A Wild Night at the Warehouse
Do you like a bit of House? Is techno your bag? Are you partial to a bit of trance? Does Electro get you going? At Manchester’s ‘ The Warehouse Project’, you can have it all!’ A seasonal club that is around for just 12 weeks each year between September and New Years Day, there is definitely a ‘limited time only’ feel to the place,! Just make sure you get your tickets well in advance, as they shift like wildfire!
The Manchester music scene has long been established as one of the very best, with a number of major artists and bands, such as Oasis and The Smiths, coming from the city. The Warehouse Project has only added to this, providing a club night that represents Manchester for what it is, a musical haven. Since its creation by Sasha Lord-Marchionne and Sam Kandel in 2006, who both had previous involvement with the Sankeys nightclub, The Warehouse project has gone from strength to strength, and has become possibly Manchester’s most influential club, where new and developing music movements are nurtured; this has helped to attract numerous performers and visitors from all around to sample the fantastic atmosphere on offer.
Voted as one of the top 20 clubs in the world in 2013 by DJ magazine, the Manchester party institution is known for placing well-known DJ’s alongside less established artists; so you can sample the mixes of such internationally acclaimed acts as Annie Mac, Fat Boy Slim or Pete Tong whilst being amongst the first to see the ‘next big thing.’ Each day brings a different event, from long-running club nights like Bugged out to Drum and Bass specialists ‘Hospitality’; from the Ibiza ‘Space’ experience to the Australian dance music duo ‘Knifeparty’. So research is imperative, in order to pick the night that will suit you the most. Be sure to check out the selection of merchandise on offer, there are several different items that will really put the icing on the cake for you and will add to your memories of the night, purchase one from a range of hoodies, t-shirts and vests, or take home a Warehouse project photo book, dog tag or umbrella!
The underground venue has also held a number of live concerts, attracting a number of illustrious recording artists and world-class bands. The likes of Dizzee Rascal, Jamiroquai, De La Soul and Mancunian heroes ‘The Happy Mondays’ have all graced the stage of the UK’s biggest nightclub. Such acts have helped to develop the reputation of The Warehouse Project and have definitely had a hand in it developing into the ‘must-see’ event of today.
The nightclub also does it’s bit for charity, giving exposure to companies like The Joshua Wilson Brain Tumour Charity, Cash for Kids and charity for the homeless ‘Booth Centre’ through the sponsorship of their events. The team is constantly looking to improve, moving venue on the odd occasion for a variety of reasons, increasing and cutting down the lineup when it suits, and with stricter drug testing, The Warehouse project is safer than it has ever been. Be sure to bring your ID, as the club operates under a strict ‘challenge 21’ policy, and get there before 10:30pm, otherwise you probably won’t get in!
When the club isn’t open, you can also get a taste of The Warehouse Project from the comfort of your own home; SoundCloud have developed a series of mixes from some of the best electronic acts to feature over the years, from A Guy Called Gerald, to BBC Radio 1 residency. This is a sure fire way to get you pumped for your night underground!
By Calum Drewsbury