Longer, Louder, Larger – LUSH! Classical 2017 Is On!

October 2016 saw one of the most spectacular dance events ever held in Northern Ireland.

Steve Anderson, Dave Seaman and Col Hamilton at LUSH! Classical 2016

Steve Anderson, Dave Seaman and Col Hamilton at LUSH! Classical 2016

A phenomenal, first-of-its-kind event featuring a 60-piece classical orchestra, world-renowned DJs and live vocalists playing floor fillers from the past 20 years all produced in conjunction with Kylie Minogue’s musical director….and the result was simply out of this world. 

A sell-out gig with over 5,000 people aged 18 to 65 brought together, in an electric atmosphere dancing the night away to songs like For An Angel, Insomnia and Such A Good Feeling.

And guess what? They have just confirmed that they are doing it all over again!

Saturday 7  October 2017 has been confirmed as the date for Lush! 21 – a night of Dance Music Classics performed by the Ulster Orchestra -  the difference being that this time it promises to be ‘longer, louder, larger and even more sensational than before.’

Col Hamilton, co-founder of Lush said: “Lush! 20 was the most phenomenal event I have ever had the pleasure of organising in my 30 year career. The feedback was simply out of this world.

“We had people fly in from all over the UK and even Europe for the event and have been inundated with requests to do it again ever since. This was meant to be a one-off show to celebrate the 20th anniversary of Lush! Nightclub – a true institution in Northern Ireland. But it was so incredibly successful in every sense of the word that we just had to do it again. We have had enquiries about taking the entire show on tour – to the UK and even Ibiza!”

Paul Oakenfold

Paul Oakenfold

 “Lush 2017 will be even more spectacular. After selling out in advance this year we have listened to demand and taken the entire SSE Arena – seated and standing, equating to a further 4,000 tickets. We will have a bigger sound system, longer sets and of course, more staff on the bars!  

“And to top it off, we just signed world-renowned DJ legend, Paul Oakenfold as special guest DJ.”

Lush! classical will once again be produced by Brothers In Rhythm, the duo consisting of Kylie Minogue’s musical director, Steve Anderson and top international DJ, Dave Seaman alongside Lush! co-founder Col Hamilton, whilst the musical scores will be written and conducted by Cliff Masterson, composer, orchestrator and string arranger who works with such artists including Little Mix as Emeli Sandé.

Organsiers have also confirmed that there will also be extra Golden Circle tickets available, which come complete with VIP bar access.

Col Hamilton continued: “I would like to thank everyone who has been involved in this game-changing classical club event in Northern Ireland and urge people to get their tickets soon as we are expecting another sell-out show.”

Fiona McDonnell, Director of Concerts and Artistic Planning of the Ulster Orchestra said: “The Ulster Orchestra are delighted to collaborate with Lush! Classical once again.

“Our musicians enjoyed every single beat of the performance in October and the reception they received from the arena was simply amazing. – an incredible experience!

thumbnail_lush-21“Dance Music is now firmly established on our ever expanding playlist and we cannot wait to get back on the stage again next year with Col Hamilton and his brilliant team”.

Paul Oakenfold commented: “I am honoured to be asked to play at what sounds like the most epic of events.

“I have played Lush! many times and think the crowd is fantastic – the Northern Irish people know how to enjoy themselves.

Paul concluded: “I am genuinely excited by the creative mix of musicians involved in this project, and I know this event will be something truly spectacular.”

Steve Anderson, Kylie Minogue’s musical director said: ” Lush! 20 was a surreal, brilliant, emotional, uplifting and perfectly executed event by the most incredible team. To witness over 5,000 people screaming, singing and dancing to the soundtrack of their lives was something very special.

Steve concluded: “As soon as there was any question of doing another show – I didn’t hesitate to sign up – it was one of the best nights of my life.”

Dave Seaman, International dance music DJ and record producer said: “I have travelled the world in my career and been lucky to play some of the biggest venues and it has to be said that Lush! 20 was off the scale – Let me tell you, there were a few tears shed that night! It was a gig I will treasure forever and I’m already counting down the days to Round Two. The Ulster Orchestra and all the local vocalists involved did Northern Ireland proud. ”

Peter Wilson, owner of Lush! And Kellys Complex in Portrush said: “I am over the moon that we are doing this event again. It was a heck of a lot of hard work for Col and the team but to see the crowd’s response was absolutely worth it.

“What we uncovered is that there is undoubtedly a market for dance events for the older crowd, those who don’t necessarily want to go to nightclubs every week, but will come out to enjoy music from their younger days.

Peter concluded: “The night was simply electric. The musicians, the crowd, the atmosphere. All we have to do now is top it with Lush 21!”

Tickets for Lush! Classical 2017 performed by the Ulster Orchestra,  go on sale 10am Friday 2 December and are available to purchase from  www.ticketmaster.ie  and  www.kellysportrush.com/tickets or The SSE box office.

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Abby Williams
Belfast based author/writer specialising in entertainment, mental health and human interest.