Countdown to the final Warehouse Project at Manchester’s Store Street begins…

By Stephen Sumner

The final series of the Warehouse Project at Store Street kicks off on 17 September on typically astonishing form. WHP veteran DJ Shadow headlines, with support by acts such as Skream, SBTRKT and Hudson Mohawke.

The ever-eclectic lineup for the 32-night run includes names such as Annie Mac, Ms Dynamite, Four Tet, Armin Van Buuren, Calvin Harris, Nero, The Horrors, Boys Noize, Eric Prydz, Aphex Twin, Fake Blood, Pete Tong, Foals… I could go on.  

WHP at Store Street closes with a marathon 17-hour New Years Day finale and yet another spectacular line-up of big-hitters in the world of dance and electronic music: Laurent Garnier, Derrick Carter and Jamie Jones.

The club night is starting its sixth and last year at the site, under Piccadilly Station – at the heart of the city and of the underground scene. Year after year, tens of thousands of ravers flock from across the country to the warehouse doors.

This isn’t the end of WHP altogether, just at Store Street. When and where it will return is yet to be confirmed.

Whatever happens, admit that “Manchester’s clubbing calendar just wouldn’t feel the same without it”.

Until its return the memory of the club night will keep it alive. The success of the project made organisers more and more adventurous. 2011 saw the second Parklife Festival at Platt Fields, and a repurposing of a truly stellar night-time venue: the telescope at Jodrell Bank.

For twelve weeks this city belongs to Warehouse Project.

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