The kids are back in school, the cricket season is coming to an end and Champions League football is back upon us. These things unfortunately herald the end of yet another summer and whilst many of us may be consumed with dread at the prospect of another five months of Manchester wind, rain and more rain; we can at least look forward to the another superb Warehouse Project season.
The Debutant is your new home of music news and reviews, particularly in Manchester and we have managed to get our sparkling new site ready for your 9th instalment of the Warehouse Project. Here is our preview of the 4 events that we think will define this year’s WHP programme.
With just two weeks until the UK’s most iconic rave gets back underway, what better a time to profile some of our country’s best DJing talent?
‘For Twelve Weeks This City Is Ours…’
Saturday 5th December
When it comes to Manchester bands, they don’t come much bigger than New Order. The Factory Records royalty have recently released their tenth studio album, the first in 14 years to involve the undeniably influential Gillian Gilbert. Music Complete has been receiving some remarkable plaudits, making their appearance at Warehouse Project all the more exciting. Add to that the plethora of exciting talent supporting them, from Erol Alkan and Factory Floor to Horse Meat Disco and Will Tramp! and you have yourself what promises to be a Warehouse Project classic.
Line-Up: New Oder, Erol Alkan, Factory Floor, Horse Meat Disco, Mike Pickering, Will Tramp!, Now Wave DJs
8pm – 3am
Friday 16th October
This gig is somewhat unique in that it takes Warehouse Project to the unfamiliar setting of Manchester Academy but this one promises to be pretty special; as any dedicated Major Lazer fans will know, these events are known to go off.
Their new album Peace Is The Mission was released just a few months ago and has been well received by critics and the media, so expect a night to remember.
If you like your electronic reggae and dancehall vibes, then Diplo, Jillionaire, Walshy and Fire are well worth an evening of your time this Warehouse season.
Line-Up: Major Lazer, Special Guests.
7pm – 11pm
Friday 16th October
Jamie XX is pretty hot property right now. With two sublime XX albums under his belt, his own studio albums and an unforgettable collaboration with Gil Scot Heron as well as a burgeoning reputation as one of the UK’s finest musicians and DJ’s; it has been a pretty impressive career to date for the London based remix artist and producer.
His current album In Colour is dominating the Indie charts in the UK, Australia and New Zealand and his festival sets, not least at Glastonbury, have also been earning rave reviews. With this in mind, Friday 16th October looks set to be unforgettable as Jamie XX plays two sets in one night.
Jamie will play at the iconic Albert Hall with special guests early doors before heading to Warehouse Project classic Sounds of the Near Future to accompany such names as Bonobo and George Fitzgerald.
With this and an exciting Major Lazer night going down just down Oxford Road at Manchester Academic, 16th October looks set to become one of the biggest nights in Warehouse Project history!
Line-Up: Bonobo, George Fitzgerald, Jamie XX, Nocturnal Sunshine, SG Lewis, Tasker, Hugo Massien, Mumdance, Powell, Special Request, XL DJ’s, Zomby.
9pm – 5am
Saturday 31st October
Halloween at Warehouse Project this year promises to be simply massive. A quintessential Bugged Out line-up has been assembled headlined by Tiga with his brand new show and DJ sets from the likes of Artwork and Daniel Avery. Leon Vynehall and a back-to-back set from none other than Paul Woolford and Gerd Janson make up a spooktacular night at WHP this Halloween. Oh and look out for the legend that is Carl Craig too! Click here to buy tickets.
Line-Up: Carl Craig, Tiga, Skream, Daniel Avery, Paul Woolford B2B Gerd Janson, Leon Vynehall, Artwork, Felix Dickinson, Moxie, James Holroyd, Hackett, Lemmy Ashton.
9pm – 5am
Find The After Party
For those of you out there who think that five hours of raving isn’t quite enough, Afterlife continues in earnest. As the official Warehouse Project after party, this one may not be for the feint hearted but is always full of utterly committed revelers. Afterlife can be found at South Club and gets going at around 4am until late, you can find out more at www.afterlifemcr.com.
WHP Season To Remember
So, there you have it, there are The Debutant’s four Warehouse Project 2015 picks. Of course there are all sorts of fantastic artists turning out this year from Joy Orbison to Seth Troxler and many, many more. Remember that we also have the exciting New Year’s extravaganza announcements still to look forward to. You will be able to find out everything you need to know right here at Manchester’s new home of music news. Why not follow us on Facebook and Twitter to ensure you don’t miss a thing?
The Warehouse Project | Store Street | Manchester | ENGLAND M1 2GH | United Kingdom