On a Friday in August, last year, Classic Ibiza ensured that one of Norfolk’s best-known beauty spots rivalled the White Island for heat and party anthems when DJ Goldierocks and the Urban Soul Orchestra (USO) brought some of the biggest dance tracks from the last 20 years to life.
The music started with a chilled set and, as the sun went down, the vocalists and USO’s dynamic musicians ramped things up as the evening exploded into festive-club mode with accompanying lasers and the crowd sang along and bounced in appreciation. The inaugural event was declared a smash hit by organisers and thousands of revellers from across the region clamoured for its return.
Well the date has now been set, so keep Friday 11th August 2017 free and sign up early if you don’t want to miss the fun next year! There are a limited number of early bird tickets available NOW at a reduced price of £30 (£35 thereafter).
It will be the summer’s coolest classical dance party says Lisa Ward of Revival Productions: “There’s something really special about the combination of a beautiful National Trust setting and a set that gets absolutely everyone on their feet dancing and singing to some of the biggest club tunes of the last two decades. The crowd were fantastic this year and the performers had a great time too! They cannot wait to return in 2017.”
Classic Ibiza 2017 will be very much along the same lines with the best Ibiza anthems being brought to life by the uber-cool Urban Soul Orchestra, with international DJ Goldierocks mixing an exclusive, crowd-pleasing set. The orchestra will be fronted again by super-talented vocalists who excelled at getting the crowd going, with one change from last year, bringing in Roo Savill who was unable to perform this year as she was on tour. “These guys are at the top of their game and we’re delighted to have them all on board again for 2017. “
At 8pm on Friday 11 August, the Urban Soul Orchestra will start the evening with a fabulous ‘chill-out’ set featuring some of the best iconic Ibiza tracks including, Les Nuits – Nightmare on Wax, Massive Attack’s ‘Teardrop’ (medley), Groove Armada’s ‘At the River’ and William Orbit’s version of Barber’s Adagio for Strings.
During the interval, Goldierocks will take over the stage and fill the Blickling evening air with her creative mix of top Ibiza tunes. Her reputation as an international DJ and broadcaster has seen her establish a celebrity following which includes Madonna, Richard Branson and Jade Jagger, having performed exclusively for them all.
As the sun goes down, the Urban Soul Orchestra return with vocalists that ooze talent and charisma, Jina Burrows, Roo Savill and Maxamillion Barnes-Davy, will bring their own flavour of Ibiza as they join Goldierocks on stage for the second half of the concert; this is when the party really starts.
There will be 5 new tracks in the 2017 playlist and concert-goers will have the opportunity to choose two of them by selecting their favourites from a list of 10 iconic tunes to be revealed later. The programme will once again create a club-atmosphere with a fantastic laser-show cutting through the night sky in sync with the music.
Tracks will take the audience on a white island journey through hugely popular club anthems including Fat Boy Slim’s ‘Right Here, Right Now’; Faithless “Insomnia”, Chase and Status “Blind Faith”, Underworld “Born Slippy” and Swedish House Mafia “Don’t You Worry Child”. Lisa said: “Next year, the crowd will know what to expect so we’re even more excited, we have never received such phenomenal feedback from any event before. In fact, it was such a success that we are taking it to other venues around the country next year – it’s clearly a formula that works.”
So, sign up for your early bird tickets now for an unforgettable party under the stars. The concert is expected to sell-out and you really wouldn’t want to miss it! Gates will open at 6pm and you can bring your own picnic (or order a Carluccio’s special), or buy at one of the top food outlets onsite; car-parking is FREE (both for coaches and cars).
A limited number of early bird tickets are available NOW at a reduced price of £30 (£35 thereafter). For full event details and tickets visit www.classicibiza.co.uk or call the event box office on 01630 674342.
Classic Ibiza is the first of two major music events being staged at the National Trust venue that weekend. “The Great British Prom” will also be returning (previously known as Last Night of the Blickling Proms) and has become a firm favourite in the county calendar, details to be released shortly.
Revival Productions is led by Lisa Ward and Katharine Brindley, long-standing friends and business associates. They have considerable experience of putting on classical music events at stately homes up and down the country. Revival Productions’ first open-air classical concert, “Last Night of the Blickling Proms,” was held in August 2012 and has continued annually since, attracting crowds of over 5,000 each year. In August 2016 they held “Classic Ibiza”, also at Blickling Hall in Norfolk, with Urban Soul Orchestra and Goldierocks. Due to the success of the concerts, in 2017 “The Great British Prom” and “Classic Ibiza” www.classicibiza.co.uk are also being rolled out to Bolesworth Castle in Cheshire, Bowood House in Wiltshire and Knebworth House in Hertfordshire.
Urban Soul Orchestra (USO) is a contemporary and versatile string ensemble with a unique twist, incorporating percussion, bass, drums, DJ and vocals. They have worked for 20 years at the top of the UK music industry, specialising in recording sessions for top artists, major corporate events and exclusive private parties. Founded by violinist, conductor, orchestrator and arranger Stephen Hussey, they were invited by Oasis to perform at their second album launch for (What’s The Story) Morning Glory? They were then asked to do the same for Mariah Carey’s Christmas party; ever since then they have been delighting audiences internationally.
Goldierocks (AKA Sam Hall) has played exclusive sets for Madonna, Giorgio Armani, Richard Branson and Jade Jagger. Her weekly global radio show ‘The Selector’ goes out to 44 countries and with 4.3 million dedicated weekly listeners, she was named by the The Evening Standard as “the most influential woman in Pop”. 2016 saw Sam become the ‘face of dance music’ for Capital FM presenting The Capital Weekender with Ministry of Sound, she also launched her own weekly independent, specialist mix show ‘Firefly Mix Series’ on Pioneer DJ Radio and became the new co-host for Bestival FM.