In this industry, there’s thing we look forward to like clockwork. And the Warehouse Project dropping their line-ups is up there as one of them. Moreso than past years, 2019’s program had attracted our attention because of the new territory that the Manchester powerhouse was treading this year.
After a drawing their tenure at Store Street to a close back on New Year’s Day, speculation had been rife as to where WHP would relocate to for the Autumn-Winter 2019/20 campaign. Further fuel was added to fire, when it was announced that Broadwick Live - the consortium behind Printworks - had purchased a warehouse space within Manchester’s city limits.
Now the finer details have been confirmed, WHP’s next four months of events will be split between former home Victoria warehouse and the new Depot, with additional shows taking place at The Albert Hall. Depot is the new name for the Broadwick Live project, taking over a multi-room event space at the disused Mayfield train depot. In total, seven WHP events will take place there, including the season curtain-raisers Aphex Twin Curates and Welcome To the Depot. Abandoned since the 60s, the Depot will certainly retain that raw industrial aesthetic so associated with northern industry, whilst being bolstered by state of the art production. We can’t wait to see what they have in store at this new dawn.
Predictably, just like every year, such is the profile of WHP there are some events that sell out almost instantly. Fortunately, you haven’t missed out just yet. We still have tickets available for the following tantalizing shows.
Two huge stand-outs - coincidentally also a few favourites from our neck of the woods - are NYC city slickers and loveable rogues the Martinez Brothers’ all night long on Friday 4th October and Drumcode records on the 19th October. The ‘Bros share their date with Eats Everything and Honey Dijon playing ANL in the other room, while Adam Beyer invites a plethora of talent to join him at Depot. Acts include Maceo Plex, Pan-Pot, Maya Jane Coles and Alan Fitzpatrick. Two more dates are WHP Presents on 11th October and the Hacienda Must Be Built the next night, 12th October. Friday sees the likes of MK, Gorgon City, Lee Foss, Riva Starr and Weiss drop by. Meanwhile, Mancunian institution the Hacienda calls upon some revered guests for a night of nostalgia on the Saturday. Soul II Soul, Louie Vega, David Morales and Marshall Jefferson are the legends alongside former residents.
Other unmissable dates include Feel My Bicep (30th November) and RAM Records (22nd November). The Belfast lads line up alongside Jeff Mills, Midland, Hammer and special guest Floating Points. Meanwhile, Andy C is joined by Sub Focus, Wilkinson, High Contrast and Harriet Jaxxon. Another roadblock event is scheduled to be Paradise’s date on 6th December. Jamie Jones brings Hot Since 82, Ilario Alicante, Krystal Klear and Anna Wall to the North West, next to Hot Creations regulars.
Other huge shows we have on sale include Abode & Beyond’s Anjunabeats label on 29th November and an outing for Patrick Toppings new venture Trick on 8th November. Of course, the series culminates on NYE and NYD, with giant line-ups found at either. Though these remain underwraps for the time being, recent history points to them being nothing short but epicly stacked. Before then, there’s still space in the schedule for a pair of legends. Fatboy Slim curates the night on 21st December, while Underworld roll into Manchester as part of their new tour on 5th December. Halloween - always a pivotal date - is programmed by Radio 1 hostess Annie Mac.
Tickets for all of the above shows and more - such as Curated By Four Tet and WHP Presents CamelPhat - are on sale now.