Warehouse Project (WHP) – the all-dominating, commandeering club in Manchester – have announced their line-up for 2015.
Nextup Throwback is informed that the falling out between WHP and Victoria Warehouse, where the club has been housed in recent years, means that WHP will probably never be held there again. Negotiations with Mayfield Depot, perfect in terms of its large capacity, many rooms and city centre location, fell through this year. Therefore, the 2015 instalment will be held at their old Store Street location, under Manchester Piccadilly train station, which is definitely for the best. With its smaller capacity than Victoria Warehouse and close proximity to public transport, Store Street makes for a much easier venue to visit.
The lineups this year are noticeably more varied than in previous years where the main focus has been house and techno. Some of the scene’s biggest stars from grime, rap, garage and dubstep are appearing in Manchester, including Skepta, JME and Kode9 (3 October), Joey Bada$$, Zinc, with a highly-anticipated jungle set, and Wookie (20 November). 11 December welcomes Benji B, Novelist and A.G. Cook. The stand-out for techno heads is 13 November, which sees Siriusmodeselektor, Clark, Shed, Rodhad, Cosmic TRG teaming up with other 50WEAPONS signees for the label’s finale, before it becomes defunct at the year’s end.
A slew of smaller, local acts pepper the lineup, including Jonny Dub, Swing Ting and Hit n Run resident, Chimpo. New New Order also return to their hometown – one for the fans of the throwback – on both the Friday and Saturday at the start of December, on Friday joined by Hacienda DJ, Mike Pickering and Saturday with A Certain Ratio.
All in all, a pretty mixed season; with smaller, local acts, a variety of genres which reflect the current music scene and DJs old and new, WHP15 looks to play a significant part in Manchester’s nightlife once more…
– Kim Kahan