Updated: Aug 9, 2021
The Classic Ibiza event in Stamford was a huge success and is set to return next year.
ESP went along to Burghley House and we had an amazing time enjoying a heady blend of Balearic beats, reinvented by the 32-piece Urban Soul Orchestra.
The parkland was packed with an up for it crowd but with carefully spaced coloured picnic zones it all felt safe and enjoyable in the open air.
It was the first time Classic Ibiza had come to this area and we certainly can’t wait for it to make a return next year. With the beautiful stately home making an impressive backdrop it was an uplifting night out we wouldn’t have wanted to miss out on – and with everyone singing along to ‘Everybody’s Free to Feel Good’ you could tell it was just the event we all needed.
We were treated to a set of over 30 house classics, including 12 completely new orchestrations and the crowd were up and dancing around their chairs all night with some heading down to the front of the stage to a special dance zone.
Classic Ibiza’s Lisa Ward, said after the event – “We are used to performing at some beautiful venues around the country, but none quite as spectacular as Burghley House. What a back-drop, what a crowd and what a performance. We certainly feel like we brought a taste of Ibiza to Lincolnshire tonight.
“A massive thank you to our fantastic audience, who fully embraced the measures we had in place, as well as everyone on stage and behind the scenes for making this happen. We are already looking forward to seeing everyone again next year when we’ll be back even stronger.”
The show started with Classic Ibiza debutant and former Pacha DJ, Jose Luis. His set of Latin-infused, old-school house transported the crowd to one of the White Isle’s famed chill-out bars. After the year everyone’s had, it felt right that he kicked everything off with a taste of the Andy Weatherall-mixed, Primal Scream track, ‘Come Together’.
The Urban Soul Orchestra, accompanied by Miss Mavrik on the decks, then took to the stage for the Sundowner Set. Like a tapas menu of delicious house tunes, these iconic tracks well and truly set the scene for what was to come:
Belfast (Orbital), Are You With Me (Lost Frequencies), So Good To Me (Chris Malinchak), Praise You (Fat Boy Slim), Killer (Adamski, Seal), Feels So Good (Sonique), Another Chance (Roger Sanchez), One & One (Robert Miles), Children/9PM (Till I Come) (Robert Miles/ATB), Barber’s Adagio For Strings (William Orbit, Ferry Corsten), For An Angel (Paul van Dyke), Better Off Alone (Alice DJ), Something Good (Utah Saints), Sunchyme (Dario G).
USO then took a short break, leaving the stage to Miss Mavrik for her House DJ Set. With glow-sticks at the ready, the crowd threw their hands in the air to her set packed full of club anthems.
Then, onto the main course… As night fell, USO returned to the stage for the Dance Set and the grounds of Burghley House turned into an alfresco nightclub. Accompanied by a laser and light show, the evening reached its crescendo to these awesome tracks:
3 AM Eternal (The KLF), Right Here, Right Now (Fat Boy Slim), Lola’s Theme (The Shapeshifters), Easy/Superstylin’ (Groove Armada), Blind Faith (Chase & Status), You Got The Love (The Source ft. Candi Staton), Sweet Harmony (Liquid), Everybody’s Free (Rozalla), When Love Takes Over (David Guetta ft. Kelly Rowland), Giant (Calvin Harris ft. Rag ‘n’ Bone Man), Firestarter (The Prodigy), ResuRection (PPK), Seven Days And One Week (B.B.E.), Café Del Mar (Energy 52), Encore Une Fois (Sash!), Where Love Lives (Alison Limerick, Frankie Knuckles, David Morales), I See You Baby (Groove Armada), Professional Widow (Tori Amos, Armand Van Helden), Infinity 2008 (Guru Josh Project), Saltwater (Chicane), Levels (Avicii), Don’t You Worry Child (Swedish House Mafia), Titanium (David Guetta ft. Sia), Set You Free (N-Trance).
Just as the crowd thought it was all over, USO returned to the stage for an encore of two Classic Ibiza all-time favourites, Insomnia (Faithless) and Sandstorm (Darude).
Classic Ibiza at Burghley partnered with local charity East Anglia's Children's Hospices. Various fund- and profile-raising initiatives took place at the concert, including a £1 donation from every set-list lanyard sold.
Photos: DAVID EVANS