Farewell Store Street: 7 DJs tell us their favourite Warehouse Project memories
It's WHP's final season at Store Street and it's going out with a bang
The most recent chapter of the Warehouse Project's history is coming to a close. After a glorious four years which put the event series firmly at the forefront of UK clubbing, WHP is bidding farewell to its Store Street venue and heading on to dancefloors new.
We thought it would be fitting to talk to some of the DJs who have made Store Street throb during previous seasons in order to find out their favourite WHP memories (so far).
And don't worry – you have until New Year's Day to rave at Store Street before WHP unveils the next part of its story. Grab tickets here.
I played my first WHP last year. I was opening Room1 and bricking it. I remember I was playing just before Artwork and he really made me feel totally at ease. Watching that room fill up will always be one of my fondest WHP memories. Everyone was so psyched and that space really took on a spirit of its own.
Ive never heard of something that people praised so much across the board. The vibe, production, line-up and importantly, in Store Street, the venue. I’m super proud to be a resident in it’s last season here, but have no doubts the next location with take on a spirit of its own.
It’s a bit of an honour to be playing the last season as we’ve been coming across the Pennines to play and party at Store Street since it moved from Boddingtons. There are so many good times to chose from under those arches, but playing Orbital 'Chime' on the stroke of midnight NYE a few years ago still stands out as a moment.
I played my first ever WHP back in 2013; it was curated by Four Tet and Caribou and was definitely an iconic moment for me. I'd only been mixing for two years, so I was really new to the game. I can honestly say I felt so overwhelmed to be invited to play such a legendary event, among an incredible line-up consisting of some of the most inspirational acts of my career: Four Tet, Ben UFO, Joy O, Pearson Sound and Madlib, to name a few. I feel so grateful and humbled to have been invited back to play my favourite club event every year since.
It's impossible to pick a fave because I’ve played there so many times and they are all amazing but what I will say is that WHP at Store Street is the pinnacle party and the epitome of everything that makes UK rave culture the best in the world for me.
Our fondest memory from The Warehouse Project has to be from this year, when we were fortunate enough to launch our brand new event series HIGHER. It's somewhere we've been going for many many years and we've had some unbelievable nights there, but this just tops it as it was an incredibly proud moment for us both, especially being Mancunian ourselves! Can't beat that.
Hot Since 82
I remember going one New Year’s Day, way before I was Hot Since 82. In fact I was a struggling DJ at best. Simian Mobile Disco dropped Jamie Anderson and Jesse Rose's 'Jack Your Body' and we all were going mental. A few years later I would not only be playing up there on the main stage but also dropping the same track! That was a good buzz.
There's a passion and a dedication to the people of Manchester that you can feel whenever you play there. It's one of those places where folk want to discuss individual records (at length) when they talk to you. The city has a musical heritage like no other and much of that has to do with the support and pride of those who pass through it.
The Warehouse Project & Design Manchester present...End Of Store Street exhibition will show at PLY from Wednesday 10th October 2018 to Sunday 4th November 2018. Full info here