Strings Of Life? Hacienda Orchestra to open Glastonbury festival’s Pyramid stage

From the Guardian

Former Haçienda DJs who reinvent club classics with a full orchestra are charged with waking up festival goers in prestigious opening slot

Headed to Worthy Farm … Hacienda Classical at Royal Albert Hall in London. Photograph: Christie Goodwin/Redferns via Getty

Hacienda Classical with Manchester Camerata will open this year’s Pyramid stage at Glastonbury festival. The project, which reinvents club classics via a full orchestra, will have the task of waking up sleepy punters during the prestigious Friday morning slot.

The group, a brainchild of former Haçienda DJs Graeme Park and Mike Pickering, perform orchestral reworkings of tracks such as You Got the Love and Blue Monday and often plays with Madchester legends such as Bez and Peter Hook.

Front and centre … Glastonbury’s Pyramid stage. Photograph: Samir Hussein/Redferns via Getty Images

“We’re thrilled to be opening the Pyramid stage at Glastonbury!” said a message on Graeme Park’s website. The show follows a live album released earlier this year, and will be part of UK dates that run until September.

Last year, the Orchestra of Syrian Musicians with Damon Albarn and guests kicked off music on the Pyramid stage.

Meanwhile, Glastonbury has recently added Busted, Sophie Ellis-Bextor and Kiefer Sutherland to its lineup. This year’s festival, which takes place at Worthy Farm, Somerset, from 21-25 June, will be headlined by Radiohead, Foo Fighters and Ed Sheeran.

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