When a party institution the scale of The Warehouse Project calls time on a party season, you’d feel shortchanged if it didn’t go out with a really special party; fortunately, the New Year’s Day Closing Party at Store Street packs an almighty punch, so that won’t be an issue this year.
Featuring a whole host of names from the 2017 WHP rota, including Motor City Drum Ensemble, George Fitzgerald, Midland, Daniel Avery and Tom Trago, the 5pm to 5am half day marathon has more than enough talent to sign off with a flourish, leaving the euphoric aftershocks rippling out into Manchester long into 2018. Eager to show you just how tantalising the prospect is, we’ve picked out our favourite five from the unbelievably stacked lineup.
What more can be said about Peggy Gou that hasn’t already been said? A talented producer of bumping acid jams, a DJ whose experimental side makes her sets as fun as they are meticulously strung together and as big a personality as you can find in all of Berlin’s underground; you’ll find plenty of reasons to justify catching Peggy Gou’s set, but good luck finding one to justify leaving it.
One of those tastemakers whose presence you feel even when you don’t realise it, Shanti Celeste has been leaving her mark on the UK underground scene for years now, having been instrumental in influential Bristol labels Idle Hands and BRSTL as well as her new imprint Peach Discs. An expert selector with a party-first attitude encompassing all shades of house, techno and UK sounds, Celeste’s productions are ripe for dancefloor deployment and her sets full to capacity with mind-altering masterpieces.
A few years ago you’d have found Hunee playing supporting slots in small bars in Berlin, quietly making himself known as one of the most exciting DJs in a scene that churns out talent like there’s no tomorrow. Now one of the biggest names in the game, Hunee has exploded, headlining the biggest venues and starring at the coolest festivals around. Skipping effortlessly between old funk, soul and disco rarities, into rabid acid house and dark of the night techno tangents, he’s one of those diggers who finds the unknown tunes that end up getting played to death, but he’ll be onto something new way before that time comes.
The Black Madonna
Marea Stamper is another who needs no introduction, but deserves one anyway. Hailing from Kentucky but having left for Chicago at just 16, The Black Madonna as she’s more commonly known doesn’t care where you’re from or what your story is, she’s going to make you dance all the same. A distinctive role model and strong proponent of equality in dance music, she’s been tearing up clubs with house and techno excursions that live long on the memory.
Let’s finish off with a bit of taps aff, beat on the ceiling, Sub Club madness, shall we? Denis Sulta is a scholar of the Glaswegian crew that birthed Jackmaster, Jasper James and before them the likes of Harri & Domenic, Optimo and more, so expect things to get feisty. What’s that, you need to warm up? Don’t be daft. Sulta gets straight down to business so we’ll see you where the action is, with sweat on the brow and madness in the eyes.
Photo courtesy of The Warehouse Project