Location: Manchester, UK
Steeped in electronic music history, from the days of the Haçienda and The Happy Mondays to the now-defunct Sankeys Soap Factory, Manchester has long-since been the epicentre of North England’s nightlife culture.
Founded by the man behind Manchester’s Parklife festival, Sacha Lord, and Sam Kandel, who both had early involvement in Sankeys, The Warehouse Project became a mainstay in 2006. Shifting between a number of venues across the years, and leaving the iconic Store Street venue in 2019, rumours first surfaced of a move to the city’s Depot Mayfield more than five years ago, and last year, the rumours became reality.
Transformed from an old train station into an industrial rave paradise, the epic mega-venue plays home to 10,000 people each weekend from September until the New Year, bringing in a huge variety of acts. It has also hosted festivals, including Homobloc, and welcomes line-ups from some of the greatest promotions in the industry, such as Annie Mac Presents and Jamie Jones’ Paradise. The main room, Depot, features LED screens and two stacks of seven d&b audiotechnik J8/J12 speakers, and in the last 12 months has hosted everyone from Bicep to Disclosure, Flume, and Four Tet b2b Skrillex.
The Concourse room introduced a new concept for WHP, alongside Depot Mayfield owners, Broadwick Live, with a 360-degree experience allowing the crowd to move around the DJ; while Archive, the smallest room tucked away in a little cavern, pays homage to WHP’s original Store Street home. It’s only the first year for Depot, but it quite rightly makes its way into the Top 100 clubs list.