The Warehouse Project has published a mammoth lineup announcement as the promotion prepares to roar back to life this autumn.
Manchester’s flagship clubbing series has unveiled part of its much-anticipated second edition at Mayfield Depot – having been forced to pause in 2020 due to COVID-19 restrictions.
WHP21 kicks off on Friday 17 September with 12 weeks of music and culture, running right up until New Year.
The opening night will see funk legends Nile Rogers and Chic take over the Depot – bringing some house and disco vibes to the table. They’ll be joined by the likes of Horse Meat Disco, House Gospel Choir, plus Manchester’s very own Craig Charles and Gina Breeze. Whilst La Discothèque will present Norman Jay, DJ Paulette, Veba and Joe Motion over on the Concourse.
Launching on Saturday 18 September is Repercussion Festival, a brand-new concept for 2021.
From 2pm until 4am there’ll be six different arenas of music throughout Mayfield Depot, including an additional open-air street party on the neighbouring Temperance Street next door.
Full details on Repercussion will follow next week. But we can tell you there’ll be a series of specially curated bills, presented by Boiler Room, Mr Scruff’s Keep it Unreal, MasterSounds, The FACE and Worldwide FM.
Acclaimed DJs and producers like Floating Points, George Fitzgerald, Laurent Garnier, DJ Seinfield and DJ Koze will provide the soundtrack.
Metropolis on Friday 24 September is the one to look out for if drum and bass is more your thing. There’ll be a huge bassy lineup, showcasing genre stars like Andy C, Sub Focus, Wilkinson, High Contrast and Dub Phizix.
The following week will see 12 hours of music from the likes of Carl Cox, Peggy Gou, The Blessed Madonna, Honey Dijon, Daniel Avery, Haai, Skream and Special Request which will make up Part 1 of Welcome to the Warehouse.
Eric Prydz will then take over the Depot on Friday 1 October. From 9pm, there’ll be appearances from the man himself, plus Artbat, Christoph, Franky Wah, Reinier Zonneveld and Anfisa Letyago.
Welcome to the Warehouse resumes on Saturday 2 October with Part 2, featuring yet another unreal string of artists across three stages. Jamie Jones, Joseph Capriati and Michael Bibi are set to head things up in the Depot, whilst The Martinez Brothers, Seth Troxler and Kerri Chandler will take care of the Concourse.
We’ll have to wait a little bit longer for the full season calendar for WHP21, as organisers say it’ll be with us in the coming weeks.
Until then, pre-sale for the opening six shows starts at 10am on Wednesday 26 May. Then tickets go on general sale at 10am on Thursday 27 May. Get your alarms set now.
Masked Manchester rapper Meekz announces UK tour with intimate hometown show
Masked-up Manchester rapper Meekz has announced the details of his ‘Can’t Stop The Come Up’ tour, which will see the artist play an intimate hometown show at Manchester Academy 3.
Taking over the 470 capacity venue for one night in 2023 as part of the mini-tour, which also sees him play shows in London and Birmingham, fans will have a rare chance to see Meekz up close in a personal setting.
Earlier this year, the local heavyweight performed at the BRIT awards alongside UK rap champions Dave, Fredo, Ghetts and Giggs – giving a live rendition of his unforgettable verse on Dave’s ‘In the Fire’ to a mainstream audience of millions.
Meekz also impressed at Parklife festival last year, playing on the main stage to a crowd of thousands.
Now, he’s announced he’ll be pulling out all of the stops on tour – ending with a special homecoming show in the new year.
The tour announcement follows the first play of Meekz’s new track ‘Fresh Out The Bank’ featuring Dave which premiered as Clara Amfo’s BBC Radio 1 Hottest Record In The World last night.
Taken from his highly anticipated debut mixtape Respect The Come Up, which has just been released, Meekz has announced himself as the scene’s next superstar.
The 10-track project includes pre-release singles ‘Respect The Come Up’ & ‘More Money’ and seven brand new songs, plus a remastered version of ‘Take Losses’ – the 2018 cut which helped launch his career after the buzz it created on SoundCloud became too loud to ignore.
Meekz has established himself as one of UK rap’s brightest, most intriguing talents, who slices through the frost of street boasts and menace with moments of profound introspection.
His music evidently resonates with people on a grand scale: Meekz’s work has racked up 250 million streams to date and he’s approaching 100 million streams on Youtube, with 200,000 subscribers locked into his channel.
Tickets for the new live dates go on sale at 10am on Thursday 24th November and will be available here.
MEEKZ UK TOUR DATES 2023
Wed 22 February Birmingham O2 Institute 2 Fri 24 February London O2 Islington Academy Mon 27 February Manchester Academy 3