Manchester Camerata to open Glastonbury

Manchester Camerata’s Haçienda Classical show has been picked for the prestigious Friday opening slot at this year’s Glastonbury Festival main stage. Featuring legendary DJs Graeme Park and Mike Pickering, Haçienda Classical is a cross between an orchestral concert and a club night.

“Haçienda Classical has bound together amazing artists and audiences in a unique Mancunian musical story,” commented Manchester Camerata CEO Bob Riley. “The opportunity to play Glastonbury and open the Pyramid Stage is a massive honour and privilege for Manchester Camerata.”

First launched in 2016, Haçienda Classical sees Manchester Camerata reinterpreting club classics like New Order’s Blue Monday and Black Box’s Ride on Time. The project is produced by New Order and Joy Division bassist Peter Hook.

Said Hook: “After forty years in the music business I still count my three appearances at Glastonbury as the peaks of my career, to be back with Haçienda Classical in 2017 is another landmark moment and is dedicated to Tony Wilson and Rob Gretton to celebrate their contribution to British music and culture.”

In addition to the Glastonbury appearance, Manchester Camerata will take Haçienda Classical on tour across the UK this summer with dates in London (26 May and 14 July), Bristol (24 June), Manchester (1 July), Lytham (3 August), Newcastle (4 August), Liverpool (6 August) and Brighton (9 September).

Glastonbury runs from 21-25 June, with Radiohead, The XX and Chic among the headline acts.