REVIEW: Ants, Warehouse Project

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AS Warehouse Project gets to grips with the Christmas season, Ants kicked off December with a huge lineup. Alex Costello was there to document the action.

Manchester’s Warehouse Project entered its 11th week as December dawned with Ants not about to slow the tempo.

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The event enticed a mouth-watering lineup with some of the biggest names on the electronic scene including Groove Armada, Kolsch and Joris Voorn.  Acts including Eli & Fur, Krysko and Lauren Lo Sung were gracing the inner walls of Store Street.

The event contrasted a variety of musical genres as each act conducted their own sounds from Kolsch’s Masterpiece melodies, Groove Armada’s ability to seamlessly transition between techno and disco to Lauren Lo Sung bringing both deep and minimal house.

As always, revelers patiently awaited the doors to open as the atmosphere on Store Street was electric. A loud cheer from the crowd indicated Warehouse Project was underway.

The space inside quickly filled as Austen/Scott got proceedings underway in room one, with Krysko in room two. Straight away warehouse goers had the bar staff worked from the off.

The bass began to bounce off the walls, as though the system was as loud as it’d go. Lasers and lights spun around the room complimenting the dark underground area.

The time had come for one of the main acts as Groove Armada took to the Stage and the loud, greeting roar of the crowd surpassed the music. All eyes stared towards the stage awaiting the first significant drop from the duo and they did not disappoint. Warehouse felt like it had reached full capacity as the temperature rose inside to a warm and murky feel, though this phased nobody.

Groove Armada dropped incredible tracks including the fan favorite ‘Superstylin’ in which a flurry of camera phones took to the air to capture the moment.

A round of applause and cheers engulfed warehouse as Groove Armada ended their set and handed the decks over to non other then Kolsch. The vibe already ecstatic was a sign that Warehouse Project was delivering its consistent quality that it is renowned for.

Kolsch, who that night was playing Store Street and later on at All Gone Pete Tong, embraced the crowd’s enthusiasm and took them deep in to the night. The anticipation to hear Kolsch’s illustrious track ‘Grey’ had Kolsch fans more jubilant then ever.

CO2 canons and confetti rained down on the crowd as the lasers penetrated the misty air, once again Warehouse proving their production team is up there with the best.

An unbelievable set from Kolsch left you wanting more as Joris Voorn stepped up to the decks to take over. The quality of DJ’ing throughout the night was exceptional with smooth transitions, choice of tracks and impecable feeling of the crowds vibe.

To round off the event Andrea Oliva played the final set in room one as Lauren Lo Sung took over to finish out room two. The crowd began to disperse as the night drew to an end, however it made more space for the all night ravers to immerse themselves in the music till the end.

Warehouse Project once again delivered an unparalleled music event that establishes its unique self in the heart of Manchester. With just four weeks to go you should be sure to grab yourself a ticket and not miss out.

By Alex Costello

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