Over the past number of years the ANTS brand has been slowly but surely taking over the world. Since it’s inception back in 2013, the ANTS parties have been one of the highlights of the Ibiza clubbing season and have undoubtedly been the best party Ushuaïa Ibiza have to offer with an electric lineup every week and a group of DJ’s who always represent the ANTS brand with pride. ANTS is an ode to all things underground, showcasing some of the biggest names in deep house and techno.
The brand has recently expanded their parties from the white island to worldwide and we were lucky enough to be in attendance at their recent event at the legendary Warehouse Project (WHP) in Manchester. Anyone who is a fan of dance music will know that WHP is synonymous with quality, and it was only fitting that ANTS were able to host an event there back at the start of December. It speaks volumes of ANTS current placing within the dance music community that they were asked to host a night at one of the biggest and best nightclubs in the world, and of course the lineup for the night did not disappoint. As usual the lineup was a star-studded showing with Kölsch, Joris Voorn and Groove Armada all headlining the bill alongside ANTS resident Andrea Oliva.
The WHP is a perfect venue for underground dance music, and as such the ANTS sound couldn’t be better suited to the raw, dark setting which the Store Street car park provides. On arrival in Manchester shortly after 11pm and as we were walking towards the entrance the bass vibrations could be both heard and felt from ages away, and as we entered the venue it was made clear that WHP is a venue unlike any other. The ANTS team brought their signature production and decoration along as well which added to the incredible atmosphere on the night.
Of course, the most important point to discuss has to be the music, and it’s safe to say that everyone was amazing on the night. We entered during the tail end of Groove Armada’s set, and slipped over to room two to catch some of the support acts absolutely smashing it. Just as we entered back into the main room, the maestro Kölsch had just began his set with his incredible remix of the Frankie Knuckles classic Your Love. Taking us on a dark, deep journey, the Danish producer blitzed through a collection of phenomenal cuts including a number of his own hits such as Cassiopeia. One of the moments of the night had to have been when he dropped the anthemic Grey to an absolutely rabid crowd who chanted along in unison. It’s rare to see a DJ enjoying a set as much as Kölsch was on the night, moving and grooving along to each track and pumping his fists in the air to every hard-hitting kick drum that reverberated around the warehouse. Closing his set with the melancholic beauty of Der Alte, it set the tone perfectly for the oncoming Joris Voorn, who was about to take things to the next level.
Joris was able to perfectly control the crowd and very quickly had them eating out of the palm of his hand. Some of the most memorable moments from his set included dropping the trance classic BBE – Seven Days and One Week as well as a lovely remix of Mylo‘s classic Drop The Pressure. One of the best tracks played on the night though was his incredible remix of Boy Bianchi – Fireworks which was the last tune he played on the night. Andrea Olivia closed the night with a nice blend of tech-house tunes, and one of the highlights was definitely the absolute anthem Domino from Oxia. After dancing our socks off for almost five hours straight it was sadly time to go home.
The ANTS night at the Warehouse Project was without a doubt one of the best events we’ve ever been to. Everything from the production to the music was absolutely world class and it showed just how on point the ANTS concept is. They certainly know how to throw a quality party and we’re absolutely buzzing to see what they have in store for 2017. The ANTS colony may just take over the world yet.
Photographs: Anthony Black