Warehouse Project Opening - Review

Words by: Marcus Barnes
Posted: 8/10/12 9:22

Warehouse Project Opening - Review
At the end of last year, the team behind the Warehouse Project announced that their Store Street venue underneath Piccadilly station was to be no more. Some people thought this meant the end of Warehouse Project altogether, but of course it wasn't the end – just the beginning in fact, as the event moved to a new, far bigger location earlier this year. Word came back to me claiming the new venue had to be seen to be believed with even higher production values, a gargantuan main room and plenty more besides. Having been to the original location I found it a little difficult to imagine just how it could get any bigger or better, so I headed back up to Manchester for the opening weekend of the new season at the new warehouse to see for myself.

Before I had even set on foot on northern soil the line-up alone had me salivating, three rooms of music from some of the scene's finest DJs – Maya Jane Coles back-to-back with Heidi, Bicep, Four Tet, Seth Troxler, Maceo Plex, Ben Klock, Julio Bashmore, Soul Clap, Andrew Weatherall... the list was seemingly endless. Because of the size of the line-up, WHP started at 7.30pm – a bit early by anyone's standards, however, there was a hardcore of ravers who entered the venue at that time and, by the time we arrived just before 9pm, it was already pretty busy. A guided tour took us through the club, checking out the Main Room – a beast of a space, where (later) over 4,000 people would be raving. It was jaw-droppingly impressive. We then passed by Room Three, and Room Two, both of which were pretty cool – especially Room Two, a narrow space full of pillars, perfect for a dark, sweaty rave.

Much of the early part of our night was spent in the Boiler Room, where Soul Clap, Heidi, Justin Robertson and Andrew Weatherall got busy. As time went on, the room began living up to its name and temperatures rose as more and more people piled in, more often than not seeming to want to get on camera than actually check out the music that was being played. Each to their own I guess.

Nicolas JaarOutside, in Room Three Bicep worked through some chunky house jams and progressed into a bit of garage with the Stanton Warriors mix of Zak Toms Bring Me Down, a proper dancefloor smasher. At this point, the main room was still warming up and the club was filling up pretty quickly.

In fact, by the time Nicolas Jaar came on stage in the main room, it was fill to the brim, and made for quite a sight. Some compare it to an indoor festival, I see it more like a concert, an intense, adrenalin-fueled concert.

Because of the ridiculous-ness of the line-up, we found ourselves flitting from one room to another in an attempt to catch everyone, rather than settling on just one person. Highlights included Scuba's dip into the brutal end of techno in Room 2 (which was built for brutal techno), and Four Tet bringing the house down in the main room... somehow he managed to get from Daphni's Ye Ye to Oh No (The Sentimental Things) by So Solid! Ever the enterprising DJ, it was unsurprising, but still quite a novel set.
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Four TetWalking around the venue, one thing that really stood out was the logistics behind the whole operation. Well-trained staff at every turn, dealing with a huge influx of people in various states (many obviously off their tits), but somehow keeping it all running smoothly and managing to maintain a professional approach. How they don't lose their tempers with people is beyond me, but I guess that's a key factor in the job they do. Hats off to them.

With the main room heaving with bodies, we held on after Four Tet to catch Maceo Plex in action. His fanbase is huge, as is his musical arsenal, and what followed was a masterclass in dancefloor destruction. He powered through a high-energy set full of bombs, mostly it seemed his own productions. At certain points a primal roar emitted from the entire room, as he dropped one big track after another.

By the end of the set, the temperature had risen – what had been a slightly frosty, empty room five hours earlier had been transformed into a baking hot, sweaty pit full of more 4,000 bodies all jostling for position to dance like there's no tomorrow.

Watching the show from beginning to end we really got a good idea of the level of production, the lasers, the LED screens, the sound system... all of which were second to none and spectacular at times.

Heidi and Maya Jane ColesSeth Troxler was up after Maceo Plex, though we headed over to Room Two to catch a first – Heidi and Maya Jane Coles back-to-back. Their set fit the room perfectly; aggressive, hard-edged and relentless... and oh so hot. Room Two's lack of ventilation meant that it became an absolute sauna, with everyone dripping with sweat by the end. In fact, it was a testament to the two ladies' endurance that they made it through to the end without collapsing.

Seth, who was celebrating his birthday, having already played Leeds and Liverpool that night, finished his set with the huge Shamen anthem Ebeneezer Goode – a cheeky nod to many of those in the crowd who had indulged in a little bit more than a drink.

For some, the rave continued at After Life, the official after-party for Warehouse Project. Located at South nightclub, it was still pretty busy at 7am, with music being played both inside and out in the brilliant terrace area.

The new WHP venue is mightily impressive and strictly for the headstrong. If you're thinking of going be prepared for an intense, but very enjoyable night which in my opinion could benefit from less people.

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Warehouse Project - Next

Friday 12th October
Bugged out!
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Saturday 13th October
Ape birthday
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Friday 19th October
Curated by Bloc Party
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Saturday 20th October
The Warehouse Project Presents
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Friday 26th October
A Halloween special
Curated by Totally Enormous Extinct Dinosaurs
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Friday 2nd November
Cocoon
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Saturday 3rd November
10 Years Of Metropolis
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Thursday 8th November
Dhp Concerts Presents Animal Collective
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Friday 9th November
The Warehouse Project X Red Bull Music Academy
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Saturday 10th November
Laidback Luke
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Friday 23rd November
Hospitality
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Saturday 24th November
Hot Creations Presents Paradise
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Friday 30th November
Annie Mac presents
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Saturday 1st December
Resident advisor
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Thursday 6th December
Skrillex
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Saturday 8th December
The Warehouse Project Presents
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Thursday 13th December
Soulwaxmas
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Friday 14th December
All Gone Pete Tong
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Saturday 15th December
Crosstown Rebels Presents Rebel Rave
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Sunday 16th December
The warehouse project presents 25 years of Laurent garnier
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Monday 31st December
New Years Eve at the Warehouse Project
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Tuesday 1st January
Closing Party
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