Manchester super-club The Warehouse Project is incomprehensibly large.
Having moved from the disused Boddingtons Brewery building in the centre of the city, the new club dwarfs the original location considerably. The club, now based in Victoria Warehouse in Trafford Park, has a capacity of 5000 and a line-up including Bassment Jaxx, Laidback Luke, Ms Dynamite, Yousef, Radio 1's Zane Lowe and Chase & Status.
Last night I went with friends to sample Hot Creations Presents Paradise, a one-off event headed up by the producers that brought us this House anthem:
As fans of the song, we had to check out the night. The site's calendar indicated that the event had sold out, but we found a tout near the venue willing to give us a bulk discount on tickets. These people are worth looking around for.
The music was a lot heavier than the House that I'd normally go for, but WHP is a SERIOUS clubber's venue- dirty beats, heavy basslines and just as many technicolour laser beams as there are dance-mad clubbers. The sounds and the atmosphere become addictive, and you NEVER stop dancing.
Amidst the clubbers, an army of huge doormen strolled through the club in hi-vis jackets and latex gloves. The beams of the MagLites they carry are masked by the club's lasers and lights, so it's easy for them to inspect the patrons as they're dancing. I spot one doorman snatch a tiny bag out of the hand of a wasted clubber. Keeping eye contact on the lad, who was miniscule in comparison, the doorman emptied the bag onto the floor and crushed the pills under his boot. Then he walked off leaving the clubber with only his drink in his hand and whatever was left in his bloodstream.
One downside is that the end-of-night queue for the cloakroom is horrendous. A friend of mine left the venue with his jacket still stored in there as it would have meant at least another hour before we got out. My advice is, try not to wait 'til the end of the night before joining that swarm.
The 7 hours we spent in The Warehouse Project flew by. But the atmosphere, the music, the sights and most importantly the pleasure of good company will stay in my head.