Forget purpose-built superclubs - an old brewery in central Manchester will be the heartbeat for cutting-edge dance music when the city's Warehouse Project launches on Thursday 5th October.
For 12 weeks, some of the world's best dance music talent, DJs and live acts will perform every weekend at The Old Brewery (former home of Boddingtons) in an ambitious project headed up by two former employees of the city's legendary Sankeys Soap nightclub.
"We wanted to create a great club night that only ran for a short amount of time," explained Sam Kandel, former promotions manager at Sankeys.
"No matter how great a club is, after a while people do get bored, but our project will be over before people tire of it."
It's simple ravenomics.
Warehouse Raving 2006
Unlike the Madchester-style reunions of the past, the Warehouse Project won't be encouraging you to dig out your old acid house uniforms and hypercolour T-shirts.
Instead, this is warehouse raving for the 21st Century, and apart from the opening night's iconic headliners, Public Enemy, the DJs and artists taking part in the project are all still heavily involved in the club scene.
"There have been a lot of warehouse events in the years gone by that have traded on Manchester's past, but we want to push forward-thinking music," said Sam.
"Whether you're a hardcore hip hopper or a techno nerd, there will be at least two nights that will excite you."
If everything goes well this first year, the Warehouse Project will be an annual event for Manchester.
The Project runs until 16th December with a too-good-to-be-true line-up, including rare performances from the influential Detroit techno posse Underground Resistance, François K and Derrick May as The Cosmic Twins, and De La Soul. Autechre, Black Strobe, Goldie, Pendulum, Erol Alkan, John Digweed, Sasha, Danny Howells and Dave Clarke will all play at some point too.
Put simply, the Warehouse Project has one of the best line-ups DJmag's ever seen. It's so good we're thinking of moving to Manchester for a couple of months!
Catch it while you can.
Warehouse Project Line-up
October 6th – December 31st 2006
Thursday 5th October:
THE PREVIEW (Room 1 only)
PUBLIC ENEMY - Full live show featuring the original line-up: Flava Flav, Chuck D, Terminator X, Professor Griff
Saturday 7th October:
Xfm Manchester & Mike Pickering presents 'WELCOME TO THE WAREHOUSE'
KASABIAN (DJ Set)DOVES (DJ Set) MIKE PICKERINGLORRAINE – LIVETHE VIEW – LIVEALI LOVE – LIVEKIETH – LIVEAIM - LIVE Sugardaddy – LIVETOM FINDLAY (GROOVE ARMADA)DEXTER (The Avalanches)KRYSKO
Friday 20th October:Missing in ManchesterDetails TBA.
Saturday 21st October:
UNDERGROUND RESISTANCE presents...
LOS HERMANOS - LIVEOctave One - LIVEROB HOOD presents THE GREY AREASuburban Knight – LIVEDJ 3000Mr ScruffJamie Lidell – Live, Unabombers, Mark Turner, Krysko & Danny Mac
Saturday 28th October:
Ape presents...THE THREE FEET HIGH AND RISING PARTY
DE LA SOUL – FULL LIVE SHOWJEHST – LIVEC2C (3 x World Mixing Champs)BROKE N ENGLISHRICH REASON
Saturday 11th November
Mark E Smith presents THE FALL
Sunday 12th November
Friday 17th November
EAT YOUR OWN EARS presents A TRANSGRESSIVE RECORDS PARTY
MYSTERY JETS LARRIKIN LOVEJEREMY WARMSLEYBATTLETHE NOISETTESPOLYTECHNICBURNINGPILOTLADYFUZZ& VERY SPECIAL GUESTS TBA…MSTKRFTEAT YOUR OWN EARS DJSTRANSGRESSIVE RECORDS DJS
Saturday 2nd December:
Ape Vs Chibuku. The Warehouse Beatdown…
DJ YODA (live A/V Show)Lemon D & DILLINJA(Valve Soundsystem)DJ Marky & DYNAMITE MCMad Professor - FULL LIVE DUB SHOWTHE BEAT MONKEYSRICH REASONMETRODOME & JORDANXFM presents THE REMIXEDDIE TEMPLE MORRIS
Saturday 9th DecemberSpecial live show TBA
Friday 15th December
Zane Lowe's Home Taping Tour
Friday 16th December
Warehouse Christmas Party