So, the warehouse project is back.
Saturday was the first of a few dates that I’m planning on attending this year and it didn’t disappoint.
The line up saw longtime WHP partner and renowned online electronic magazine Resident Advisor team up with Amsterdam based taste-makers and global event organisers Dekmantel, in their first ever appearance at WHP.
I don’t think it’s possible for me and my mates to have a straight forward night and this was no different. We couldn’t get a taxi because everywhere was busy due to the rugby league grand final at Old Trafford and better yet we’d missed the last bus. So we had to power trek from Salford in order to get there in time for Boddika at 9:30.
I’ve been dying to see Boddika since he pulled out of ‘Dusky presents… The Next Step’ last year, so getting there for 9:30 was a must for me.
It was exactly what I was expecting and more; an acid and techno synergy that couldn’t have been more suited to the venue and crowd. Randomer’s ‘Bring’ went off as always.
From here, we stayed at the RA stage to watch Nina Kraviz. Nina’s mixing ability is frequently criticised and she’s been labelled as a bit of a ‘gimmick’ in the DJ community over the past few years. As this was my first time seeing her, I was sceptical. However, aside from a couple of general beat matching hiccups, she put on a hell of a show. The crowd went wild for the tunes she played, from DJ Slugo ‘Wouldn’t You Like To Be A Ho Too’ to this absolute peach:
Joy Orbison b2b Ben UFO b2b Jackmaster was next on the agenda. This was my third time seeing Joy O and Ben but my first seeing Jackmaster, you just knew it was going to be a ridiculous set. I danced my arse off from start to finish to a diverse masterpiece from the trio; my highlights being Rex The Dog’s ‘Sicko’, Lil Silva’s ‘Seasons’ and a few unreleased Denis Sulta tracks such as ‘It’s Only Real’, which all did lovely things to my ears.
Although Four Tet is one of my favourite DJ’s and producers ever, we only stayed for about half an hour of his set and in hindsight, I’m really kicking myself for it. I guess being there since 9 had gotten the better of us. To be fair, I’ve seen him a number of times but I’m genuinely gutted I didn’t stay for the whole set, the main reason being that he played his ridiculous new remix of Eric Prydz’ ‘Opus’ which I’ve seen some unbelievable videos of since. On the bright side, I did hear him play Paul Anthony ‘Fuck’ along with this classic before we left:
I also somehow managed to completely forget RA #1 Dixon was playing after him which I’m absolutely gutted about as well. Especially after seeing some of the tunes he played. I am the king of bad decisions.
On the whole though it was a top night and I can’t wait to get back there. The 50 Weapons finale is next on my WHP agenda if I can sort a ticket and then onto Curated by Hudson Mohawke in December.