Colours Classical

UK promoters, Colours, aim to celebrate all that was great about The Arches in Glasgow. On Friday, 29 September the brand will be taking over The SSE Hydro for a night of dance floor anthems with a twist. Joining them on the night will be the 60-piece Scottish Festival Orchestra, who will play some of dance music’s most recognisable tracks, tunes that made The Arches such a memorable venue during the brand’s 20-year residency. 

Judge Jules
Judge Jules

The Arches was the brand’s spiritual home between 1995-2015, where the high profile DJs they brought to the Glasgow venue included Carl Cox, Sasha + John Digweed, Swedish House Mafia, David Guetta, Eric Prydz, Paul Oakenfold, Frankie Knuckles, Erick Morillo, David Morales, Paul van Dyk, Deadmau5, Dimitri Vegas and Like Mike, Hardwell and Armin van Buuren.


Those in attendance can expect to hear some of the biggest and best dance music tracks from their time at the club and the night will feature Colours’ stalwarts including Danny Rampling, Seb Fontaine and Tall Paul. To be hosted by Judge Jules, guest vocalists will include Christina Novelli (the voice of Concrete Angel) and Bobbi Depasois (K-Klass), plus more to be announced.


The event has the blessing from former artistic director & founder of The Arches, Andy Arnold. “When I got the keys to The Arches back in 1991, we just wanted to make theatre shows and we started to run club nights at the weekends simply as a means to pay the bills. After a few years The Arches had transformed itself into one of the most electric and atmospheric nightclubs in the world! It’s brilliant that it will be celebrated in this way - keeping alive the memory of a totally unique theatre and dance venue.”

Seb Fontaine
Seb Fontaine

In addition to the Scottish Festival Orchestra, Colours will also be working with the Tron Community Choir (formerly The Arches Community Choir) to bring you this event. 


The Scottish Festival Orchestra, apparently assembled from the leading professional orchestral musicians in Scotland, regularly perform with a wide range of artistes at many major venues throughout the country. Ben Folds, Nicola Benedetti, Belle and Sebastian, Idina Menzel, Eddi Reader and the Chieftains are only a few of the household names that have performed with the orchestra. Conductors have included, John Pryce-Jones, Iain Sutherland, Rob Moursey, Gavin Sutherland, Sir James MacMillan and Robert Ziegler.


The administrator for all the orchestra's activities is independent orchestra contractor and professional freelance cellist John Davidson.


John says: “I was delighted to be given the opportunity to assemble my players again, for this fantastic event and collaboration in September at The SSE Hydro. The partnership of a full size orchestra and club brand will certainly be an incredibly 'hot ticket'. Having performed at this awesome venue a number of times, the atmosphere with thousands in attendance will undoubtedly be a most memorable one and we're greatly looking forward the concert.”


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