Hacienda Classical & Groove ArmadaSaturday 9th September 2017

HACIENDA CLASSICAL with support acts GROOVE ARMADA and Stereo Mcs

9th SEPTEMBER 2017

Gates open at 5.30pm –  Music ends by 11pm


Our unique, historic racecourse is the venue for an ongoing series of live music events with spectacular views across the south coast, kicking off with Human League with Marc Almond in support on Friday 8th September and Hacienda Classical with Groove Armada and Stereo MCs in support on Saturday 9th September…

Hacienda Classical is the perfect closing act for Brighton Racecourse Live. This sumptuous spectacle brings the Manchester Camerata, a hugely talented orchestra, together with DJs Graeme Park and Mike Pickering, two legends from the days of the Hacienda nightclub in Manchester. Together with special guests, this combination will bring to life new orchestral versions of the classic house tracks that made the Hacienda so instrumental in dance music culture.

One of the planet’s best loved dance acts, Groove Armada step up in support. Since their breakthrough hit ‘At The River’ Andy Cato and Tom Findlay have added million–selling albums, Grammy and Brit nominations and a pioneering live show to their reputation. With two decades at the top of electronic music they are the perfect accompaniment to Hacienda Classics.

Also a highlight on the lineup is the Brit Award winning Stereo MCs. Walking a line between the hip hop and acid house scenes, Stereo MCs enjoyed massive international success in the ‘90’s with their ‘Connected’ album. As relevant now as they ever were, they are a live act not to be missed.

So Get ready to dance!

We’d like everyone to have a great time but don’t forget to pace yourself, there are free jugs of water available on all bars so do take the opportunity to re-hydrate where possible.

We also ask if you could be mindful of our local residents and please respect our neighbours by leaving quietly.

To help you plan your visit below are some general points of info

GENERAL INFORMATION                                                                        

  • This is an outdoor event, stage and bars are outdoors
  • Approx timings, may be subject to change: Gates open 17.30.  First Performance 18.15.  Second Performance 19.30.   Headline Act 21.30.   Set times will be announced on the day as they may be subject to change, no readmission is allowed if leaving site
  • Over 18’s only, challenge 25 in operation so please bring id if you are lucky enough to look young!
  • Cash machine on site (there is a charge for using the ATM) and there could be queues, however cards are accepted in the main bars. Cash machines will be emptied at least one hour before the end of the event
  • Cash bars available and credit cards accepted in main bars
  • Due to heightened security all bags will be searched and large bags/rucksacks are not allowed. Please bring small handbags only if necessary; and please allow time for the possible delay of bag searches
  • Parking is available for blue badge holders only so we would recommend the use of public transport
  • A shuttle bus will operate to and from Brighton Railway Station – this picks up at the top of Queens Road on the left hand side outside the IBIS hotel – first bus approx. 17.15pm running until approx. 18.15pm.  Return service to Brighton Railway Station after the event first bus available from 22.00  running until approx. 23.30pm.
  • Brighton & Hove bus company operate a service from the city centre – serviced by bus route No 2
  • Ample taxis are available from Brighton Railways Station or call Streamline Taxis 01273 202020, please pre-book if necessary
  • Picnic rugs acceptable, no portable seating/folding chairs/umbrellas allowed on site. Limited seating available
  • No food or drink to be brought into site, ample food and beverage facilities will be available plus free jugs of water on all bars
  • No dogs allowed, apart from guide and assistance dogs.
  • No fireworks or flares
  • We promote a responsible alcohol consumption and our staff reserve the right to refuse to serve anyone who they believe to be intoxicated
  • Drugs are strictly prohibited and anyone found in possession of illegal substances will be handed to local authorities
  • Medical and welfare services will be available during the evening
  • There will be a phased closing of the bars to prevent mass exits and assist noise reduction for our neighbours
  • Please use the bins provided and avoid littering the surrounding streets
  • Ample toilets will be on site so please ensure you use the facilities provided
  • In the unlikely event that you are required to evacuate the site during the event please follow the instruction of the Event Staff and signage


Our venue is accessible to all guests and we make every effort to ensure our guests with disabilities are accommodated to ensure a memorable and fun experience.

If you are a disabled visitor and require a carer to attend the event with you, it may be possible to claim a discounted or complimentary ticket for the carer. Please check with the sales advisor when you make your booking as they will need to send you a form to fill in with details.

Please inform us at the time of booking if you need a wheelchair space or have any special requirements, so that we can ensure this is taken care of before you arrive.

For our outdoor Music Live, a designated viewing area is allocated.