Gig review: MK @ Warehouse Project, Manchester

After hitting the number one spot on the UK Singles Chart with his remix of Storm Queens dancefloor hit, Look Right Through, superstar DJ MK has racked up a string of impressive headline slots around the world at record pace.

Earlier this year the deep house disc jockey – real name Marc Kinchen – was in town to play Manchester’s Park Life Festival, which provided a summer highlight for many of the city’s music lovers.

On Friday night, 10 weeks into the Warehouse Project’s 2014 season, the American producer was back in the city to play another huge sell-out gig.

After warm up performances from Krysko and Route94, the producer arrived on stage, dressed in a Tshirt and jeans, to rapturous applause from the crowd and kicked off a non-stop 90-minute set.

Revellers raised their hands in the air and began clambering on each other’s shoulders as the sound system pumped out electronic beats, accompanied by an extravagant lighting display.

Renowned for taking ordinary pop tracks and turning them into dancefloor anthems, it’s clear MK knows how to get the crowd going.

With a back catalogue of remixed tracks including Route 94’s Always and Sky Ferreira’s Everything Is Embarrassing, it seems the Detroit born DJ is spoilt for choice when it comes to patching together his set, although none of his club favourites go unheard.

In April this year, a remix of My Head Is A Jungle by German producer Wankelmut and singer Emma Louise track, racked up 4,316,057 views on YouTube and became one of the most played tracks on the party island of Ibiza.

And it felt like the producer had brought a ray of the San Antonio Bay sunshine to Manchester, as the infectious summer hit earned Kinchen one of the biggest cheers of the night. 

Despite the huge crowd, MK looked at ease behind the decks and continued to drop hit after hit, only pausing to thank the crowd packed inside one of his ‘favourite places’. 

Now in its eighth year Warehouse Project remains Manchester’s most-loved club and continues to grow from strength to strength by attracting the biggest names in the industry.

Despite the 5000 capacity, it feltlike we were here partying in secret, hidden beneath the hustle and bustle of Picadilly Station.  

WHP is a place you can come, forget your worries and the stress of the working week and quite literally dance your troubles away – and thanks to DJs like MK you only have to close your eyes to be transported to your favourite party holiday destination.

Although the temperature outside the warehouse couldn’t have been further from the climate on the White Island, inside the sweat was quite literally dripping from the roof but the infectious beats made it almost impossible to stand still.

Looking around the room it became clear the girls dressed in denim shorts and crop-tops, who looked massively out of place queuing in the cold, had the right idea.

Image courtesy of BBC Radio 1, via YouTube, with thanks.

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