So tomorrow One From The Vaults makes its last trip to the ever-epic Warehouse Project in Manchester, before they finally close the doors on Piccadilly car park on 1 January. We started going in 2008 and it’s been an absolutely amazing four years. It has completely dominated our winters – from buying a million tickets in September, to knocking off work early on a Friday to get drunk on the train on the way up, drinks in the Northern Quarter and popping to the Christmas markets beforehand (and our new love, the North Pole bar – a temporary MDF igloo serving hot boozy apple-juice-and-cinnamon cocktails, which you sip under a rug on a sofa next to a ten foot tall polar bear), checking in huge rucksacks of warm clothing for the morning (sorry door staff), then finally huddling in Manchester station from 5am – 8am for the first train to take us back home again.
Such a huge amount of effort and our friends might think we’re a bit crazy, but there are no words to describe the feeling when you walk in and you can see a flash of light and hear the bass thud from behind an archway, or exploring for the first half hour as there are so many rooms with different vibes, or how many friends we’ve made there, or how emotional it feels when someone drops an epic bassline and those lights in the main room light up everyone’s faces. All the Essential Mixes (complete with our screams embarrassingly immortalised), all the new tracks we’d never heard before, all the ridiculous conversations in the smoking area, all the after-parties including the first year where we microwaved socks and set a kitchen on fire. Of all the places we travel to for clubbing (Miami, Ibiza, Berlin) this club is by far my favourite, and I’ll be very sorry to say goodbye. Keep up the good work WHP, it’s been a pleasure.
So anyway, we’re going up there tomorrow for Rebel Rave with Seth Troxler, Jamie Jones, Art Department, Robert James, Damian Lazarus and TEED live, but down here there are some big ol’ knees-ups worth getting your little bums down to. Tonight The Future Now continues its strong line-ups at Egg, with Hannah Holland, Dexter Kane and Warboy, and tomorrow Warm at Bussey Warehouse is soundtracked by Pearson Sound and Ben Ufo for Hessle Audio. XOYO tomorrow has Mylo, Villa and Joakim take to the decks, and You Are We has Laura Jones and Adam Shelton at Village Underground.
Some very nice free downloads as Christmas offerings from our favourite DJs this week. Thanks in particular to Jozif and WildKats, who have been giving away an entire series of edits from their DJ sets:
Little Dragon – Crystalfilm (Close Remix)
Wolfgang – Stay And Defend (The Magician Remix)
Leftfield – Not Forgotten (Eats Everything Rework)
Jozif – Thrill Her
Josif – Rollin’
WildKats – Signs (Prince Edit)
WildKats – Whats Goin On (Daft Punk Edit)