With so many Warehouse Project events to choose from, TNG are here to give you a low down of the ones not to miss!
1.WELCOME TO THE WAREHOUSE
Saturday 22nd September, Store Street
Warehouse Project kicks off their new season with extended opening hours that will see the space open day and night, giving DJs the space to transport their sound into thrilling, unexplored terrain. The opening headliners need little introduction- Seth Troxler, Dixon and Peggy Gou are master selectors, veterans of Warehouse Project that perfectly sum up the seasons ethos; drawing on the rich history of house and techno whilst constantly pushing the sound into the future. They are joined by other WHP favourites; Midland trading techno bombs with Roman Flugel, Lone with his deep, cerebral melodies, Or:La with her love of fractured beat science, and the Dekmantel Soundsystem exploring the connections between soul, jazz and deep dance music.
2.SOLARDO PRESENTS HIGHER
Saturday 29th September, Store Street
Hometown heroes Solardo are on hand to headline a triumphant line up of house talent. Solardo themselves have spent the last three years on a constant upward trajectory, with Beatport number #1s, and records released with Elrow, MTA, Green Velvet and more telling their own story of a duo heading for global success. They’re joined by Dirtybird main man Claude VonStroke with his own brand of bumping house, Heidi working through acid, disco and techno, Paul Woolford’s rave indebted floor fillers and Dense & Pika’s warehouse techno. Meanwhile, Mancunian forward thinking house label Sola Records take over in Room 2 with a headlining slot from Huxley.
3.ROSS FROM FRIENDS (Live)
Wednesday 3rd October, Gorilla
Ross From Friends brings his live show Gorilla on the 3rd October for the Manchester leg of the album tour. Having recently made his inaugural outing on Brainfeeder with “Aphelion EP”, British producer Ross From Friends aka Felix Clary Weatherall returns with his debut album on Flying Lotus’ label. “Family Portrait” (Released 27th July 2018) is characterised by a perpetual desire to experiment and Felix’s obsessive attention to detail, somehow marrying an intricately layered production style with warm, heavily saturated sonics that elevate, rather than stifle, his melodious funk.
With a handful of revered 12”s under his belt via Breaker Breaker, Lobster Theremin, Distant Hawaii, Magicwire and a 10” on Molten Jets. “Family Portrait” showcases his ability to shift and evolve, moving from the world of lo-fi to the world of FlyLo, he demonstrates a versatility exemplified by the ease in which he can switch between playing shows with Little Dragon, holding down a peak-time slot in Berghain’s Panorama Bar and performing live from Maida Vale for Radio 1.
4.RUSH HOUR (Day & Night)
Saturday 13th October, Store Street
For one marathon session, the legendary Dutch record shop and label Rush Hour are taking over Store Street. Rush Hour’s success has been down to their uncanny ability to dig out the finest in house music history, and re-contextualise it alongside the greatest upfront tracks. Disco evangelist Hunee headlines with what promises to be a euphoric set of deeply dug gems. He’s joined by Rush Hour founder Antal, and extended friends and family such as San Proper, Gerd Janson and Sadar Bahar, all picking records designed to show the sheer breadth of the Rush Hour sound – taking in everything from warm afrobeat to brittle techno. Adding some serious Detroit clout to the event is Moodymann, who’s throbbing splices of disco and techno need little introduction. Running from the afternoon through til 2am, this is an event for the real heads; a celebration of underground dance culture at it’s finest.
5.CURATED BY DANIEL AVERY
Saturday 20th October, Store Street
In a sea of identi-kit dance producers, Daniel Avery stands out as possessing an instantly recognisable sound; a heady mix of swirling psychedelia underpinned by driving, trance inducing beats. On Saturday 20th October he pulls together a line up of similarly minded DJs, selectors who play music that speaks on both a cerebral and primal level. Headliner, the Berghain resident Marcel Dettmann, is quite possibly one of the most influential figures in modern techno, able to weave together melodies that fill a dancefloor, then flood it with emotion. Producer extraordinaire Daphni is similarly capable of imbuing his intricate beats with flashes of deep soul, splicing his sets with the exclusive re-edits that have made him famous. Elsewhere, Avalon Emerson can be relied upon to roll out a set of euphoric, cosmic synths and unexpected detours into rattling percussion.
Friday 2nd November, Store Street
Underworld are icons. Over 20 years they’ve refined their sound, exploring techno, house, drum and bass, electronica and classic songwriting, to create a uniquely British sound that fuses Karl Hyde’s garbled poetry, all sensory overload and suburban neurosis, with the soaring highs and claustrophobic lows created by Rick Smith. This year sees the duo drop a surprise collaboration – teaming up with punk Godfather Iggy Pop to record Teatime Dub Encounters, a record that layers Iggy’s sinewy ruminations on life with Underworld’s expansive sonic palette – another milestone in a career that show no sign of slowing. With both this new work, and classics such as Cowgirl and Born Slippy to draw on, the Underworld live experience is a remarkable event.
7.BONOBO PRESENTS OUTLIER
Saturday 3rd November, Mayfield Depot
As part of a special series of events with Manchester International Festival (MIF), Bonobo opens the series on Saturday 3rd November with his international Outlier series. Previously presented in London and New York, Outlier has seen Bonobo harness his talents as a curator and arbiter of club culture, as well as demonstrating his instinctive relationship with music. Bonobo DJs alongside musical purveyor and tastemaker of worldwide sounds Gilles Peterson. Having featured Bonobo on his recent ‘All That Must Be’ album, George Fitzgerald (live) joins the line-up along with musical chameleon and ever party ready Shanti Celeste, plus the amazingly engaging Palms Trax and Rinse FM’s Josey Rebelle.
Saturday 10th November, Mayfield Depot
Bringing the curtain down on the ‘Special Edition’ series are the mighty Bicep. Transformed from club dance floor dwellers to globetrotting producer DJs, the duo will front an expansive and gripping live show, featuring songs from their triumphant self-titled debut album at Mayfield on Saturday 10th November. Joining them will be Leon Vynehall, Juju & Jordash, Marie Davidson and Hammer.
9.AVA x WHP
Saturday 1st December, Store Street
December opens with a remarkable line up that has at least five contenders for the headline spot. Top of the list is Sven Vath; techno royalty, and a DJ who has shaped the European techno sound for over three decades. DJ Koze has had another incredible year, with the deep, emotive disco of his last single Pick Up already many people’s choice as house tune of the summer – if not the year. Bicep have continued their unstoppable rise by transforming from selectors to a genuinely thrilling live experience – but tonight they return to their first love, manning the decks for a set that will travel wherever their current obsessions take them, and Peggy Gou has exceeded all expectations with her debut EP release on Ninjatune, the languid techno-jazz of the lead cut It Makes You Forget quickly being recognised as a modern classic with few peers.
10. WHP PRESENTS
Friday 7th December, Store Street
WHP Presents is a place for fans of the art and craft of DJing to see some of the true masters of the form at work. Detroit heroes Robert Hood, Omar S and DJ Stingray show the different strains of the Motorcity sound – Hood drawing on his gospel roots for sets steeped in vocal soul, Omar S brings a touch of raw, low slung house whilst Stingray fires out precision-tooled high tempo electro. Ben UFO and Joy Orbison are playing one of their much loved back to back sets, known for touching on classic jungle, afrobeat and jacking techno, while Helena Hauff brings her award winning stripped back electro aggression.
Tickets and further info available here.