After many glorious years at Store Street the decision was made for the Warehouse Project to move to a new home. The world-renowned clubbing institution has regularly curated the finest schedules, attracting the biggest DJs throughout various different genres. This past weekend was no different with the genre of drum & bass given centre stage at Mayfield Depot.
Walking into the former railway station the sheer size of the place hits you in an instant. Still being able to see the ageing steel work up close helps to maintain a real authenticity within the venue. As if the stunning location wasn’t enough there was also a fantastic selection of DJs lined up for the evening, including veterans such as Chase & Status and Friction along aside rising stars like K Motionz and Bou.
With a jam-packed line up we arrived early to catch a heavy-hitting b2b between Mollie Collins and Manchester duo North Base.
Starting off the evening on the Depot stage the three individuals opened up proceedings with a bang, laying down a mix of jump up alongside more commercial hits. Looking back it quickly became apparent just how vast this space is.
A little later it was time to admire the turntable talents of K Motionz over at the concourse. Being able to walk all the way round the decks and witness the crowds from the DJs perspective is great and a must when paying a trip to this venue.
As well as a huge array of DnB selectors there were also artists from the bass line scene in attendance, like Nottingham’s Darkzy. Watching him play timeless anthems like Corona’s ‘Rhythm of the Night’ and then drop the heaviest bass-infused numbers straight after was a joy to behold.
The set of the evening had to be when Voltage and Bou teamed up together over at the concourse. Bringing together two individuals that are currently releasing some of the most daring music throughout the scene and putting them on the same stage was always going to incite carnage.
Whether it was a special version of the massive stomper that is ‘Veteran’ by Bou or one of many highly anticipated Voltage dub plates the whole set was a master class in how to raise the roof off.
Having seen Voltage many times over the past couple of years you always know he is going to be super busy on the decks and this performance was no different. Watching him mash up seminal classics with some of the filthiest dub plates made for a signature performance.
Being able to witness the first dnb event inside the new home of the WHP was special. This venue certainly looks up to the task of providing a unique space to host the biggest brands and DJs.