Since 2006, The Warehouse Project has been raising the bar in terms of UK nightlife. Taking place annually from September to New Year’s Day in a warehouse space (hence the name) in Manchester, the project hosts world class bands and DJs while creating the kind of hedonistic atmosphere that the best nights are made of.
The project opens its doors once more this month at their current Store Street location. Here’s why you need to get on the first train down there, and the acts you won’t want to miss.
Its planet-crushing line-ups
This weekend features Seth Troxler, Jackmaster and Heidi – three DJs used to working crowds of sweaty ravers. Upcoming delights include Major Lazer, Jamie xx and Skrillex.
There’s a proper warehouse vibe
It’s not called The Warehouse Project for nothing. The current location in Store Street is a former air-raid shelter and becomes a real rave cavern every September.
Manchester’s clubbing heritage
Two words: The Haçienda. Its legendary associations with Madchester and bands such as Happy Mondays, The Stone Roses and New Order loom large over Manchester. That club and many others (Paradise Factory, Electric Chair) have made the city synonymous with dance culture, and The Warehouse Project have taken up the mantle with an iconic venue, electric atmosphere and legendary acts playing year in, year out.
It’s not too cool for school
They’ve got room for everyone, from underground types only the most dedicated hipsters have heard of to big chart dance acts like Sigma. Foals, Florence and MIA have all played.
It’s only on for three months a year
The Project’s temporary nature is part of its allure, as it means packing so many headline acts into a short spell… and also that it’s always pissing down outside.
This year’s line-up highlights
Skepta & JME
Saturday, October 3
Run The Jewels/ Toddla T
Friday, October 30
Friday, November 6
New Order/ Erol Alkan
Saturday, December 5
Mark Ronson/ Hudson Mohawke
Friday, December 11
Buy tickets at thewarehouseproject.com