The Warehouse Project boss ‘devastated’ following death of a man at Manchester venue

Promoter Sacha Lord-Marchionne said the death of a 30-year-old man could be linked to a "bad batch" of drugs currently circulating in the North West

The director of popular Manchester venue The Warehouse Project has said he is “devastated” following the death of a 30-year-old man at the venue on Friday night (September 27).

Five other people in attendance at the 5,000-capacity club were admitted to hospital after taking a drug believed to be ecstasy, local police confirmed. These people are said not to be in danger but some of them are still being treated.

“Everyone at The Warehouse Project are absolutely devastated about the news and our condolences are with the man’s family,” Sacha Lord-Marchionne, Director, The Warehouse Project said in a statement. “We put every possible measure and provision in place during the events and work closely with all the authorities in the planning stages to avoid these terrible situations arising. The police have suggested that this may be have been the latest of a spate of similar incidents, and be from a bad batch of drugs currently circulating in the North West. Whether your coming to The Warehouse Project or anywhere else for a night out, we urge people to take care and look out for their friends, and seek assistance as soon possible if you feel unwell.”

Detective Inspector Aaron Duggan previously told the BBC: “We have now launched an investigation to establish the circumstances leading up to his death. It is possible that there may be a particularly bad batch of drugs out there in the community and that is a concern to us.”

DI Duggan also advised anyone present at The Warehouse Project last night who is feeling unwell to go to hospital for a check-up as soon as possible.

DJs playing at the popular Manchester venue on Friday included Axwell and Armand Van Helden. Disclosure, Rudimental, The Knife and Chic featuring Nile Rodgers are all booked to perform at The Warehouse Project during October and November.