SUPERSTAR DJ Pete Tong, one of the biggest names in electronic dance music, is to present a show alongside a classical orchestra at Blenheim Palace next summer.

The club supremo, producer and presenter will bring his Ibiza Classics show to the Woodstock stately home for its Nocturne Live festival. The set, on June 17, will see him perform with the Essential Orchestra conducted by Jules Buckley who will reinterpret 90s house hits with classical instruments.

They previously performed in Oxford’s South Park for the Common People festival. They will be joined by surprise guest DJs and singers.

Audience members can expect recomposed versions of such classic house tracks as Fat Boy Slim’s Right Here Right Now, The Chemical Brothers’ Galvanise, Moloko’s Sing It Back, Seal’s Killer and Insomnia by Faithless.

The announcement follows confirmation that 125 million-selling Oscar, Golden Globe and Grammy-winning singer-songwriter Lionel Richie is to play two nights at the palace, on June 14 and 15, having cancelled his show last year.

Two further headline acts, for June 16 and 18, have yet to be revealed.

Witney Gazette: Pete Tong and the Essential Orchestra

Pete Tong and his Essential Orchestra

Festival director Ciro Romano said: “We’re extremely happy to announce Pete Tong’s Ibiza Classics show as our Saturday night headline for next summer’s Nocturne Live at Blenheim Palace.

“Pete is, of course, a true legend of dance music and his set will be full to the brim with instantly recognisable classic club tracks which have been specially arranged for a full orchestra.

“It’s a breath-taking show which has toured the world to unanimous acclaim and we’re in no doubt that it will be a big hit with the Nocturne audience too.”

Witney Gazette: Lionel Richie

Lionel Richie

Since its inception in 2015 the Nocturne Live concert series has featured performances from such stars as Elton John, Kylie Minogue, Gary Barlow, Simply Red, Nile Rodgers, Noel Gallagher, Gregory Porter, Van Morrison, Tears for Fears, Gladys Knight, Elvis Costello, Simple Minds and Ennio Morricone.

Tickets start at £45 and go on sale at 9am on Friday. Tickets, along with a limited number of VIP packages including dinner in the palace’s State Rooms, are available from