With NYE being touted as the ultimate night out and often falling some way short of this accolade it's left to WHP to step up and deliver a massive lineup not to be matched this NYE. Being the Warehouse Project's penultimate event before programming is consolidated in 2014, WHP bring back a formidable selection of some of the hottest acts from their biggest season yet.
With 3 rooms of the most forward thinking artists, there is almost too much to choose from. Room 1 is headed up by Radio 1 darling Annie Mac, returning for her 4th year, she brings with her a typically eclectic roster. Most notably the bass styling of Totally Enormous Extinct Dinosaurs and DnB kingpin Andy C closely follow Annie at the top of the bill. Bridging the gap between peak time and the all important beginning of the party falls to Tensnake, stepping up with his unmistakable disco house sound, Marco will be ably abetted by the building blocks of WHP - Krysko & Greg Lord.
Room 2 is helmed by a true legend of the modern era. With his Last Night on Earth label, Sasha has been pushing the envelope even further with each release of late and his 14th spot in RA's DJ poll cements the fact he will continue to do so.
Joining him is firm crowd favourite James Zabeila, with his deck wizardry earning him spot 64 in Resident Advisors DJ poll. Pedestrian marks the end to a fine year by showcasing what has seen him singled out for praise by some of the biggest bass and D&B artists around. With a surprise guest still to be announced, Room 2 has more than enough keep even the most discerning reveller entertained.
For some straight up house music, look no further than Room 3, featuring a huge lineup in it's own right featuring Waifs and Strays, Waze and Odyssey, Ejeca and PBR Streetgang. Heading up Room 3 however is the name that is on everybody lips recently and that name is Maribou State. Fellow collaborator of Pedestrian, now signed to Catz 'N Dogz influential Pets label, their headlining slot this New Year rounds off a fantastic year for the duo.
With only a matter of hours to clear the decks for WHP's inaugural NYD soirée, with a distinctly bass heavy theme, on offer is the most in demand DJs that have been doing the business this year with their releases and sets and with no less than 13 acts riding high in RA's recent poll. Heading up the lineup is Jamie Jones and Carl Craig, two of the most influential artists of recent times. They are closely followed by 2 of the most revered acts in the world today - Dixon & Ame. Performing back-to-back and riding high on the success of their respective placings in Resident Advisors much lauded poll. With Dixon scooping the top jock award, Kristian is close behind at a very respectable 16th and with Frank being runner up on RA's Live Act poll, Innervisions as a collective are ruling the underground.
Elsewhere there is further huge back-to-back sets going on, top of the list is the pairing of Ben UFO and Joy Orbison, 2 very inform DJs right now (and always), with both featuring several times for WHP this season. It will be this experience of the WHP and the countless other clubs and festivals they have clocked up this year that will enable them to deliver just the right set on the night. Other heavy hitting double acts include the Numbers double act of Jackmaster and Oneman and also Paul Woolford and Midland - following up on their incredibly well received Boiler Room set.
With the lineup for NYD reading like a who's who of House and Techno, who better to tie the 2 genres together than Maceo Plex, proving time and time again his sheer flexibility in his output and also his DJ sets. Joining him will be another double act who have been all over the place this year, New York boys The Martinez Brothers. With their imitable tough party grooves, The Martinez Brothers are also ending 2013 on a high after placing 23rd in RA's poll.
Tickets are now sold out for The Warehouse Project's New Years Day party with a very limited amount New Years Eve tickets still on sale. Buy your ticket now to avoid missing out.
Article by Stu Todd
Images courtesy of The Warehouse Project