First six shows announced including Nile Rodgers & Chic, DJ Shadow, Eric Prydz
Get on your dancing shoes, there’s one thing on our minds this morning.
The Warehouse Project is officially back. After a two-year hiatus, Manchester’s favourite string of autumn dance events returns to Depot Mayfield on Friday 17 September, with the first six shows now revealed.
The Warehouse Project reopening announcement comes hot off the heels of the success of pilot music events across the UK
Capping off the opening night will be disco legends Nile Rodgers & Chic, topping a bill that also includes fellow disco enthusiasts Horse Meat Disco and everyone’s favourite funk uncle (funkle?) Craig Charles. Elsewhere on the opening night Norman Jay MBE, Gina Breeze and DJ Paulette will feature on the decks with the House Gospel Choir also performing.
Away from the marquee opening, dance music fans will be pleased to see an eclectic opening month with shows catering to a variety of high and low BPM tastes. Events include a DJ Shadow-helmed Repercussions Festival (Saturday 18 September), also featuring the likes of Floating Points, Laurent Garnier and George Fitzgerland (live) and a staple Metropolis drum and bass bill (Friday 24 September) including mainstays Sub Focus, Andy C, Wilkinson and High Contrast.
Familiar faces return for Welcome To The Warehouse parts one and two (Saturday 25 September and Saturday 2 October) including German industrial enthusiasts Modeselektor, DJ icon Carl Cox and house favourite Jamie Jones. Also on the welcome bill will be Warehouse favourites Seth Troxler, The Blessed Madonna and Daniel Avery.
Eric Prydz will also headline his own showcase including fellow clubland and wait for the drop enthusiasts Artbat, Christoph and Franky Wah.
The Warehouse Project reopening announcement comes hot on the heels of the successful pilot music events across the UK, including a 6,000 capacity rave event at a warehouse space at Bramley Moore Dock in Liverpool. A report from The Telegraph found that of the 58,000 people who attended pilot scheme events including the Brit Awards, concerts and the aforementioned Liverpool rave, only 15 people tested positive for COVID-19.
Today’s announcement will be music to the ears of Warehouse Project co-founder and Night Time economy advisor Sacha Lord who has campaigned throughout the pandemic for the safe reopening of hospitality and events. Lord led an unsuccessful legal challenge to the government’s reopening strategy earlier in the year.
Tickets are on general sale from 10:00 on Thursday 27 May. For registration and pre-sale follow the link here. The full WHP21 Season will be announced over the coming weeks.