Warehouse Project is a night situated in Manchester that features numerous DJ's from around the world, some well known and others less known. It is renowned across the United Kingdom as being one of the best places for a night out, and with up to 5000 people attending at a time it makes for an incredible experience.
I first encountered Warehouse Project in my first year at University. It was unknown to me at the time but due to word of mouth I took the plunge and paid for my ticket in order to see Skream & Benga (to name one of the headline acts.) The venue has changed since then and I returned to celebrate the beginning of 2013 with the New Years Eve event.
The new venue is incredible, with three large rooms, plenty of bars and even food outlets in the smoking area it is reminiscent of a small festival under a single roof. All the areas are clearly marked with signs so the probability of you getting lost inside is slim,this includes the toilets, and it was nice to see they got an upgrade from an area full of portable toilets into separate male and female toilets.
The three rooms meant that the vast number of people were spread out and unless you wanted to get to the front there was none of the pushing and shoving that you might encounter in other places. It also means you can hop from room to room depending on who you wanted to see.
The people on security are extremely helpful, as were the staff. If you needed direction they were good enough to give it to you. It was good to see an ambulance on stand-by and a medical station for anyone unfortunate enough to need it. This shouldn't reflect badly on the event, whilst there are problems with people drinking too much and issues with drugs most people have a great time and are sensible about their night.
In terms of prices nothing is cheap. To gain entry you need to buy a ticket beforehand, these can cost up to £40 depending on how late you leave it. This is not to mention that for drinks, a Kopparberg sets you back a harsh £3.50, and a bottle of water is £2.00. The rest of the drinks prices are around the same as this.
I would recommend Warehouse Project to anyone looking for something to do in Manchester at a weekend. It is unfortunate that it only runs for 12 weeks a year, ending in January however as they say there is always next year.