WHP15: Welcome To The Warehouse
If last year’s return to Store Street was The Warehouse Project returning to its roots, then the 2015 season appears to show a night series that has found its feet all over again.
Entering its 10th year in the business, there has been little in the way of a fanfare or landmark celebrations besides a very special collaborative effort with Manchester International Festival earlier this summer. The focus – as always – is on the finished product. A reliable but boundary-pushing bill of DJs took to the helm of the brickwork wonderland to welcome Manchester back into the caverns.
After Jackmaster pulled in potentially one of the biggest crowds of the entire evening, Daphni returned to the Warehouse after a triumphant headlining turn as Caribou last season. His DJ set was as challenging, diverse and massively enjoyable in a main room setting. One of his most effective selections was a mid-set airing of classic EskiBeat cut The Morgue which had a resurgence this year when Skepta used it for Nasty. Surrounded by the stark post-industrial backdrop of Store Street, this menacing bootleg classic was testament to Snaith’s innovation as a DJ. The ever-reliable Joy Orbison stepped up after and continued to steer the main room further into a swell of more left-field choices.
The highlight of the second room programming was Job Jobse who took control of room two with an assured and mesmerising set which one could only expect from a figure behind the Trouw machine. While the crowd thinned out as he competed with the heavyweights of the main space, the set maintained focus while traversing genre and intensity with ease. The soundtrack for the second room’s welcoming proceedings were eventually wrapped up by long-standing WHP resident Krysko. Nobody was better qualified for that spot and he didn’t disappoint.
As Seth Troxler and Tuskegee signees The Martinez Brothers headed into the home-straight of their mammoth 3-hour back-to-back with a triumphant play of Floorplan’s Never Grow Old (Re-Plant Version), there was an – admittedly extremely corny – relevance to that song title. Even after a decade, the prime concern of the WHP team is to create the best experience possible. There was something energising about the business-as-usual approach of this re-arrival at Store Street. It doesn’t cross your mind to raise a glass and wish a brand a very happy birthday when it feels so enduringly young.