Classic Ibiza comes to Hatfield House
PUBLISHED: 12:36 09 July 2018 | UPDATED: 12:36 09 July 2018
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With a 32-piece orchestra, singers, DJ and a massive light show, the stately grounds of Hatfield House will rock to the sounds of classic Ibiza clubs this summer. The conductor and DJ look forward to the big show
Classic Ibiza with Ministry of Sound is coming to Hatfield House this summer. Ahead of what promises to be Hertfordshire’s biggest outdoor celebration of dance music, we spoke to DJ Goldierocks (aka Sam Hall) and Stephen Hussey, conductor and founder of the Urban Soul Orchestra. Both will be taking centre stage on September 1 at a live performance of some of dance music’s most iconic tracks.
How did it all start for you?
Sam: I started a club night at art school called Goldierocks. It was all about exposing new underground talent and it really took off in London at the time of new-rave. I couldn’t afford to pay a DJ so just did it myself and it snowballed from there. Someone from MTV then saw me DJing at a secret backstage party at Glastonbury, supporting The Chemical Brothers, and two weeks later I was warming up for Soulwax at the MTV European Music Video Awards in Lisbon. I’ve never looked back.
Stephen: My dad took me to a Ravi Shankar concert when I was about six. I was really fascinated by it. Since then, I have always been interested in music from various cultures and genres. That influence continues to this day, and I think it’s from that concert.
Who is your biggest musical influence?
Sam: I think Rob da Bank is the bee’s knees. He’s a cracking DJ, one of my favourites to go raving to. I also have so much admiration and respect for how he’s approached his career. He’s a new music curator and a radio geek, like me, and he approaches everything with a sense of fun and mischief.
Stephen: I can’t tell you one influence because my whole musical life has been so varied. Music for me is like food. I like lots of different kinds of food and I like lots of different types of music. Bob Marley albums have the same relevance to me musically as Mozart.
What’s been your most memorable performance?
Sam: DJing the opening ceremony of the Paralympic Games London 2012 in the 85,000 capacity Olympic Stadium for the Queen was an absolute career highlight. I felt like Beyoncé, all those people screaming with joy.
Stephen: One of the performances that I look back on that I’m most proud of is the first time I conducted The Royal Albert Hall for a Nitin Sawhney prom. I completely loved that.
What advice would you give to aspiring DJs/conductors?
Sam: For a DJ, be authentic. Don’t follow the crowd. Be innovative. Be kind. Have fun.
Stephen: For a conductor, I think confidence is key. Being a conductor is like having the power to make a flock of birds turn in unison in the air. That’s all about confidence.
How do you go about selecting the tracks for Classic Ibiza?
Sam: That’s one for Stephen, I just love performing them.
Stephen: It’s key to think about your audience. Because the age of our crowd is so varied, we select tracks that cater for everyone that loves dance music. The party people who were there at the beginning, the next generation who were clubbing at the turn of the century and the millennials who have grown up listening to club music of the last 10 years. We also ran a track-poll over Easter, which received over 10,000 votes. As a result, we’ve added some absolute belters to the set-list.
What can the audience expect at Classic Ibiza?
Sam: An overwhelming sensory experience! Every rave experience heightened, because it’s me DJing with the vast and powerful 32-piece Urban Soul Orchestra. They’ve worked with all the greats, including Nightmares on Wax, Groove Armada, Soul II Soul and Robert Miles. It’s so much fun performing those iconic tracks that bring back nostalgic and euphoric moments. It’s one of the best shows I’ve ever done. I can’t wait!
Stephen: A big party and a great night! In Ibiza, it’s the big party and then the chill-out. It’s the other way around with us. The first half starts quite chilled and you can come along and enjoy a picnic with the family. The music then steadily builds to the big party at the end. I hope the Hatfield crowd is excited as me!
Classic Ibiza is on September 1 at Hatfield House.
Tickets: £39.50, under-17s £17.50 (under-fives free).
Programme: 5:30pm parking and gates open. 7:30pm: chill-out set. 8:30pm: interval with live DJ. 9pm: dance set and laser show. 10:15pm: concert finishes.
For full details and tickets, visit classicibiza.co.uk or call the box office on 01283 841601.