Now that the first few events have been and gone, it’s time to put The Warehouse Project and Mayfield Depot under the microscope and examine the remainder of their 2019 autumn/winter programme.
About the venue
When WHP Manchester announced their were leaving Store Street at the end of their 2018 calendar it marked the end of an era. Their second stint at the premises many fans considered their spiritual home, was often accused of being oversubscribed - and the truth is that WHP was in danger of becoming a victim of their own popularity as partygoers from all over the country descended on Manchester during their three and a half month programme. The exit signalled changing times - and what changes they were.
Enter: Mayfield Depot - WHP’s new home and the location for 90% of 2019’s listing, with occasional visits to Albert Hall and Victoria Warehouse. The cavernous 10,000 capacity former train depot is operated by Broadwick Venues - who have had success in running large-scale, industrial warehouse venues in London with the likes of Printworks and recently launched Drumsheds.
During the debut campaign at Depot, over 1 million customers are expected to visit across the twelve week run. Forming part of the £1 billion regeneration of the area, the venue anticipates broadening into cultural events, art exhibitions and community project, in between its club programme. Before WHP’s tenure began, the venue also played host to the Manchester International Festival and Manchester Pride Live events.
The buildings origins can be traced back to 1910 - and the depot actually took a direct hit from a German bomb in World War II. It continued operationally until its decommission in 1960, after which time it served as a collection office for Royal Mail.
Sprawling and with raw urban aesthetic, the site has been calling out to have a new use found - and we couldn’t think of anywhere more fit for purpose than throwing festival-sized parties there.
What to expect
In terms of inaugural seasons, WHP has looked to make an instant impact with a star-studded line-up reading like a who’s who of electronic music - from legendary pioneers to rising stars, local heroes and international touring artists. Fans of the all night long format should check-out the Friday 4th October, when the Martinez Brothers, Eats Everything and Honey Dijon will take over a room each and play from open to close. Techno fans will no doubt gravitate towards Drumcode’s annual visit. Adam Beyer invites Maceo Plex, Maya Jane Coles, Monika Kruse, Pan-Pot and a whole lot more on a stacked bill on Saturday 19th October.
Another big event - especially given the heritage of the Manchester scene - will be The Hacienda returns on Saturday 12th October. Louie Vega, David Morales and Marshall Jefferson join Graeme Park, Mike Pickering and Greg Wilson for the throwback show sure to twinge those nostalgic synapses. Few dates are bigger than that of Jamie Jones’ all conquering Paradise party. He’s joined by Hot Since 82, Krystal Klear, Ilario Alicante, Enzo Siragusa and the usual Hot Creations gang on Friday 6th December.
The WHP Presents series, showcases some of the biggest talents in electronic music - artists who traverse the commercial and underground spectrum. MK, Diplo and Gorgon City arrive on Friday 11th October, while CamelPhat get the limelight on Friday 25th October. Meanwhile Four Tet and Annie Mac curate their own shows on Halloween and Firework weekend, respectfully. There are also huge standalone shows in Underworld (Thursday 5th December), Feel My Bicep (Saturday 30th November) and Fatboy Slim (Saturday 21st December).
Of course, the season ends in typically glorious fashion with a New Year's Eve and New Year's Day double header, with a pair of show that’s line-ups are currently TBA. Looking at the rest of the schedule, we can safely say they’re going to be mega.
Tickets for all WHP shows are on sale here.