Warehouse Project 2014 – APE vs RAM JAM

Warehouse Project is the 8-year-old genre-breaking adrenaline-racing festival that kicks off on the 27th September 2014 up until the 1st January 2015 in Manchester.

The 2013 project saw the likes of The Prodigy, Disclosure, Armand Van Helen, Rudimental and the legends Chic feat. Nile Rodgers.

An event which is largely known for its drug abuse, is a place for ravers and music fanatics to get a bit sloppy, or in fact hugely sloppy.

You may have heard of Nick Bonnie, a 30-year-old man who tragically died on one of the first nights after taking some form of ecstasy at last year’s event, and another 5 hospitalised the same night.. Sounds fun right?

Warehouse project have claimed they’ve put percussions in place to prevent this sort of thing from happening so, we went to have a little look to see if the buzz surrounding The Warehouse Project is in fact true.

APE vs RAM JAM. One of the more abundant nights on this year’s Warehouse calendar. Drum and Base, Dub, Garage and Reggae at its finniest. Tonn Piper, Rich Reason, Chimpo, DJ Barely Legal, Channel One, Dismantle/w Tonn Piper, Dub Phizix & Strategy, Jillionaire (Major Lazer), DJ EZ, Wilkinson, Roni Size & Reprazent, Andy C and the reggae legend David Rodigan.

This year’s Warehouse project has moved to a smaller location in a car park underneath a dark and rugged towering underpass on Store Street, Manchester, a location where you would expect this type of event to take place. The first noticeable thing was the variety of characters walking to join the que looking a little bit disorientated, eyes wide open, jaw getting some exercise, I can imagine the thought going through their head at that very moment is ‘have I hidden my narcotics properly’, whilst downing their last can of fosters before reaching the security at the entrance.

Not that they had to worry. One gentleman taking your ticket and one puzzled police dog were the great ‘percussions’ taken place to prevent drugs being taken into the event, if there was a yellow amnesty box (somewhere where your meant to put drugs if you have them) It wasn’t effortless to find.

The second noticeable thing was the amount of human beings they managed to cramp into this confined space, you can forget about finding some space in sight of the stage to dance to your full extent.

Neither less, the atmosphere was fully overpowered by the music, to put it bluntly, nobody gave a fuck.

Roni Size & Reprazent – live where the first act we managed to catch, the only live band on the line up, they’re uplifting vibes with there mixture of smooth and discreet drum and base, and intense old school jungle.

Next up was the reggae legend David ‘Ram Jam’ Rodigan with a career as a dj that spans over 30 years and with numerous awards under his belt he was defiantly not going to disappoint. Rodigans set was a mixture of eras and bouncy classics that gave the Warehouse audience a chance to tone it down a little.. The calm before the storm.

DJ EZ and Dub Phizix, the aggravating clash. The main room features DJ EZ, playing a garage set consisting of classics like ‘I’ll bring you flowers’, ‘With A Little Bit of Luck’ and ’21 seconds’. Room 2 is for the more hardcore, it features hard-hitting, feet-stomping Dub Phizix & his quick-tonged accomplice Strategy.

Jaws still going strong and eyes rolling towards the back of heads, the morning continues with drum & base pioneer Andy C followed by Wilkinson. Lazers and flashing lights attack the eyes of many as the pulsating synths and abundant base echos through the car park.

Many quite fatigued and very sticky, APE vs RAM JAM had come to an end, it was time to venture back into reality on a frosty October morning and travel home. Some of the more brave members of the crowd venture towards the after party, yes an after party for an event that ends at 05:00, we hope that sums it up.