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Top Picks: The Warehouse Project 2018

Top Picks: The Warehouse Project 2018

This year marks another significant chapter in the history of Manchester clubbing institution The Warehouse Project as it waves farewell to Store Street for the final time. When founders Sacha Lord and Sam Kandel announced plans for WHP to take over the former aid raid shelter once again, following several years at Victoria Warehouse, they were only planning to stay for another 12 months. Instead four years have passed, affording clubbers from all corners of the globe countless opportunities to sample the world’s biggest DJs in a truly sublime setting.
There will also be a chance to revel in the wonder of another impressive venue with Mayfield Depot set to stage a number of shows as part of the Manchester International Festival. The collaboration between these two brands will see the likes of Bonobo, Northern Irish duo Bicep and UK grime hero Bugzy Malone take to the former railway station.

With the hugely impressive line-up it was never going to be an easy task choosing five highlights but after much deliberation below are what we believe to be the best events this season.

Patrick Topping WHP takeover
Fri 19th Oct
Store Street, Manchester

Newcastle’s Patrick Topping has enjoyed a phenomenal rise in the tech house scene over the past few years, earning releases on gargantuan labels such as Circus Recordings, Jamie Jones’ Hot Creations imprint and Relief Records. For this year’s appearance expect an exhilarating techno showcase as the Geordie plays his first three-hour set at WHP. In addition he is also bringing some true titans to Manchester with Green Velvet, Paul Johnson and K-Hand all set to perform.

Above & Beyond presents Common Ground
Fri 16th Nov
Store Street, Manchester

If you want to see first-hand how to accomplish the most sumptuous blend of whirling trance melodies, hugely emotive vocals and stunning visuals then look no further than Above & Beyond’s event. The trio, who have undeniably had a monumental impact on the world of electronic music, are celebrating the launch of their new album ‘Common Ground’. You can also catch Oliver Smith, Ajunabeats star Spencer Brown and Scotland’s Grum on Friday 16 November.

Rush Hour Day & Night
Sat 13th Oct
Store Street, Manchester

Based in the Netherlands, Dutch record shop and label Rush Hour has developed an esteemed reputation, through the way they seamlessly intertwine the best highlights of house music history and the quirkiest modern numbers. A name to look out for on the bill is Moodymann, who has built a career from sharing his scintillating concoction of disco and techno.

Make sure to brace yourself for a comprehensive sonic journey with doors opening in the afternoon and not closing until 2am.

Curated by Daniel Avery
Sat 20th Oct
Store Street, Manchester

If you’ve ever been to watch Daniel Avery you’ll know just how much of an expert he is when it comes to identifying the sweet spot between forceful trance beats and psychedelia. Also intent on providing a magical showcase of all things techno is none other than Marcel Dettmann, who has made a name for himself laying down the most exhilarating sets week in week out at the world-renowned Berghain nightclub in Berlin.

CruCast
Wed 26th Dec
Store Street, Manchester

If murky rollers bring on a state of euphoria for you then make sure to visit Store Street on Boxing Day when Cru Cast drop by. Topping the bill is 4x4 champion Skepsis, who started off turning heads with bootlegs of tracks from the likes of grime royalty such as Wiley and Skepta. Within a few short years he has built up a serious following in the UK and is now being noticed further afield, supporting Jauz on his US tour for the next few months. 

Other standout highlights include Kings of the Shadows with their aggressive dnb style tethered to the sublime rhyming talents of MCs Bassman and Trigga as well as jump up king Annix.


Image courtesy of Jody Hartley. 

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