Ministry of Sound partners with Classic Ibiza for Knebworth concert

Classic Ibiza is coming to Knebworth House [Picture: Chris Taylor]

Classic Ibiza is coming to Knebworth House [Picture: Chris Taylor] - Credit: Archant

Organisers of Knebworth’s Classic Ibiza concert have teamed up with legendary dance music pioneers Ministry of Sound.

Revival Productions, the team behind Classic Ibiza, has partnered with Ministry of Sound, the leading dance music brand, for its two live outdoor concerts at Knebworth House in Hertfordshire and Bolesworth Castle in Cheshire this summer.

The Knebworth House concert will take place on Saturday, August 19.

Lisa Ward, director of Revival Productions, said: “There is no stronger illustration of what we have created with Classic Ibiza than the endorsement of Ministry of Sound.

“They continue to be the heartbeat for dance music lovers across the globe, spanning generations and genres.

Stephen Hussey will conduct the Urban Soul Orchestra at Classic Ibiza in the grounds of Knebworth Ho

Stephen Hussey will conduct the Urban Soul Orchestra at Classic Ibiza in the grounds of Knebworth House [Picture: Chris Taylor] - Credit: Archant

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“We look forward to developing a strong relationship with them to further enhance the experience of our audience now and in the future.”

Classic Ibiza sees the Urban Soul Orchestra (USO) and DJ Goldierocks perform a playlist of iconic dance music anthems from the ‘White Island’.

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USO has played and recorded with a veritable who’s who of dance music, including Nightmares On Wax, Groove Armada, Ultra Naté, Octave One, Full Intention, Soul II Soul, Robert Miles, Sonique and Spiller.

Stephen Hussey, conductor of USO, said: “The Classic Ibiza formula works so well because it is something new and different that appeals to so many people: Ibiza dance tunes meets classical orchestra; stunning stately home meets music festival.

Classic Ibiza will kick off this year's Knebworth Proms

Classic Ibiza will kick off this year's Knebworth Proms - Credit: Archant

“Having Ministry of Sound’s endorsement turns the dial up to 11!”

The Classic Ibiza concert kicks off with a chill-out set featuring tracks such as Les Nuits (Nightmares On Wax), Teardrop (Massive Attack), At The River (Groove Armada), Here With Me (Dido), Unfinished Sympathy (Massive Attack), Café De Flores (Dr Rockit), So Good To Me (Chris Malinchak), Waves (Mr Probz), Chasing Cars (Snow Patrol), Children (Robert Miles), Barber’s Adagio For Strings (William Orbit) and Blackwater (Octave One).

The concert enters full-on party mode in the second half with some real dance-floor favourites, old and new, accompanied by lasers.

The set is due to include Right Here, Right Now (Fat Boy Slim), Insomnia (Faithless), Easy/Superstylin’ (Groove Armada), Sing It Back (Moloko), Found A Cure (Ultra Naté), Music Sounds Better With You (Stardust), One More Time (Daft Punk), Blind Faith (Chase & Status), Born Slippy (Underworld), Knights Of The Jaguar (DJ Rolando), Sandstorm (Darude), Titanium (David Guetta), Summer (Calvin Harris) and Don’t You Worry Child (Swedish House Mafia).

Andrew Akuffo, Ministry of Sound’s director of events and brand, said: “We’re really excited about partnering with Classic Ibiza on these shows.

“These are the songs that helped to create incredible moments at our events over the last 25 years.

“Now, in these amazing settings and with a full orchestra, our audiences, both experienced and contemporary, can enjoy the tracks in a completely new way.”

The Knebworth House concert takes place on August 19, the day before The Great British Prom, while the show in association with Ministry of Sound can be seen at Bolesworth Castle on September 1.

Tickets cost £35 in advance, and £38 on the night.

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