October is arguably the biggest and most important month of the Warehouse Project season and never more so than this year in its final season at Store Street in Manchester. As well as the return of huge nights curated by Boys Noize Records and Hospitality, there is the always big, always brilliant and always memorable Ape Birthday which comes back this Saturday with some of the biggest names in bass music including Nero, Caspa, Digital Soundboy Soundsystem and David Rodigan. But first, we look forward to Friday night’s Deconstructed with Calvin Harris and Felix Da Housecat.
If you don’t know who Calvin Harris is yet then you probably shouldn’t be attending Warehouse Project this weekend. Love him or hate him, Harris has risen to be one of the UK’s biggest producers and biggest names in dance music over the past five years with huge number ones, festival headline slots and party anthems to send you crazy all night long. As well as having helped a number of huge names (Katy Perry, Kylie Minogue, Dizzee Rascal) produce their own music, Calvin Harris has built his reputation on creating a great vibe for the audience. Harris is joined on Friday night by an all time legend of house music, Felix Da Housecat, and the night looks set to be another smash hit for both of them.
Having dealt with their meteoric rise to fame over the past year by combining a popular appeal with huge bass tracks even more successfully (‘Promises’ was only the second UK Number One you could really characterize as ‘dubstep’), Nero are sure to draw huge crowds this weekend and promise to live up to the hype. They played huge sets at a variety of festivals over the summer (Parklife Weekender, Radio 1’s Big Weekend, Leeds & Reading Festivals) but promise to bring something special to the Warehouse Project off the back of their recently released debut album ‘Welcome Reality’.
Digital Soundboy Soundsystem are also sure to attract attention with their mix of experience and youth. Comprising of bass legends Shy FX and Breakage and up and coming stars Donaeo and B. Traits, DSS have already gained a massive reputation for smashing every event they play with a selection of the best jungle, dubstep, drum and bass, UK funky and garage they can find. Live performances are based around artists from the Digital Soundboy record label set up by Shy FX in 2005 and, with gret reviews after Exit Festival, Bestival and Notting Hill Carnival already this year, DSS are sure to be a highlight of the Warehouse Project Season.
If that isn’t enough for you then you’ve got two legends of dance music to throw into the mix. Caspa returns with his ‘Dubs, Decks and Visual FX’ show while David Rodigan’s musical knowledge and expertise will keep the crowd happy and partying until the 5am close. It looks like another special weekend at Store Street and one which will be a major highlight once the Warehouse Project moves out in January.