The Warehouse Project - Armin Van Buuren
Friday 4th September
Victoria Warehouse, Manchester
Armin Van Buuren domed the number one position in the prestigious DJ MAG Top 100 poll four years running, and I would have been a fool not to join Armin’s fans as they welcomed him to The Warehouse Project.
After about 30 minutes of waiting in line, my friends and I were finally allowed to enter the venue at around 11.00pm. Edging our way to the front of room one, we were greeted by a crowd from all nations. Arabs, Asians, Persians, Africans, Englishmen and Europeans; it was a real buzz to see people of many cultures partying together under the same roof, to the same music. W&W, a pair of Dutch deck-masters, were the first act I had the privilege of seeing, who ignited the crowd as they partied just as hard as their fans did. Their mix of DJ Tiesto’s Silence, was the first track that really rumbled the air, starting off with eerie, echoey vocals and progressing into an apocalyptic collection of pulsating synths. Warming up for Armin they managed to keep the crowd jumping around with tracks like Mustang and Thunder.
Straight after the pair wrapped up their set, it was time for all to hail Armin Van Buuren on stage. Project attendees gave Armin the warmest welcome of them all, and he returned the love forming a heart with his hands. As he broke into D# Fat, a hit track he produced with W&W which was released earlier on this year, there was an almighty roar from everybody who stood in front of him. Unlike the mesmerised crowd I’m used to seeing at house and techno nights that appear to dance in a hypnotic and spellbound fashion, Armin had the crowd losing their inhibitions and forgetting they were in a room of thousands. Arms were waved and swished during the soft and dreamy melodies, then feet stomped and jumped in time with the harder, more up-tempo rhythms.
There wasn’t a forehead that didn’t gleam with sweat by the time 5.00am came, and the majority of the guests were partied out at this hour (myself included). It was a pleasure to see that the unfortunate publicity The Warehouse Project has recently received didn’t dampened anybody’s spirits: The staff remained friendly, everything seemingly went to plan, and the security made us all feel safe right up until the very end.
Review by Chloe Jones
Image courtesy of Pippa Rankin