Manchester’s Albert Hall has played host to some impressive acts since the powers that be at Warehouse Project decided to use the iconic venue for some of its more refined acts. From DJ Harvery and Marco Carola to Chase and Status, Pendulum and even Moderat, the last few years has seen an eclectic selection of acts ply their trade at the 105 year old venue since it was renovated for gigs in 2012.
Whilst these acts are all of the highest ilk, surely none have been more suited to the building’s gothic aesthetic than Jamie xx. Fresh from his Mercury Music Prize nomination for In Colour, Smith turned up mob handed with fellow London DJ, Tasker, to give Manchester a splash of the south on a weekend jam packed with electronic treats across the city.
Huge Weekend In Manchester
With Major Lazer playing just down the road at the Academy, a trip down the road for Jamie xx to finish off his night at Store Street and Saturday’s instalment at the Albert Hall from none other than Hot Chip; this was certainly not a weekend to be missed. There was certainly an air of excitement around Manchester’s pubs and bars on the 16th October as people prepared for a sublime showcase of talent.
It seemed very fitting that a venue so grand and elegant would be graced with Jamie xx on this special weekend and the atmosphere conveyed just that. It was an early performance by Warehouse Project standards and the vibe certainly had air of that Friday feeling about it, with many revellers clearly arriving straight from work and in much need of a beer and the dulcet beats of a DJ firmly at the top of his game.
Tasker set the scene beautifully and got the Albert Hall crowd in the ideal frame of mind. It was just after 9pm when Jamie made his appearance, cue the usual flurry of iPhones and the clamour to get the best shots in before the set got underway. What followed was very reminiscent of his recent performance at Glastonbury but in a setting far eerier and befitting, it was one of the Warehouse Project’s most unique atmospheres and one truly had to be there to get it.
The set flew by as the best ones always do and it seemed like just half an hour before the lights went on and Jamie xx was off down the road to cater for a far different proposition – but his work was done and done with aplomb. A Warehouse classic.
It is well worth reiterating that this was a performance by a 26 year old firmly at the pinnacle of his trade. With two imperious The xx albums alongside Romy Madley croft and more recently, Oliver Sim, to his name, an acclaimed collaboration with Gil-Scott Heron and a burgeoning reputation as one of the best live DJ’s on the circuit, Jamie xx is surely right next to James Blake as the best of young British musicians and producers.
If you were there to see this performance you were certainly one of the lucky ones. Choosing between Major Lazer and Jamie xx that night was a painful decision for the Debutant team, but one that was certainly vindicated. We will be at a range of Warehouse Project events this season before the big New Year’s finale, so keep an eye out for more reviews just like this one.
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