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Sounds of the Underground

Elizabeth Alker on ‘A three night rumble underneath the city' with Beneath the Streets

Published on May 14th 2007.


Sounds of the Underground

Manchester is the home of the warehouse party. But, ten years of urban redevelopment, has sanitised the grimy post industrial shell of our city which once spawned many a good rave.

The organisers of the Warehouse Project aim to bring back the raw energy of Manchester’s acid house hey day. Their 12 week stint at Boddingtons’s Brewery last autumn entertained crowds totalling 100, 000 with a line up of some of the biggest live acts around.

Hosting Public Enemy, Laurent Garnier, De La Soul and The Klaxons to name a few, the project married big crowds with big acts to re-energise Manchester’s club scene. Each party in its short but hectic life span was shrouded with novelty, surprise and a sense of romantic catharsis as one of the city’s favourite buildings served the people of Manchester creatively for the last time. Organiser Sam Kandel explained why the brewery was an ideal venue for the project, “Boddington’s Brewery was such an important landmark. It summed up so much about Manchester. We wanted to play a part in the history of the building and those parties will be remembered for that.”

It’s taking place in an Second World War air raid shelter underneath Piccadilly Station. The choice of venue is down to aesthetics rather than practicalities.

As is the case with all good venues, the old brewery wasn’t without its problems. As a guest this writer was one of many Public Enemy fans waiting for hours in a poorly organised queuing-system-turned-rabble while finishing touches were put to the stage. Not to mention the problems with the sound system and the expensive makeshift bar. But, like all truly creative ventures, the Warehouse Project was more about creating an experience than a series of bland, polished performances.

Next Bank Holiday weekend, the Warehouse Project promises more of the same calibre of perfomers, if, we trust, not the same organisational problems. Their Beneath the Streets festival is a three day party taking place in an Second World War air raid shelter underneath Piccadilly station. Again the choice of venue is purely down to aesthetic rather than practicality but this hasn’t stopped organisers pulling another top notch line up.

The weekend kicks off on Friday with edgy club anthems from Pete Tong and funk tinged house from Holland’s Sander Kleinenberg. On Saturday Radio Soulwax will showcase live sets from electro-smashing dancefloor-botherers, Boys Noize, and bastard pop pioneer’s, 2 many DJ’s. And finally, Sunday night will see North London’s quirky hip hop-ite, DJ Yoda, mixing up fat beats with obscure samples. Proving that Manchester can still cut it on the international club scene, DJ Yoda confessed that, in the run up to this bunker party he is, “genuinely really excited about it. Manchester is pretty much my second home, so it means something special to me, and to DJ in such an interesting spot is an honour.”

Beneath the Streets (Piccadilly Station, City. 0161 835 3500 www.thewarehouseproject.com). Ticket’s from Ticketline: 0161 832 1111 / www.ticketline.co.uk

May Bank Holiday Weekend 25-27 May

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SneercunianMay 14th 2007.

This lot can't arrange a piss up in a brewery (geddit) what hope will they have at Piccadilly Station. It'll bomb.

AnonymousMay 14th 2007.

its got to be better than your jokes!

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