The Warehouse Project - Paradise
Saturday 5th October
Victoria Warehouse, Manchester
Paradise, the night famously held by Jamie Jones in DC10 came to Manchester’s Warehouse Projects on Saturday 5th October. The venue was sold out with thoudsands of fans attending the event to watch a promising line up including Jamie Jones, Maya Jane Coles, Lee Foss, Richy Ahmed and Infinity Ink.
As the queue shortened, I began to get disco belly, as the anxious excitement that seemed to make my stomach do summersaults. This is always a good sign that we’re in for a treat from the night ahead. We were welcomed into the venue by friendly door staff and familiar music with a crowd somewhere in the distance were bellowing out lyrics to Look Right Through, a Storm Queen track that gives most of us a sense of nostalgia from the summer just gone. As we entered room one, Chicago-born Lee Foss was unsurprisingly throwing it down. He continued to keep people grooving with his admirable ability to read the crowd and choose tracks that tailor to those who stand in awe of him.
Maya Jane Coles came into the limelight after Lee finished his set, keeping the party vibes apparent with her choice of techy, bass heavy sounds, which contributed hugely towards the crowds adhesion.
By the time Jamie Jones came out to play, teeth were gleaming, arms were waving and bodies were hugging. I haven’t seen a crowd so giddy at The Warehouse Project before. Having a track record of success and popularity, it was no surprise that Jamies fans almost tore off the roof when they were treated with Forward Motion and Benediction amongst a set of punchy selections.
By the time Jamie finished, I was beat. I grabbed my coat and my friends and took a taxi home. At the taxi rank the security staff were constantly advising people to look after themselves and each other, and I really hope everybody took this advice. Two weeks into The Warehouse Project season and it’s all that Manchester seems to be talking about - let’s hope that such a great thing isn’t ruined by dodgy drugs and careless minds.
Review by Chloe Jones
Images courtesy of Gemma Parker Photography