Clas­sic Ibiza

As the sun goes down on a warm sum­mer’s day, chilled-out beats fill the air and the sound of Ibiza takes party-goers into a night of danc­ing un­der the stars

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Au­gust sees the re­turn of Clas­sic Ibiza at Blick­ling Hall – an event which has be­come a sta­ple of the Nor­folk sum­mer, and thanks to its suc­cess, has now spread to dif­fer­ent set­tings across the coun­try.

“This is where it all be­gan,” says Lisa Ward, direc­tor of Re­vival Pro­duc­tions which puts on the event.

“Four years ago, we were look­ing for a sec­ond night to add to our tra­di­tional British Proms event at Blick­ling; some­thing com­pletely dif­fer­ent but that would work well at this mag­nif­i­cent venue. We had been on a fam­ily hol­i­day and watched a sim­i­lar con­cert at the Albert Hall on­line; it was a light bulb mo­ment and we de­cided we had to look into it.

“When we got home my busi­ness part­ner Katharine Brind­ley and I started pulling the pieces to­gether. We con­tacted the Ur­ban Soul Orches­tra (USO) with whom we had worked pre­vi­ously and knew they were fan­tas­tic

mu­si­cians, young, dy­namic and had worked at the top of the UK mu­sic in­dus­try for 20 years. At our first meet­ing with them, there was in­stant ex­cite­ment around the ta­ble, and we all had a feel­ing that we could be on to some­thing spe­cial.”

They be­gan pulling to­gether the mu­si­cal pro­gramme, and were thrilled when DJ Goldie­rocks agreed to get on board.

“The crowd had come to party and USO and Goldie­rocks per­formed with such en­ergy that we re­ally could have been in Ibiza; it was like an out­door club ex­pe­ri­ence where the dance an­thems of the last 20 years got ab­so­lutely ev­ery­one danc­ing.”

The fol­low­ing morn­ing, the team re­turned to the site to clear up and Lisa says both she and Katharine re­alised that they should take the show for­ward, such was the re­sponse.

“And so the de­ci­sion was made to build on the suc­cess of the first event and take it to other venues across the coun­try. To date, the Clas­sic Ibiza show has been per­formed to over 60,000 peo­ple and has at­tracted a long-term part­ner­ship deal with Span­ish beer gi­ant San Miguel.”

Stephen Hussey, founder of the USO, says “I al­ways feel that per­form­ing at Blick­ling is like a home­com­ing for us. The first Blick­ling crowd were so re­cep­tive and gave us so much love on­stage by singing along, cheer­ing us on and gen­er­ally hav­ing an amaz­ing time that it turned out to be a bril­liant night.”

Over the win­ter, Lisa and her team work on find­ing new tracks to add to the clas­sics and this year there will be 11 new ar­range­ments, as well as the ac­com­pa­ny­ing laser show light­ing up the night sky.

Con­cert-goers can bring their own pic­nics or can take ad­van­tage of nu­mer­ous stalls sell­ing street-food and re­fresh­ments and car-park­ing is free.

The event, on Au­gust 9, starts at 6pm. Tick­ets and in­for­ma­tion, clas­si­cibiza.co.uk or 01283 841601

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