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Major outdoor Lush! Classical event announced for Derry

A major performance bringing together DJs, live vocalists and classical musicians is set to hit Londonderry this summer.

Attendees at the Lush! Classical event will get to enjoy a mash-up of classical and dance music performed by top international talent.

The performance will be a collaboration between the Ulster Orchestra, the Lush! nightclub, 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.

The musical scores will be written by Cliff Masterson, composer, orchestrator and string arranger who works with such artists as Little Mix as Emeli Sandé.

At previous events, attendees have been treated to a selection of floor fillers from the past 20 years.

A total of 75 musicians from the Ulster Orchestra will take part.

The event was first held in October 2016 to celebrate the 20th anniversary of Lush! nightclub.

The event will take place in Derry's Ebrington Square on July 21, 2018.

Co-founder of Lush! Col Hamilton said the events had so far "exceeded anything any of us could have hoped for".

“The mix of local musicians, world-renowned producers, DJs, and the entire production team has made this event something truly special that we just had to take on the road," he said.

“We have been approached by venues across Ireland– but to play in Derry/Londonderry, close to our hometown of Portrush and a city that’s clubbers have supported Lush! for years felt absolutely right."

Peter Wilson, owner of Lush! And Kellys Complex in Portrush said: “I am delighted that we are doing the first of what we hope will become a series of events.

“We feel there has been a complete renaissance of the 35 plus clubber -  those who don’t necessarily want to go to nightclubs every week but will come out to enjoy music from their younger days and enjoy it to the max. We had people age 18-65 enjoy our last two events, and we expect that this event will be no different.”

Tickets for the event will go on sale on Friday February 16, and will be available to purchase through Ticketmaster, the Kelly's Portrush website and Cool Discs Foyle Street in Derry.

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