DESTINATION NIGHTCLUB: WAREHOUSE PROJECT
A closer look at Manchester’s biggest underground music venue
A Brief History of One of England’s Most Stunning Venues
The Warehouse Project was first conceived 13 years ago in Manchester, England. With a nod to Manchester’s firmly laid roots in industry and manufacturing, the brand’s earliest inception of club nights were held in the rather unique setting of a derelict brewery.
But despite it’s decade-plus tenure as one of northwest England’s premier party brands, The Warehouse Project has been known for calling more than a few locations home. Moving on from its initial location, it was decided that WHP would switch to another abstract venue, establishing a new home in a former air raid shelter on Store Street, next to Manchester Piccadilly railway station.
After four years, plans were announced for the series of events to take place at Victoria Warehouse, within the vicinity of Old Trafford football stadium, which is home to Manchester United.
But not everyone was excited about the move to Victoria Warehouse. Clubbers were vocal in their disappointment when Store Street was to no longer continue as the host venue. But after two seasons in its third home, how happy clubbers were when the organizers insisted they would return to their “spiritual home” one last time for the 2014 season.
However, changes to their proposed new location ensured Store Street was to remain as the undisputed home of one of the biggest rave centres in the United Kingdom.
As soon as you step foot inside it is impossible to escape just how many different areas comprise this fascinating venue. Walking past numerous pillars, which beautifully reflect the history of the place, you are faced with the main stage.
This area alone is capable of hosting the biggest parties but venture along the labyrinth of intertwining pathways and you’ll come across two other areas, which are conducive to a more intimate atmosphere.
Standing from afar and admiring how grand the makeup of the main room is can sometimes mean you forget how versatile this location is.
At a time when parties are oversaturated but quality venues are few and far between, The Warehouse Project marries set and setting in an intimate way. The space itself is a respectful testament to the spirit rave culture’s heyday, but does so in an elevated (and safe) way.
Many of the world’s biggest DJs, across a range of genres including house, techno and drum n bass, have taken to the decks in this esteemed Manchester music mecca.
There was also a brief tilt towards progressive house during the days when Victoria Warehouse hosted WHP, with names like W & W, Steve Angello, and Diplo all stopping by to showcase their turntable talents.
Since returning to Store Street the brand has focused events predominantly around house and techno, welcoming world-renowned brands like Elrow, Ibiza juggernaut Circoloco and Adam Beyer‘s Drumcode imprint. For fans that are willing to criss-cross the globe to partake in the best parties, The Warehouse Project certainly books top talent.
The 2017 Season Was a Stunner
Frequenting one of the many stellar events on the WHP calendar has been an absolute necessity for me over the past several years, with last year proving no different.
The night which left the biggest impression would have to be when the behemoth DnB label, Ram Records, stopped off in Manchester as part of a tour celebrating 25 years since Andy C’s grand vision was first realized.
The whole evening culminated in a truly salivating experience, as some of the biggest bass music connoisseurs like Camo & Krooked, Noisia, and Delta Heavy sent the place into rapture.
One of the other reasons why this night proved to be such a monumental highlight for me was how many heavyweight artists performed. You only had to see the gargantuan b2b2b involving Loadstar, DC Breaks, and Mind Vortex in room three to understand how impressive the line up was.
10 out of 10 – Would Recommend
Seeking out the world’s greatest hobbies is definitely a hobby for members of the dance music community. Although big production and bottle popping VIP service does cater to a specific type of clientele, The Warehouse Project offers fuss-free music with a space that encapsulates everything that makes this subculture so near and dear to our hearts.
With the Fall 2018 events yet to be announced, there’s still plenty of time to start planning your trip to Manchester. Head over to the thewarehouseproject.com to stay up to date on everything WHP!
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