For 12 weeks, the city is ours…

Manchester Warehouse Project has delivered a pretty stunning set of line-ups for this year’s season. While I would like to ideally attend about 16 out of the 21 nights WHP are hosting, I’ve shortlisted it down to about 4-5 events. In particular I hope to make it to the 20th Oct, 9th Nov, 1st Dec, and 13th Dec. See you there. (A full list of the line-ups can be found here: http://www.thewarehouseproject.com/calendar.php).

I don’t need to mention my disapproval  at the way the Skrillex event sold out in a matter of days in light of the other nights available, but then again it’ll be a different crowd of people – the same goes for the Bloc Party curation (I have to admit I’ve not seen him live so there is a natural prejudice and general negativity to Sonny Moore that has manifested from a lot of Skrillex-bashing I’ve read and seen on the internet). I suppose in respects to this WHP have done a good job in catering for a number of different tastes, and booking in a solid line-up for Annie Mac Presents – no matter how bait it might end up being – as well as a Hospitality take over, means ‘underground’ music can become increasingly accessible to people who are still fairly new to electronic music. The WHP is so fundamentally in tune with electronic music’s roots that we swarm at this – almost – novelty; the fact that it’s about going to this rave in a warehouse with repetitive but strangely satisfying music while you’re in room where almost everyone is on something, is – jokes aside – an experience we all wait for and look forward to during our every day lives; for that once-in-a-while weekend where we can really experience it for ourselves in full hedonist excess. Ironically, authentic Warehouse-culture is something we will never be able to relive as was practiced during the glory years, ’89-’93, but at least we can try to respectfully emulate it in some way or another…

Big names I’ve been waiting to see for some time include: Armin van Buuren, Flying Lotus, Floating Points, Illum Sphere, Modeselektor, Chris Liebing, Marcel Dettman, Damien Lazarus, and Maceo Plex. Gutted to be missing Carl Cox, Nicholas Jaar, and Richie Hawtin among others, but it’s easy to get greedy with these things, especially in such an affluent environment as the UK. As the events draw nearer I will be posting about specific events and DJs in more detail…
Watching the promo video only adds to the hype, enjoy it here:

*The track ID for this video is ‘How Can You Swallow So Much Sleep‘ by Bombay Bicycle Club, with Scuba on the remix. Listen to the full version here:

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