The Warehouse Project (WHP) in Manchester is back, and kicking off the final series at the Store Street venue was the internationally acclaimed DJ Shadow.
Saturday took WHP into its final stretch at the underground site with the appropriately named opening night ‘The Beginning Of The End’.
DJ Shadow headlined the event as one of the most influential figures in electronic music over the last 15 years.
Performing his Live From The Shadowsphere show, the set displayed visuals projected onto a giant sphere from which he performed inside.
IN THE SHADOWSPHERE: DJ Shadow put on an impressive show
Ex-Sankey’s event organiser Sacha Lord-Marchionne said he is looking forward to another eventful and successful season, especially since 2011-12 will be the last one at the current location.
“Ticket sales are going well and this last year here is looking good for an exciting final series at Store Street,” he said.
The stage was also host to a variety of live acts including British DJs SBTRK and Skream.
SBTRK tweeted after the following day: “Last night was ace. Shout to skream, pokes, jackmaster, falty dl, hudson, africa hitech, illum sphere, jonny dub, hit&run and WHP!”
KICKING IT OFF: The setlist for The Beginning of the End
Resident DJs Hudson Mohawke and Juicy DJs also played the event which sold out the 1,800 capacity venue.
This year’s 34 events offer a plethora of top dance and electronic music from leading players from all over the world.
WHP announced the move in July 2011 and for the moment the new venue is being kept under wraps.
Barman Sarah Quinn, 21, who has worked with WHP for the past three years, expects 2011 ‘to be better and more lively’ as the Store Street venue enters its final lap.
A dedicated team of bar staff, organisers and security have been put together to make every one of WHP’s events special.
A security guard said: “We need to make sure we do out job properly because people come here for a good time.”
TURNOUT: The fans were out in force for the first night of the last
WHP made its first move on Manchester back in 2006 originally hosted at a disused Boddingtons’ Brewery in Strangeways.
Since then WHP has moved to Store Street, transforming a car park under Piccadilly rail station into an underground warren of house, techno and Drum and Bass.
The night showcased WHPs newest features inside the raw underground club with six bars and two main rooms with live music being played throughout the seven-hour event.
Extra toilets have been added in response to last year’s feedback along with a revamped chill-out room sponsored by Puma Social.
The room is home to an additional bar and a large seating area with a wooden hut housing a television for those fancying a break from the hype of the main arena.
Adjoining the space is a brand new games room with foosball and ping-pong tables.
Other features returning to the mix include face-painting and a merchandise stand selling hoodies and t-shirts.
Tickets for all other events are now on sale. Visit http://www.thewarehouseproject.com/ for more details.
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