Manchester got a treat over Easter with the return of The Warehouse Project for the first of three ‘Lost Weekend’ series of nights. Making the most of the four-day weekend, Thursday night’s Ape party brought together a diverse range of DJs including the Scratch Perverts, Coldcut, Goldie and Kode9 while Saturday hosted the Swedish House Mafia including Axwell, Steve Angello and Sebastian Ingrosso. Easter Sunday closed the weekend with a classic Hacienda night featuring 808 State but zap! bang! was in attendance on Good Friday when a selection of bands and DJs came together for an electro house showdown courtesy of Ed Banger, Kitsune and Modular.
On a freezing night in Manchester, it was up to the bands to get the crowd moving and the cavernous venue warmed up. Thankfully The Presets and Ladyhawke did just that, providing the early arrivals with reasons to shake their thing on the dancefloor. But it was Manchester favourites The Whip who were the catalyst for pushing the nights entertainment into top gear, bringing the warmed up crowd to boiling point at midnight with popular tracks such as “Trash” and “Blackout” enthusiastically received ahead of the release of their debut album X Marks Destination today.
Manchester favourites The Whip were the catalyst for pushing the night’s entertainment into top gear.
Two of French electro label Ed Banger’s stars then went back to back as Daft Punk manager Busy P and SebastiAn brought their highly rated skills to the decks. As genre pioneers and with an impressive catalogue of tunes to choose from thanks to label mates including Justice, Mr Flash and DJ Medhi, they shifted the party into fifth gear for two solid hours of dirty beats. They showed no sign of resting on their reputations, although the choice of Rage Against The Machine’s “Killing in the Name” to close their stint was less than inspired.
Headliner Felix Da Housecat continued to add to the atmosphere with his brand of Chicago house including “Silver Screen” to round out an impressively driven set. Sadly an attempt to sing happy birthday to one of the Warehouse Project organisers fell on deaf ears, but he didn’t let that bother him. The only major downer came with Damian Lazarus, the Bugged Out and Fabric regular. His minimal style went largely unappreciated by the crowd who were clearly hoping for a more energetic end to the night, however he manfully carried the final ravers through until the finish. Warehouse is already gearing up for two more instalments of the Lost Weekends in May over the bank holidays, be sure to check the line-ups as they remain foremost parties to go to in Manchester.