Classic Ibiza’s Facebook followers were given the amazing opportunity over Easter to vote for their favourite dance tracks to be added to the set at this summer’s concert at Hatfield House on Saturday 31 August. Held in association with San Miguel, Classic Ibiza sees the 32-piece Urban Soul Orchestra, DJ Goldierocks and critically acclaimed live vocalists bring to life dance music’s most iconic tracks.
Earlier this year we asked our Facebook followers to put forward their favourite tracks to form a shortlist of 20. The shortlist went live on Classic Ibiza’s Facebook page (@ClassicIbiza) on 18 April for a week. The most popular 5 tracks, which alone polled over 3,000 votes, being added to the set are:
No.1 : “You Got the Love,” The Source ft. Candi Staton
No.2: “Giant,” Calvin Harris & Rag’n’Bone Man
No.3 “Everybody’s Free,” Rozalla
Other tracks include “Sweet Harmony,” Liquid; and “When Love Takes Over,” David Guetta ft. Kelly Rowland. To mark the sad passing of The Prodigy’s Keith Flint, one of dance music’s most iconic frontmen, a special performance of “Firestarter” has also been added to the programme.
These tracks join a set of nearly 3 hours, which celebrates dance music’s rich archive. Other tracks being performed on the evening include: “Insomnia,” Faithless; “Born Slippy,” Underworld; and “Sandstorm,” Darude.
Stephen Hussey, founder and conductor of USO, comments:
“This year’s set is stronger than ever, with some great tunes being added to a line-up of truly iconic house tracks. It’s great to see the likes of, ‘You Got the Love’ and ‘Giant,’ which bookend dance music’s history, coming out top. I guess it illustrates the diverse nature of the Classic Ibiza audience.
“We were inundated with votes this year and while there were 5 clear winners, don’t be too disheartened if your track didn’t get in. We will be performing 11 new tracks this summer and will be freshening up the set-list again next year, so I am sure that some of them will make an appearance in the future.”
Classic Ibiza starts with a chill-out set where people can enjoy their picnics and a drink, or dance along as the sun fades. Then DJ Goldierocks will turn things up in the interval, getting the crowd into the mood before the Urban Soul Orchestra and vocalists return to the stage to bring a vibrant atmosphere to the summer evening. One classic dance track will follow another, as the grounds of Hatfield House turn into a magical, alfresco celebration, with accompanying lasers and Balearic beats.
Urban Soul Orchestra (USO) seamlessly integrate the two worlds of classical and electronic dance music. They have worked for 25 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 Stephen Hussey and co-directed by Natasha Beckman, they have worked alongside the very best in the dance music industry, including Nightmares On Wax, Groove Armada, Ultra Naté, Octave One, Full Intention, Soul II Soul, Robert Miles, Sonique and Spiller.
USO has released “Classic Ibiza”, an album of iconic dance anthems, which features many of the tracks being played on the night and is available on CD and all major music websites and apps. For more information and to book USO for private and corporate events both in the UK and abroad see: www.urbansoulorchestra.co.uk
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 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.
In addition to the amazing tunes and artists, what really sets Classic Ibiza apart is that it is a concert for all age groups. Set in the delightful outdoor setting of Hatfield House, with easy access to transport links, concert goers can bring their own food and drink, or take advantage of numerous stalls selling high-quality street-food and refreshments. Car-parking is free (for coaches and cars), so everyone is assured of a fantastic evening.
Tickets and information: www.classicibiza.co.uk