Five of the best acts at the Warehouse Project 2016

Unsure who to see at this year's WHP? We've cherry picked our five essential set you need to catch this year

Becca Frankland

Last updated: 20th Sep 2016

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Since it began in 2006 The Warehouse Project has conquered all and sundry, with a slew of killer events year after year in its various locations. This year has been no different, with the 2016 run (see the full WHP 2016 announcement) as jaw-droppingly spectacular as ever. Our Spotify playlist, below, showcases just a mere fraction of the artists on offer.

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But where do you start with such an abundance of options? Ahead of the launch party on Friday September 23rd, our writers picked five of the favorite artists across the program we think you should be checking out this season.

Laurent Garnier

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I've waxed lyrical about my personal love for Garnier previously, so the chance to see him back at the Warehouse Project where he has been so memorable previously is just too good to pass on.

His connection with Manchester is arguably more deeply felt than anyone else playing WHP over the next few months, but its his knack of keeping his sets relevant which will make this an unmissable set in October.

Jimmy Coultas

Laurent Garnier plays Heidi presents The Jackathon - Friday 21st October

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Skepta

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With Skepta gunning bars at Store Street, you've got one of the most in demand acts right now holding down a nightspot of equal measure. Indeed last year's event helped further the coronation of grime as the nation's most exciting music.

Now with a new brilliant album to boot (read our Skepta Konnichiwa review), Skepta has hits like 'Man', 'That's Not Me' and 'Shutdown' lodged in his artillery, this one's guaranteed to bring bare hype to the backyard of a hedonism stronghold. 

Ben Smith

Skepta plays Curated by Skepta - Saturday 1st October

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Carl Cox 

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The Oldham born Barbadian will feel more than at home inside the Store Street venue. Northern roots aside, his reputation as one of the biggest names in dance music ensures he fits the bill perfectly.

He's continued to showcase his and Friends brand at the likes of  Ultra Europe Festival, where Cox and his troupe of techno titans have delivered lengthy sets on their own custom built stage, and is in the process of an emotional goodbye to his spiritual home, Space Ibiza.

With the likes of Nic Fanciulli and Patrick Topping offering their support on the night, expect frenzied scenes by the time the main event takes his place behind the decks.

HL

Carl Cox plays Carl Cox & Friends - Friday 30th December

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Goldie

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It's hard work sifting through the names to find the true special moments amidst a WHP programme crammed with highlights, but David Rodigan's Ram Jam during one of the handful of midweek shows has a case for that accolade.

EZ, DJ Marky, Special Request and Rodigan himself are all well worthy of your time, but Goldie playing a special influences set could just be the pick of the lot. This is a man who brought us the mesmerising Timeless LP after all (including the beautiful 21 minute eponymous opening track), so him spotlighting his musical history is a must.

JC

Goldie plays Ram Jam - Thursday 20th October

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Shanti Celeste

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The WHP always manages to spotlight a good selection of the acts bubbling on the underground - a domain Shanti Celeste perfectly straddles.

One of a cluster of exceptional selectors from NTS Radio, Celeste has settled in Bristol after growing up in Chile. Her acumen lies in delivering a killer ensemble of the deeper shades of house and techno, without losing the genres' innate energy.

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Shanti Celeste plays WHP vs THE HYDRA - Friday 16th December 

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