately home. Yaaaas!


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So, this is exciting. We first saw Hacienda Classical perform at the Royal Albert Hall back in 2016 – and it was the kind of night where we didn’t want to go to the loo for fear of missing a massive 90s tune.

The highlight? Candi Staton’s You’ve Got The Love – goosebump-inducing, that’s for sure. Other stonkers included Inner City’s Good Life, Black Box’s Ride on Time and Joe Smooth’s Promised Land. Basically, belter after belter.

No wonder we can’t wait to see what they’ve got in store for 2018. The collective have been working on new tracks to add to their repertoire, and with that, they’ve got a date lined up at Kenwood this June; it’ll be the first year the venue’s hosted a concert since 2013.

Once again the performance will feature Manchester Camerata, a 70-piece orchestra, who have collaborated with 90s DJs Mike Pickering and Graeme Park, the brains behind the event.

Expect a rapturous celebration for the legendary superclub: imagine the violinists bashing out Rhythim Is Rhythim’s Strings of Life. Is anyone else humming it in their head?

There’ll be a set from Orbital to warm the crowd up a bit first. Oh, and if raving’s not your thing, other acts playing over the summer include Kris Kristofferson, Rufus Wainwright and The Royal Philharmonic.

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Friday 15th Jun, the Heritage Live Concert Series at Kenwood House, Hampstead Lane Highgate NW3 Tickets: english-heritage.org.uk

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