On Friday December 7th, The Warehouse Project’s final series at Sore Street impressed again with a Detroit-heavy line-up for ‘WHP Presents’.
This edition of Manchester’s powerhouse night began with a tinge of controversy soon after its announcement. The night was initially promoted as Glasgow born fan-favourite Jackmaster’s Mastermix night, a regular feature of the WHP series. However, following allegations of sexual harassment at Bristol festival Love Saves The Day, the DJ was soon dropped from his own line-up. In a statement, Jackmaster admitted to “abusive and inappropriate behaviour” which included attempting to kiss and grab people against their will. Jackmaster publicly apologised, and vanished. He has not performed since.
However, Jackmaster’s omission proved no matter. Detroit heavy-hitters, Robert Hood and Omar-S, both delivered blistering techno bombshells with sprinklings of funk and disco, bringing the Motor City sound to Manchester. In room two, balaclava-clad Detroit legend, DJ Stingray, delivered a pulsating electro set, although unfortunately this was cut short. Meanwhile, German favourite Helena Hauff’s provided wonky EBM and industrial electro with her set in room one. Avalon Emerson similarly impressed with her typically synth-heavy and driving techno.
However, it was Hessle Audio boss Ben UFO’s b2b with dubstep favourite Joy Orbison that everyone was eagerly awaiting. Together they produced an unpredictable amalgamation of UK garage, dubstep and breakbeat.
In addition to these huge names, WHP presents also boasted Lena Willikens, Spencer (the ironic cofounder of Jackmaster’s label Numbers), Willow, Saoirse, Bryan Kessler, and more.
Despite Jackmaster’s absence, the night must be hailed as a tremendous success, full of incredible producers who all played amazing sets. The night ran smoothly and transitions between performances were seamless. The Warehouse Project continues to be at the forefront of UK nightlife, consistently delivering massive lineups and going so far as to even rival some festivals.
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