Rarely is it that Manchester encounters such techno prowess throughout its bustling hub and rich musical industry but The Warehouse Project‘s 29th event of their busy calendar proved otherwise. As the weekend arrived last Friday evening The Warehouse Project had prepared another techno outing with a line-up that was more than capable of quenching the thirst of the thousands in attendance. And while the latter stages of the Northern city’s premium and in-demand music event is swiftly drawing to a conclusion, The Warehouse Project Presents was on hand with its stellar line-up prepared to leave a mark on the cities nightlife scene and earn a piece of the Warehouse Project history.
Store Street‘s last techno outing came in the form of Adam Beyer and his army in tow at Drumcode during the early stages of November. Performances from Alan Fitzpatrick, Sam Paganini and Enrico Sangualino made sure the stakes were high and the bar was set when the next set of techno artists came knocking on the Mancunian door. But Friday’s select artists of all things underground were no ordinary DJs, they were simply a concoction of some of the industries biggest and finest talents on the scene to date.
Headlining the night was a true juggernaut of a DJ, American record producer and composer Jeff Mills, an artist who has long been recognized as the DJs’ DJ. Founder of the techno collective Underground Resistance, Jeff’s international reputation is the latest of a long line of Detroit-bred talent. There is also a reason why Mills is regarded as ‘The Wizard’ as the DJ spun a magically inspiring set to the Manchester crowd who garnered his on-stage energy throughout the night. Mill’s depth of attention to detail was displayed through a seemingly hypnotic and stripped-down techno music infusion.
The Warehouse Project has long been synonymous with its sell-out shows as fans grab their tickets within hours and even minutes of their release. However, this occasion marked one of few events that failed to sell all tickets for prior to the night. Tickets sales were reflected inside where there was more than beyond ample space as opposed to the usual cramped and bustling conditions at times.
That said, Woman of the moment Nina Kraviz drew in the main source of attendees on the night as they flocked to room one of Store Street for a glimpse of the techno queen herself. The Russian DJ and music producer has established herself as a leading figure of the techno scene and one of the most prominent female artists of electronic music. And on the night Nina was simply unstoppable. Her energy is unparalleled and The Warehouse Project’s atmosphere was certainly in agreement with the main room feeling like it had reached over capacity. But the cramped and heated conditions did not stop revelers feeding off of Nina’s thunderous techno drops, slices, and cuts.
There was one DJ who may have stolen the talking point of the night. English DJ Clark who unquestionably had one of the best DJ sets on the night also had one of the finest live performances The Warehouse Project has seen throughout its 2017 calendar. Clark who dropped his highly impressive Death Peak album earlier this year brought his awe-inspiring dramatic and audacious sounds to Manchester coupled with a scintillating live show.
Although perhaps not as popular as its predecessors, The Warehouse Project Presents was another night of excellent music for Manchester’s best music event. With only a few shows left the Warehouse Project has yet to unleash its New Years festivities with some stellar line-ups and the remainder of Decembers shows. Check out for remaining tickets here.