Last weekend introduced Manchester’s-own Warehouse Project, a calendar event that’s known all too well amongst avid ravers in the UK. Since 2006, WHP has delivered high energy, unforgettable raves throughout the colder seasons with this year’s Repercussion at Depot (Mayfield) being no different. With outstanding eye-catching visuals from electronic dance legends, Bicep, and lively performances from the likes of Eliza Rose, Moderat and Kerri Chandler, WHP Repercussion 2023 has become one for the books.
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Repercussion kicked off to a great start with moderately short queues outside the warehouse dotted with friendly, efficient security. The main stages Depot, Concourse and Archive filled up with keen ravers fairly early on in the night. To top the night’s easy start, service at the main Depot bar was surprisingly quick; although the food and drinks prices could be considered quite steep by some, they were pretty standard for city-centre drinking.
There was a slight queue for the porta-loos at the start of the night, but this dispersed pretty quickly as the night went on. Overall the toilets were hygienic (as far as main festival toilets can be). There is also the option to fill up on your water from the taps outside the porta-loos too, if you fancy saving some cash.
The Concourse stage, arguably the best stage at WHP, stayed full throughout the night. The 360 stage circles around the back of the DJ booth which allows for an intimate setting as the crowd gets up close and personal with the acts.
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Kerri Chandler gave a noticeably stand-out live ‘Reel to Reel’ tape performance here, especially with his mix of the hit track, You’re In My System, which went down quite the treat with the already pumped-up crowd. Other admirable DJs, such as Jayda G and Eliza Rose continued to set the upbeat tone on this intimate stage for the rest of the night.
The main stage, Depot, showcased outstanding performances from the likes of Moderat and Jon Hopkins, who were the perfect introduction to the star of the night, Bicep. Towards the end of the night, the Northern Irish duo showcased their new DJ A/V set, Chroma, playing a few of their old melodic masterpieces, such as Glue and Apricots, along with their new D&B type sounds. The crowd seemed to love the mesmerising visuals as almost everyone's jaws were on the floor at some point throughout the set.
Overall, what really made the night work this time at The WHP was the ability to move about freely due to perfectly sized crowds at each stage. As the event wasn’t too overcrowded, this meant that getting into the venue, queueing for the toilets and waiting for a drink at the bar was fairly hassle-free. This ultimately led to an easy-going introductory weekend at Depot Mayfield (September 15_16) which kicked off The Warehouse Project season to an admirable, exciting start.
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