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Herrington to host Haçienda Classical

Sunderland’s Herrington Country Park will play host to Haçienda Classical, a one night tribute to acid house and rave hits, on 19 August.

Tracks by bands such as New order and Black Box will be performed by the 40-piece Manchester Camerata Orchestra with the backing of top UK DJs Mike Pickering and Graeme Park.

Around 5,000 people are predicted to attend the open-air concert, which has received rave reviews following shows in London Glasgow, Lancaster and Brighton as well as at the Last Night of the Proms.

The show will also feature the Manchester-based AMC Choir, singing in a style that combines House and Gospel Music. Choir director Audrey Mattis said: “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.”