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Tuesday, 21 October 2014

EDIBLE WAREHOUSE PROJECT: 5 THINGS WE LEARNT


The mania surrounding Warehouse Project season has reached a zenith. It will maintain itself in such a state, every weekend, until the concluding party on the 31st December. The WHP line-ups provide eagerly anticipated diary dates for dance music aficionados. Pulling souls from across Britain and Western Europe towards Manchester’s dance-music Mecca: Store Street For an underground pilgrimage of excess centered around a bass-pumping, lazer-pulsing, DJ topped Kaaba. Being such ways inclined, I journeyed north for Eats Everything’s ‘Edible’ WHP curation. A party that gathered together DJs representing every variant sound of techno music. Below, I’ve shared five things that the, in no way not spiritual, experience taught me:


ONE

When Laurent Garnier plays progressive techno at 5 in the morning, it feels like he’s Captain Kirk and you’re aboard the USS Enterprise as it enters warp speed. 26 years in the techno-playing trade affords Laurent Garnier the creative DJing space to do whatever he wants. As such, he played a post-4am set of techno music that was so unearthly and progressive that, coupled with an intensive light show, I could feel the entire venue begin to shudder as if it was priming itself to eschew ancient concrete foundations and rocket into the darker corners of the galaxy.*

*At that point, I believed myself to be amongst the guests with the strongest hold on their own sobriety - leading me to fear for the short-term sanity of those locked into more serious states than mine own.


TWO
Store Street is a wholly more sacred and mystical venue than the Victoria Warehouse. Offering a very similar, intensively desolate, urban setting to Store Street, Victoria Warehouse wasn’t a below par venue. Yet being so far outside of town, it didn’t exude the same intense Mancunian charms that it’s sister venue did. It was also too unforgiving regarding intra-venue movements. Store Street, which sits as the subterranean bowels of Manchester Piccadilly station, exists as a sequence of ever expanding and interconnected cavernous, and mostly deserted, post-industrial atriums. Foreboding and seemingly infinite, it’s a post-industrial Moria - the only danger being Funktion powered bass rather than a Balrog waiting to ensnare you. It’s design is mindful of human logistics and has the added benefit of being relatively open plan, so you can’t get too lost. There are, however, enough concrete nooks and dark recesses, for those that wish to explore the dark recesses of their mind, by physically wandering into dark recesses.


THREE
Arthur Smith should allow the second-coming of his ‘Grain’ moniker stick around for a while longer. Arthur Smith, largely known as Artwork - a member of the currently hibernating electronic music supergroup Magnetic Man - is a serious DJing treat. Having seen him DJ several times before, under the guise of Artwork and as a part of Magnetic Man, I knew to expect intelligent, crowd-aware mixing. Informed by an encyclopedic knowledge of electronic music. Unsurprisingly, his ‘Grain’ set had me in ecstasy. For the sake of serious techno fans, he should play out under this pseudonym more often.


FOUR
The staff are super friendly. Many raving venues employ, perhaps unconsciously, an ‘us vs. them’ policy. With staff and security adopting a siege mentality against ravers. Many of whom can be in various sensitive states. With unfortunate instances regarding drugs last year, WHP appears to have evolved it’s approach to revellers and adopted an understanding, pragmatic ethos. Drug’s charity Loop offer a cheerful onsite presence, assisting both police and ravers. Whilst door staff are intergrated around the venue in less combative stations - many accommodating the amorous chat of revellers and being more than helpful regarding relevant information.



FIVE
Eat’s Everything’s headline set gave ravers a taste of Ibiza. Eats Everything was afforded the headline space on the night’s bill. Having spent the summer DJing with Troxler, Skream and Jackmaster, he is now truly amongst the world’s DJing elite. The WHP set he played was a reminder of the Ibiza party vibes being proffered last summer. He began his evening with an expansive big room edit of ‘Bugatti -Tiga.’, testemant to the upbeat music he now peddles. His set was a musical sorbet, designed to cleanse the palette and eardrums so they would be able to handle the intense and dark techno flavors offered throughout the rest of the night.


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Words & photos by Dan Cave