DJ Spoony is joining forces with Ignition Orchestra for an evening of classical garage hits at the Barbican.
Tracks such as Please Don’t Turn Me On, The Things We Do For Love and Call It Fate will be reimagined by a string ensemble, arranged by composer and conductor Katie Chatburn. The aim is to place garage classics into new contexts.
“There are literally thousands of garage tracks out there,” said Spoony in a press statement, “but the most important thing for me was choosing those that would sound absolutely brilliant when performed by an orchestra. I also really wanted the original vocalists to stand up there on stage and perform alongside them.”
Spoony cut his teeth at the dance station Kiss FM in the 90s. The former BBC Radio 1 DJ was part of the ‘Dreem Teem’ with Mikee B and Timmi Magic. Recognised as a pioneer of the genre, Spoony is known for helping kickstart the garage movement, gaining it mainstream recognition in the 90s.
The event will run on 21 July. Tickets go on sale to Barbican members on 8 February, and general sale tickets will be made available from 9 February.