End of an era for The Warehouse Project in Manchester

NEW YEAR’S DAY will mark an end of an era for Manchester’s electronic music mecca The Warehouse Project.

Promoters are preparing to release the line-up for the 2011 series of club nights, which will be the last to be held ‘beneath the streets’ at its current home in a former air raid shelter on Store Street, beneath Piccadilly train station.

But the popular event, which over the years has helped transform the Manchester club scene, coining the slogan “for 12 weeks this city is ours…”, is set to go out on a high, with the last WHP event at Store Street on New Year’s Day taking the form of a 17-hour marathon.

A statement issued today (Thursday) reads: “After five incredible years beneath the streets, the last ever Warehouse Project event at Store Street will finish in the early hours of January 2, 2012. Within 48 hours all evidence that WHP ever existed in that space will be gone, nothing remaining to give any indication that hundreds of thousands of people passed through those doors.

“The idea was always to keep things fresh. And while The Warehouse Project certainly found its first proper home in this venue, it feels like when the curtain comes down on the 2011 series it will be time to shake things up again. Exactly how, where and when the WHP will return is not yet set, but one thing for sure is that this is the end of Store Street.”

A full line-up for WHP 2011 will be revealed at 9am next Thursday (July 21). However, tickets for that final event on New Year’s Day will go on sale 48 hours before the rest of the series, at 9am on Tuesday (July 19).

The annual event runs on Friday and Saturday nights between September and New Year’s Day, and recently added a series of extra Easter Bank Holiday dates.

Top international DJs and musicians including Sven Väth, Pete Tong, Paul van Dyk, Happy Mondays and Dizzee Rascal have appeared at The Warehouse Project since its foundation in 2006.