This Sunday, The Warehouse Project bombarded Space and took over the super club to throw their own Mancunian rave and join forces with We Love. As such a well-known UK event, with huge, sell-out events every weekend, it was intriguing to see what the crew could do on the Ibiza scene. I have been a WHP regular for a few seasons so I’m accustomed to its industrial setting, exposed brick work and the sub-zero December temperatures that slice through you after a sweaty 6 hour dancing session inside an old warehouse or car park. Space, in comparison, was built for hosting parties, so it changed the dynamic of my usual warehouse mentality.
Nicolas Jaar took to the decks around 1:3O. To start off Jaar relaxed the crowd with some downtempo, melodic electronic sounds. This then transformed and fluctuated between drum and bass and slower, sluggish bassy tunes that made everyone dance in slow motion under the heavy lasers. The mixing was impeccable and Jaar definitely had the main room packed out as he left us to ‘The Chain’ by Fleetwood Mac… quite an unusual exit.
Clashing with Jaar was house legend Kerri Chandler in the Terrace, so I had no choice but to flick between the two sets. As always, Chandler was bouncing around the booth to catchy house music that filled the room with the sound of high hats and a jacking bass line. His set was like a journey through genres and time as he chucked in a couple of the current Ibiza summer anthems then stripped it all back to the bare bones and beats of some older tracks. Our ears were filled with acid house as he span ‘Throwback’ by Todd Terry and then perked up again by some 9Os house with a vibrant piano and vocals.
Following Jaar, Joy Orbison and George Fitzgerald paired up for a couple of hours. Straight away they started smashing some fast paced tunes, with tropical melodies to get us all on our toes again. We were teased with the melancholic vocals from ‘Bad Kingdom’ by Moderat (DJ Koze remix) as the track was broken down and overlapped by some eerie, echoing sounds. Both DJs showed their own distinct sound and style; Orbison tended to lean towards a more atmospheric, floaty vibe with plenty of synths whilst Fitzgerald dropped deep house tunes that you could feel reverberating around the room.
Upstairs on the Premier Etage, the oddly named ‘Drop the Mustard’ had posted their residents and a few DJs to entertain the smokers and those in need of a little time out. Around 4am, up and coming DJ N.A.N.C.Y had the place packed out as she banged out some stomping techno, including ‘Spastik’ by Plastikman. There was an unexpectedly positive reaction from the crowd as she stuck to her guns and played in her own way.
Half an hour later I went to the Terrace to catch the other back to back set that was a lengthy 4 hours for Eats Everything and Richy Ahmed. Both had so much energy and a good connection as they played. Watching Eats Everything fist pumping to some great tech house tickled me; it’s great to see how passionate he is about the music and what he does. The tracks flowed well and the crowd was electrified. At one point I swear I caught the pair doing some synchronised dancing…
After 2 nights out and very little sleep I was shattered and had to abandon Space around 6. I think The Warehouse Project were pretty successful with their one off take over, could this mean that we see more of them next season? Or could we see The Warehouse Project return the favour and We Love come to Store Street? Watch this Space. No pun intended!
Words by Errin Francesca Briscoe
Photography by Nel/G Photography – nelgphotography.com
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