The Warehouse Project
Beneath Piccadilly Train Station, Manchester, United Kingdom
0161 835 3500
The Warehouse Project Manchester Reviews
The Warehouse Project Sep 23, 2010
Deep under Manchester Piccadilly Station, is a car park. So far, so expected.
The brick vaults have to be used for something. But for a few months every
year, from late September until New Year, the car park finds a far more exciting
Kegs of lager and portaloos lurk in the dark recesses of the vaults. Neon
lights and bean bags become a chill out area. Amp stacks and lighting rigs are
fastened to the arches. And only a confirmed geek (yes, that will be me then!)
would notice the parking arrows on the floor or the fantastic brick work on the
The Warehouse Project is an established part of the Manchester nightlife scene,
for the short months of its annual life. Mostly focussing on high quality dance
music, which sells out alarmingly fast, the dark car park becomes a nightclub.
I sincerely wish that there had been anything anywhere near this cool in
Edinburgh when I was a student – it is a perfect venue. The arches divide the
areas up into different rooms, almost, so there are chill out areas and
merchandise areas and several different bars. The toilets are portaloos but
they were pretty clean when I was there. Mind you, that was the first night of
the season so it might be a different thing come November!
Of course, regular readers will be unsurprised I was there for a live band
rather than a club night. The line up was headlined by Maximo Park, still the
only live act that can consistently move me to tears whilst still being rock.
Before that were Metronomy, who had the most incredible drummer, and the
gloomy-in-a-good-way Chapel Hill. I could easily spend the next few hundred
words telling you exactly how much I love Maximo Park and why, but this is a
travel review rather than a music review so I’ll try not to. The stage is good,
the acoustics are good, if ever so slightly echoing, and the lighting is good.
The crowd were packed in very tightly, so the pushy shoving part of the crowd went right to the back. But I think that is more because of the general wonderfulness of Maximo Park and not a problem with the venue. That said, I would imagine it would be a good idea to wear hot weather clothes if you came to see Hot Chip or someone!
Beware of the dripping roof – it got me everal times and got mud on my trousers!
All in all, this is a great place. I am hoping to get back for some clubbing, grown up schedule and need for sleep permitting.
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