808 State added to Hacienda Classical bill in Sunderland

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One of the UK's top electronic artists is set to light up Herrington Country Park

808 State, which was at the forefront of acid house music throughout the 80s and 90s, will perform with the critically-acclaimed Haçienda Classical, at Herrington Country Park, on August 19.

The band – consisting of original members Graham Massey and Andrew Barker – has performed countless sell-out gigs and festivals and collaborated with artists such as Quincy Jones and David Bowie.

They will take to the stage in support of the main Hacienda Classical event; a 90-minute continuous set of songs by artists such as New Order, Inner City, Black Box and Marshall Jefferson, all re-mixed and performed by a 40-piece orchestra.

The ground-breaking show is being staged by Northern Sessions – Sunderland Live’s in-house music promoter – after playing to full houses across Manchester, London, Glasgow, Lancaster, and Brighton.

It takes its name from the legendary Manchester nightclub, the Haçienda and, following 808 State’s performance, the club’s original DJs, Mike Pickering and Graeme Park, will be joined on stage by the renowned Manchester Camerata Orchestra, the AMC Choir and guests, including New Order's Peter Hook and Happy Mondays' Rowetta.

“We’re delighted to have secured 808 State for Haçienda Classical,” said Karen Makepeace, in-house promoter for Northern Sessions.

“Anyone who loves acid house, rave and electronica will be well aware of their massive contribution to the genres and they’ll be a great addition to what is going to be, without a doubt, a fantastic event.

“Haçienda Classical has received rave reviews at sell-out performances across the UK so it’s a real coup for Sunderland Live to be bringing it to Herrington Country Park.”

General admission tickets for Haçienda Classical cost £35 and are available from www.ticketline.co.uk or through 0844 8889991.

VIP packages are also available, priced at £100, including on-site car parking, entry to a VIP enclosure with outdoor deckchair viewing area, arrival drink, access to pay bar facilities, VIP toilets and a barbecue buffet.

For further information visit www.thenorthernsessions.co.uk