Welcome to the Warehouse – Manchester – Saturday 29th September 2012

Although it was the second night of the weekend, this felt like the true opening of this year’s latest incarnation of Manchester’s biggest electronic event. It encapsulated an atmosphere you would only expect to experience in clubs like DC 10 or Space.  Boasting an unparalleled line up of the biggest names in house and techno and many of this year’s WHP residents including Maceo Plex, Scuba, Bicep and Four Tet, it was one to remember.

Jackmaster and Joy Orbison played back-to-back to set off the night. Vanguards of a contemporary mixing style bounded by no genre, they bounced between UK bass, garage, and RnB crowd pleasers at ease. This unique ability for blending tracks that quite simply shouldn’t work together along with Jackmaster’s undisputed aptitude for getting a crowd going set the pace for the night ahead. Next up was Bristol’s latest wunderkind Julio Bashmore who brought a relentless 90 minute house set culminating in his hugely successful “Au Seve”.

Four Tet stepped up to the plate after a mesmerising live set from Nicolas Jaar. Along with his live band, he brought his eclectic music taste and creativity with him. Playing predominantly techno, he merged the tumbling “Jupiters (Happa remix)” along with Daphni’s menacing “Ye Ye” between the divergent sounds of disco and samba. Against all odds, it worked and created a unique set unlike anything else. A particular highlight was Bob Azzam’s “Batucuda Por Favor”.

Femme fatales Heidi and Maya Jane Coles headlined proceedings with a two and a half hour back-to-back set. Dropping the dangerously seductive track “Girlz” by Miss Kittin, they proved their worth in a male-dominated scene. Despite having 2 slipped discs and a back brace on, Heidi’s sheer energy and presence carried the night through to the end and also brought the usually timid and collected Coles out of her shell. This great chemistry and sense of fun behind the decks rubbed off of the crowd and continued as Heidi kept the crowd going dropping the likes of Cajmere’s “Acid house” and Ghengis Clan’s “Aaaaah Sheet!” whilst Coles flawlessly mixed more intense tech house sounds such as Steve Avery’s “Need Electric”.

If this night acts as a precursor for the rest of the WHP season then it looks to be the biggest and best 12 weeks of the brands history. Welcome to the Warehouse.