The Warehouse Project - Curated by Julio Bashmore
Saturday 26th October
Victoria Warehouse, Manchester
Nights that are curated by a certain artist or DJ are always standout nights in any Warehouse Project calendar, mainly due to the sheer quality of artists/label mates that they can can call upon. Julio Bashmore's night was no different.
Having seen Julio Bashmore's overwhelming set at Parklife earlier in the year, my expectations were high for one of electronic music's biggest figureheads from the past 18 months. Obviously the most obvious attraction of the night was Bashmore himself, but with a line up that included techno pioneer Laurent Garnier, Derrick Carter, Bicep and Metro Area (who were playing their first show in Manchester for nearly a decade) to name but a few; the quality of artists on offer was second to none.
Laurent Garnier has been making people move on dancefloors for over 25 years, so he was in more than a decent position to set the right kind of mood for the entire night. Afforded two hours to delve through his expansive collection, Garnier's time inside the main room seemed to fly by. No genre was left untouched, as everything from dark jazzy infused tracks to his more familiar sounding techno all got an airing.
Despite some early confusion among the crowd about the time, due to the clocks going back an hour, Bashmore arrived on stage for his near enough two hour set. The man from Bristol powered his way through a set that include jiving sythn influences and shuddering basslines which kept the vibe inside the main room at a constantly intense level all night. The biggest reactions of the night were predictably saved for his most well known tunes Battle for Middle You and Au Seve.
Given the opportunity to close the night were Bicep. The Northern Irish duo have had a stellar 12 months which have seen them play at some of the biggest festivals in Europe along with an appearance at Space in August. Their brand of 21st century piano house and punchy high hats certainly seems to have catapulted them into the mainstream. Best known for Vision of Love and Sacrifice, they also dipped into a more techno side of things, which clearly kept the crowd interested even as the clocked ticked over to 5am. The mood inside Warehouse left you wanting more, exactly how you should feel after a night with a line up as good as the one which Julio Bashmore curated.
Review by Joe Lanigan Smith
Images courtesy of Matt Eachus