Stop what you’re doing, get ready to pull some sickies for work, postpone the divorce, because you don’t want to miss this… Warehouse Project is back.
For 12 weeks some of the greatest DJs from across the globe will descend upon Manchester soil to grace the decks and bring the city’s underground rave scene to life.
House music souls all across the country had their alarms triple set for the 9am release of our lives in the 2013 line-up, and it definitely surpassed all expectations.
The Chemical Brothers, Richie Hawtin, Laurent Garnier, Rudimental, Nero, Axwell and Armin Van Buuren are just a few of the names on the list – not to mention Hot Chip, Chromeo and even Phoenix taking a turn.
This year’s bill is firmly reaffirming Manchester on the music map, despite the city waving a tear-filled goodbye to one of its iconic veteran underground clubs Sankeys earlier this year.
The founding ‘god’ of Warehouse Project, Sacha Lord, explained that the season has been crafted to “cater to most people’s tastes, not just your own…”
The staple dates in most people’s diaries are always the Friday and Saturday of WHP’s opening weekend, and this year’s mouth-watering schedule sees electronic dance giants Armand Van Helden and Ibiza resident Axwell of the Swedish House Mafia kicking off the season in style.
The Saturday opening looks set to be a box-office sell out- an array of blockbuster house and techno DJs including Resident Advisor’s number one DJ of 2012, Seth Troxler, Loco Dice, The Martinez Brothers and a home grown rising star in the form of Northerner Hot Since 82.
‘Warehouse Project’ has set its standard to rival residencies that have conquered party capitals of the world like Ibiza, Miami and LA- boasting giants like Sven Vath, The Chemical Brothers, Richie Hawtin, Steve Angello and flavour-of-the-moment Disclosure throughout the whole season.
The WHP geniuses have even managed to wangle the last ever European show of Chic and Nile Roger’s tour to be unleashed on Manchester soil- ‘freak out’, anyone?
Even if the weird and eerie sounds of minimal techno or the filthy screw beats of dubstep aren’t for you, Manchester’s Warehouse Project will definitely have something to get you showing off in the work canteen on Monday morning.
After all… we don’t count winter as a season in Manchester – who’s got a chill when there’s Warehouse Project to warm you up?
Last year saw the project make the big move from its iconic Store Street location under Piccadilly Station, to further out of the city at Victoria Warehouse in Salford – but my my did they silence their doubters!
One step into the Warehouse and the cold Trafford air is quickly swept off your face by a sea of ravers all streaming into a gargantuan main room electrified by incredible production and a sound system that leaves your senses numb for days.
And the WHP spell doesn’t end its enchantment there- wandering out there is a maze of narrow corridors leading to smaller, darker rooms each with their own unique sound style and nothing short of the sweaty dark rave that is exactly what you sign up for when you buy a ticket to this experience.
Check back soon for MM’s recommendations on what not to miss at 2013’s Warehouse Project…
Full line-up of Warehouse Project 2013:
Friday September 27 – Warehouse Project 2013 Opening
Axwell, Armand Van Helden, Mark Knight, MK, Thomas Gold, NO ID, Stefano Noferini, Alan Braxe, Flashmob, George Andrews, Krysko, Matt Everson
Saturday September 28 – Welcome to the Warehouse
Seth Troxler, Loco Dice, Carl Craig, Jupiter Jazz, Dixon, Davide Squillace, Joy Orbison, The Martinez Brothers, Tale of Us, Kink (live), Guti, Ejeca, Hot Since 82, PBR Streetgang
Friday October 4 – Armin Van Buuren
Armin Van Buuren, W&W, John O’Callaghan, Jochen Miller, Jordan Suckley, Lange, Menno De Jong, Craig Connelly, Beat Service, Chris Metcalfe, James Rigby
Saturday October 5 – Paradise
Jamie Jones, Maya Jane Coles, Art Department, Damian Lazarus, Infinity Ink (Live), Dyed Soundorom, Lee Foos, Cassy, Richy Ahmed, Alex Arnout b2b Clive Henry, Robert James
Russ Yallop, Digitaria
Friday October 11 – WHP & 50 Weapons presents… Modeselektion
Moderat, LFO, Pantha Du Prince, Dopplereffekt, Modeselektor DJs, Marcel Dettman, Ben Klock, Scuba, Dusky, George Fitzgerald, Kareen (live) – ft. Blawan & Pariah, Ben UFO, Zomby
Cosmin TRG, Boddika, Martyn, Benjamin Damage & Doc. Daneeka, Anstam, Greg Lord
Saturday October 12 – Rudimental Presents…
Rudimental (live), Andy C, David “Ram Jam” Rodigan, Bondax, Jazzy Jeff, Buraka som Sistema (DJ set), Gorgon City, DJ EZ, Snakehips, Darq E Freaker, Yasmin & Woz, Kidnap Kid, Scruffizer, Manik, Monki, Compa, Juicy DJs, Jonny Dub, Rich Reason, + special guest – Lee Scratch Perry
Friday October 18 – Size Matters
Steve Angello, Sunnery James & Ryan Marciano, AN 21, Third Party, Max Vangeli, Qulinex, Tim Mason, Matt Everson, Nick Coulson, Leo Slater, No Curfew
Saturday October 19 – Resident Advisor
Richie Hawtin, Nicolas Jaar (live), Seth Troxler, Heidi, Eats Everything, Subb-an, Gaiser (live), Move D, Will Saul, Kowton, Dro Carey, Akkord, IVVVO, Krysko, Nic Baird
Friday October 25 – The Knife
The Knife (live) + special guests TBA
Saturday October 26 – Curated by Julio Bashmore
Julio Bashmore, Laurent Garnier, Derrick Carter, Breach, Cassius, Bicep, Metro Area (live), Henrik Schwarz (live), FCL, Motor City Drum Ensemble, Space Dimension Controller, Velour
Jus-Ed, Karizma, Funkineven, Andres, Krysko
Friday November 1 – Bestival & WHP Presents
Hot Chip, Chic feat. Nile Rodgers (last European show of 2013), 2manydjs, Rob Da Bank, Totally Enormous Extinct Dinosaurs (DJ set), Toddla T, Aeroplane, Wazy & Odyssey, Horse Meat Disco, Maribou State, Krystal Klear, Sophie (Numbers), Pedestrian, Drop the Mustard, Now Wave DJs
Saturday November 2 – WHP & Field Day Presents: Curated by Four Tet & Caribou
Four Tet, Daphni, Madlib, DOOM, Ben UFO & Pearson Sound, Thom York (DJ set), Joy Orbison, James Holden, Floating Points, Evian Christ, Kyle Hall, Wookie, Happa, DJ Barely Legal, Iration Steppas, Jonny Dub
Friday November 8 – Annie Mac presents…
Major Lazer, Chromeo, Annie Mac, Diplo, Duke Dumont & MNEK, Cyril Hahn, Cashmere Cat, T. Williams, Shadow Child, French Fries, Erol Alkan, Daniel Avery, Nadia Ksaiba, Connan Mockasin (Dj set), Ghost Culture
Saturday November 9 – Phoenix
Phoenix, Bipolar Sunshine, Now Wave DJs, + more TBA
Friday November 22 – Curated by Disclosure
Disclosure (live), Pusha T, Breach, Bicep, Dusky, George Fitzgerald, Justin Martin, Oneman
T. Williams, Tourist (live), Zed Bias, Krysko, Greg Lord, Now Wave DJs
Saturday November 23 – Chibuku
Nero, Boys Noize, Redlight (live), Gesaffelstein, Jack Beats, B-Traits, Jaguar Skills, Shy FX, Breakage b2b Dismantle, Mista Jam, Friction, P Money, Mele, Northbase, Jackmaster, Spencer, DJ EZ, Paul Woolford
Friday November 29 – Hospitality
Netsky (DJ set), Camo & Krooked, High Contrast, Danny Byrd, SPY, Fred V & Graffix, Nu:Logic, Etherwood, Zinc, Mark Pritchard feat Trim & the Ragga Twins, Dub Phizix, Strategy, Mele, Hannah Wants, Roska & Jamie George, Paleman, Indigo, Calibre, d-Bridge, Enei & Kasra, Krust, Klute, Foreign Concept
Saturday November 30 – WHP & Paxahau presents: Movement
Sven Vath, Loco Dice, Maya Jane Coles, Nina Kravitz, Chris Liebling, Marcel Dettman, Adam Beyer, Damian Lazarus, Scuba, Chez Damier, Joy Orbison, Levon Vincent, Kyle Hall, Andrew Weatherall, Jay Daniel, Means&3rd, Gred Lord & Krysko
Friday December 6 – Bugged Out!
The Chemical Brothers (DJ set), Dave Clarke, Eats Everything, Erol Alkan, Bicep, Optimo
Boddika, Hot Since 82, Trevino, Gerd Janson, Justin Robertson, James Holroyd, Greg Lord, Krysko
Saturday December 7 – Circo Loco
Dyed Soundorom, Dan Ghecacia & Shonky, Dixon, Davide Squillace, The Martinez Brothers, Cassy, Mathias Tanzmann, Rich Ahmed, DJ Qu, Tania Vulcano, Mano le Tough, Cirillo, Delano Smith, Boris Werner, Andrew Grant, System of Survival
Friday December 13 – WHP & Now Wave Presents: Sounds of the Near Future
Flying Lotus, Captain Murphy (European Debut, exclusive), Rustie, Lapalux, J-Rocc, Eclair Fifi, Jamie XX, John Talabot, Cashmere Cat, Kutmah, xxxy, Jon K, Eliphino, Two Inch Punch, Illum Sphere, Chris Read, Jonny Dub, Rich Furness, Andrew Hill
Saturday December 14 – Heidi Presents: The Jackathon
Heidi, Kerri Chandler, Cajmere, Magda, Deetron, Skream, Jimmy Edgarl, Jackmaster, Dusky
Huxley, Hot Since 82, Catz n Dogz, Kim Ann Foxman, Alexis Raphael, Citizen, Krysko, Pirate Copy + special guests Azari & III
Saturday December 28 – Diynamic
Solomun, Stimming (live), David August, H.O.S.H. Karmon, Nick Curly, Adana Twins, Pirate Copy, Oliver Drops, Leon Riley, Under DJs, Pete Zorba + more TBA
Tuesday 31 December – NYE event
To be announced.
January 1 – The Closing Party
To be announced.
Image courtesy of WHP trailer via YouTube, with thanks.