Now at it’s new home in Trafford Park, moving on from the car park beneath Piccadilly Train Station Manchester’s Warehouse Project has been the largest, most ambitious annual series of clubnights since its inception in 2006. Consistently bringing high profile billings; they manage to bring together massive mainstream and leftfield artists/DJs to oversee what becomes a unique half-concert, half-rave.
This morning at 9am this year’s line-up was finally announced. Open almost every Friday and Saturday from the end of September to the new year, they haven’t let us down with a whole array of artists who will attract a vast audience to it’s doors.
The opening night on the 28th September has a long long list of acts, from Katy B to Lianne La Havas to Skream. The next day sees the rave kick in with Nicolas Jaar and Maya Jane Coles bringing the sounds amongst others.
SBTRKT curates and headlines a night on the 6th October with a stellar line up including Four Tet, Caribou (DJ Set) and XXXY.
Bugged Out! gives us Simian Mobile Disco, Boys Noize and Spank Rock while the day after has an almighty DJ line up. Sub Focus, Benga, DJ Jazzy Jeff, Shy FX, Toddla T and DJ EZ will all be bringing their skills to Manchester on the 13th October.
The next weekend sees Bloc Party take to the stage on the Friday with Armin Van Buuren and Paul Van Dyk playing to all the Trance lovers on the Saturday.
Totally Enormous Extinct Dinosaurs will bring his show to town with a line up curated by himself. With acts like The 2 Bears, Todd Terje and a DJ set from Jack (Friendly Fires) & Edwin (Foals) this could be a cracking night for all lucky enough to get a ticket.
For the mainstream dub step and D&B fans then the event on 3rd November will be a highlight. With Chase & Status, DJ Fresh, Beardyman and Ms Dynamite in the main room and Friction, Loadstar and Fabio & Grooverider in the second room, expect to sweat. Room 3 is special “Made in Manchester” lineup featuring Broke’N'English and Jenna G.
November also have acts like Jamie XX, Laidback Luke and Eddie Halliwell. Hospitality are also curating a night with Netsky, High Contrast, Andy C & GQ and a load more drum & bass music to please any fan.
Annie Mac also curates a stage with Magnetic Man and the awesome Justice (soon to be headlining the Radio 1 stage at Leeds Festival) headlining. Room 2 will see Skream return for a 3hour set. Legends in the dance music scene Orbital will be headlining on the 1st September.
Finally, December sees some truly huge names playing. The Chemical Brothers, James Murphy, Fatboy Slim, Basement Jaxx and a special “25 Years of Laurent Garnier” will see tickets fly. The New Year’s Eve and New Years Day shows are still TBC but expect big things.
If you still have money left after your festivals, then there is no reason not to go to at least one of these shows. Manchester is doing it big.
words by Daniel Savage (@nosauceplease)
Full line up here: thewarehouseproject.com