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The Warehouse Project 2015: Blasé Boys Club

Unfortunately, the recent depiction of Warehouse Project attendees has been of chino-clad, Carling drinking, late-comers to the party, possessed by the belief that ‘My Love’ is the pinnacle of dance music. Yet, despite rather ignorant assumptions that the event now resembles a Wetherspoons with more Gorgon City playing than usual, the Warehouse Project has proved itself to be more than a passing fad for enthusiasts.

Certainly, issues of authenticity always appear to surface when discussing Electronic Dance Music. For the Warehouse Project this complication of legitimacy has been the dominant criticism aimed at the propulsive feats of their popular season; with many arguing that the organisation’s innovative conception has given way to stagnation. Indeed, amongst the swathes of ticket-holding punters some were keen to propose the event has become ‘played out’ thanks to its now behemoth-like status.

Yet, since its inception the Warehouse Project has never proclaimed itself to be a season devised entirely to discover new talent. Instead, the organisers have focused on curating a variety of events hoping to please fans of numerous genres – with industry forerunners and burgeoning producers alike set the task of reaching the benchmark of past season’s achievements.

Perhaps no event was more typical of this approach than the versatile ‘Duke Dumont Presents: Blasé Boys Club’ night. Including three stalwarts of Acid, Garage and House the event duly ensured heritage icons and chart toppers were placed on equal footing, with the night punctuated by the interchanging of cult classics and recent anthems.

Although some may be tired of Duke Dumont’s numerous chart smashes (Need U 100%, I Got U, or his recent The Giver reprise) there was an infectious reception for a producer who has fully deserved prolific success after cutting his chops for some time in the underground scene. Elsewhere, Shadow Child demonstrated just how many pounding deep cuts he had to lift the Mancunian crowd to rapture (answer: a lot). While, Waze & Odyssey predictably stormed through an impressive set; preceding Cajmere (aka Green Velvet) who fitfully took the night to an impressive close.

Whilst some Warehouse goers understandably cherish the halcyon memories of the elusive third room (that appeared apparently out of nowhere, in the fog only after too many drinks – making you lose most your friends), limiting the Store Street venue to two rooms was also a real success. Ensuring the jam of the main room remained contained was a stroke of genius, with room two offering real highlights including a bouncing set from the restless Croydon producer Lxury, and a rare chance to see pioneering DJ’s like Todd Edwards and Roy Davis Jr in close quarters.

Visiting the Warehouse Project has certainly become somewhat of a tradition for many friends and acquaintances alike, and this is definitely a credit to a group of organisers who appear to have won the balancing act of offering not just a debauched party but a musical education. Although ‘education’ is not exactly what you think of when picturing the Warehouse, frantically Shazaming white labels or searching for tip of the tongue tracks is still a common enough occurrence to give the event such a description. And, offering Warehouse revellers the opportunity not just to listen to a Spotify-like live show, but a varied atmospheric experience, fully justifies the pilgrimage to Manchester Piccadilly.

In this sense the Warehouse Project’s consecutive return to Store Street has, and will continue to be a triumphant homecoming. Despite fears concerning the totality of the Warehouse Project’s grip on the Manchester clubbing scene, the season remains a paramount contributor to the city as a music capital of culture.

After all it has never been a second city imitator – and rightfully so, as for 12 weeks at least, it is a city that is ours. With that in mind, a slew of Ellesse sporting, house tourists won’t change the fact that the Warehouse Project still appears to host one of the foremost clubbing scenes in the UK, and long may it continue.

Words by Ben Butler

For more information and to purchase tickets click here.



Bird spreads its wings: new venue in Islington  

A mere three minutes walk from Highbury & Islington station, where once stood a pub, you are now likely to notice a new establishment, sporting a bright orange façade: Bird has just opened a new venue on Holloway Road. Regulars of the Shoreditch branch will recognize the signature minimal, orange interiors…as well as a menu which focuses exclusively on fried chicken.

Bird prides itself on using free-range chicken making it guilt free, as well as being gluten free. From chicken wings drizzled in a choice sticky glazes to chicken pieces with sauces, the menu features healthy portions meaning you won’t leave hungry!

If you like the classic American dish of bacon, waffles and maple syrup, then Bird’s chicken version will be right up your street. Or you can opt for a whole range of different chicken burgers (including some new additions to the menu), be it American inspired or one with a Korean twist.

Fried chicken needs a side or two, be it ubiquitous fries or slaw. Already big gherkin fans, it didn’t take much to convince us to sample the deep fried pickles…and they didn’t disappoint.

To finish off, the desserts list leaves you spoilt for choice. If simple glazed doughnuts don’t quite cut it, you can go all out and get an ice cream doughnut sandwich: vanilla Oreo style or slathered in peanut butter. Bird has also added its doughnut hatch to the venue – meaning you can easily get your doughnut fix to takeaway at any time of the day. You’ll just have to forget about being healthy for a second or two – but it’ll be worth it.

The soft launch kicked off yesterday for a week, meaning you can get 50% off your food bill until 8th October.

The new Bird can be found at 81 Holloway Road, N7 8LT.

Words by Ginger Clark

Absolut x London Cocktail Week: 12 Classics

Cocktail Week is fast approaching and we’re already looking forward to the excuse it gives us to sample endless cocktails…without feeling too guilty about indulging.

The annual event is running from the 5th to 11th October this year, and there’s a whole range of cocktail-based fun across 250 bars in London.

If you’re a newbie to cocktails, and not sure where to start, Absolut have created a little cocktail journey across London – a more sophisticated version of a pub crawl, if you will. 12 bars across the city will be serving up 12 different classic cocktails.

Northbank – Absolut on the Beach

Rocket Holborn – Bloody Mary

Rocket Bishopsgate – Lemon Drop

The Jones Family Project – Cosmopolitan

Zigfrid von Underbelly – Caipiroska

The Somers Town Coffee House – Espresso Martini

Cellar Door – Collins

Nordic – Sea Breeze

Kosmopol – Fresh Fruit Martini

Four Sisters – White Russian

Rocket City – Tonik

Inamo Soho – Moscow Mule

For those who are a bit more adventurous and fancy a go at mixing, Absolut will also be hosting a DIY Classic Cocktails Masterclass consisting of a series classes to learn how to make some old favourites.

It’s not only the perfect opportunity to explore London’s different bars, and finding out about the art of making cocktails but is also an opportunity to learn the history of each drink. The best bit? For those in possession of a London Cocktail Week wristband, these cocktails will only cost £5.

Whether you’ve got a soft spot for martinis or you’re partial to a long drink, there are high chances that Absolut and London Cocktail Week have got you covered.

Like the sound of LCW? Find out more online: https://drinkup.london/cocktailweek/

DIY Masterclass https://drinkup.london/events/diy-classic-cocktails-by-absolut/

Oh, Baby Gee

London Fashion Week: home of the brave, the creative and the trendsetters. The move to Brewer Street only further marked London’s reputation for innovative designs, and shows themselves in the new carpark venue were live with party vibes.

No show illustrated this better than SIBLING LONDON, knitwear aficionado and London’s hottest ticket. Models walked down the catwalk in delicate yet vibrant designs, swathed in leopard prints faux fur and risqué separates. Better still was the second collaboration between Baby G and the design house.

The show featured the exclusive collaboration between the nostalgic timepieces, incorporating the fun factor of SIBLING with watches blinged out and sexed up designs. Swathed in a polka dot and leopard print motif the super cute collaboration is intrinsic to the DNA of both brands, with recognisable style and individuality.

Just watch the Gif, the shows and join the SIBLING gang with style and individuality.

The watches are limited to 200 and available now exclusively at www.baby-g.co.uk/Sibling & at Selfridges.com for £150.


LFW SS16 – Day 5 – Ryan Lo – Back of House

Photography by Nicole Gomes


Outlook Festival 2015

There’s something otherworldly about Outlook Festival. Of course the line ups are eye-wateringly good, the majesty of the sunsets over the Adriatic always resonate deeply, and the festival-powered, model-standard attendees and gritty ciggy packets at £2 a pop always raise an eyebrow… one way or another. But what is it on the Pulan coast makes this all so soul-stirringly uplifting? We just can’t nail one thing down even after half a decade of attendance…

As we boarded our flights to our festival Valhalla via Cologne (of course), we felt the usual weight of the real world lift. Flanked by Grime legends D Double E, Footsie, and fanciful newbie Stormzy we got fully psyched about the line-up. This year, as we have come to expect, was filled to bursting point with legends like Beenie Man, brother Madlib, Roni Size and the bastion of dub – Father Rodigan, to artists who are making huge waves with the likes of Novelist and Little Simz.

Rather than just giving you what you expect the Outlook team have a knack for giving you what you truly want, unbeknownst to you. We discovered so much new music. DJ Milktray especially drove us 8-bar loony like some mad rave wolves, chopping together Grime instrumentals, Jersey House basslines, and RnB samples – definitely one to watch.

Heatwave brought carnival vibes to the The Clearing, even recruiting a local Dancehall troupe adding bumper-shaking flavour to the proceedings. After wining to our hearts’ content Ellijah and Skilliam stepped up to the decks to deliver a solid set to see us amply setup, and raring for more. We made our way to the notorious Moat to let the wicked Loefah rattled our cages with a blaring jungle set to see us home.

No Outlook would be complete without a boat-party, no matter your music preference there will be a party that will cater to your earballs, and give you more than a little downstairs murmur.
We were lucky enough to board the good ship Toddla T Takeover, with the man himself at the helm, and took to the open sea. With some legendary crewmates Chimpo and Meledee in tow. We’ve seen the ever increasing popular duo of Toddla T and Chimpo tear it up, but they TORE IT UP. We were left wondering how they could bring a whole Croatian tourist boat of revellers to communal audio orgasm but they did, and it was beautiful.

Truly this felt like the most momentous year yet, so if you’re veteran of the Croatian coast, or a first-timer you need to get out there next year. It’s a rite of passage, and one of the benchmark baptisms of rave that has indelibly imprinted on our souls.

One piece of advice though: book your early bird tickets now! They go fast! Click here for more information.

Photos by Ross Silcocks





LFW SS16 – C.J. Yao – Front of House

Photography by Nicole Gomes


LFW SS16 – Day 5 – Toga – Backstage

Photography by Caoimhe Hahn


LFW SS16 – Day 5 – Christopher Raeburn – Back of House

Photography by Nicole Gomes


LFW SS16 – Day 5 – Ashish – Back of House

Photography by Nicole Gomes