The Warehouse Project - Welcome To The Warehouse
Saturday 28th September
Victoria Warehouse, Manchester
One of the most anticipated weekends in Manchester, is, of course, the opening of The Warehouse Project. And no wonder, with line-ups that include some of the best DJs, producers and musicians around, the venue is packed to the rafters week in week out. Tonight was no different, I arrived at around 10pm and the queue was filled. The beats were throbbing and I couldn’t wait to get back into the three roomed showground where abnormality transpires. Welcome to the Warehouse…
My night began with a brief stint into the Boiler Room where Hot Since 82 was running things, however, I was a little underwhelmed by the enthusiasm displayed by the crowd, and it seemed as if many were there to, dare I say, act cool and take photos of their somewhat privileged position rather than to actually enjoy, what was, a typically flawless set. I expected to see a bigger reaction to Hot Since 82’s Like You, but the crowd were having none of it, subsequently, I turned my attention to KiNK who was causing up a storm in room one…
Room one is a spectacle to behold, a paradise for electronic music lovers bolstered by its dazzling lightshows. KiNK was offering the crowd an onslaught of heavy hitting techno intertwined with hypnotizing illuminations and they were soaking up every last bit of it. The atmosphere was sensational, and it only got better as he continued to tease us with his Jeff Mills' inspired and personal favourite, Existence. His set was coming to an end and everyone knew what was coming, the sound of those famous piano riffs began to trickle out of the speakers and it flourished in spectacular fashion. I’ve rarely witnessed a scene like it – it was time for a break.
Refreshed, I headed to room 3 to check out Ejeca. The man was on fire, being one of my favourite producers at the moment, he did not fail to deliver. His mixing was impeccable and his selection was effective. After receiving huge responses from his track Night Rays and Ten Wall’s Gotham, he left everyone wanting more.
The night kept its level of intensity, up next was Tale Of Us. With The Warehouse Project’s location sitting proud in Manchester, the duo treated us to a fantastic remix of the acid house classic, Voodoo Ray by Manchester based icon, A Guy Called Gerald.
Image courtesy of Pippa Rankin
It was, unfortunately, coming towards the end of the night, I’d just witnessed a brilliant set by Maceo Plex and about to see Hot Since 82 for the second time tonight. Having only caught the last twenty minutes of his set in the Boiler Room, my ears were burning to hear more. The man of the moment kept the crowd dancing, and bearing in mind, it was gone 4am, it’s probably not an easy feat to accomplish. His remix of Shadow Child’s So High, kept the party going, nevertheless, I decided to leave a little early to beat the crowd.
The team behind the logistics of the night seemed to have solved the problem of queuing and although the temperature inside was swelteringly hot there was plenty of free standing room to enjoy a bout of fresh air outside. Regardless, it was one of the best nights out that I’ve had in a while. “For twelve weeks this city is ours” – it sure is and if it was up to me I’d let you have it all year round!
Review by Shivam Sukha
Images courtesy of Pippa Rankin and The Warehouse Project.