AFTER the success of the opening weekend, we sent Lauren Bones back to Manchester’s infamous Warehouse Project for their ‘Circus’ event…

Once again, WHP provided adoring fans with an amazing night of fantastic DJ’s and iconic dance music.

‘Circus’ was an event presented by techno-house DJ Yousef, who has worked closely with the likes of Carl Cox, Patrick Topping and Laurent Garnier.

The event ‘Circus’ comes from Yousef’s record label, ‘Circus Recording’ which to this day continues to spread its all-encompassing memorandum of some of the finest artists in underground house and techno, signing names such as Carl Cox, Four Tet, Green Velvet, Harry Romero, as well as developing some fresh names such as David Glass and Acid Mondays.

The line-up for the night was one of the most anticipated of the entire 12 weeks of Warehouse Project, laced with some of the most inspiring artists in techno, with the hugely upcoming Martinez Brothers, Solardo, Loco Dice and  Steve Lawler.

It was a simply incredible selection of big names all under one roof for one night only.

Arriving at the Store Street Warehouse for an arguably ridiculous last entry time of 9:30pm was probably one of the low points on the night – given the event went on until 5:30am the next morning – and once again, the extortionately priced drinks.

However, the queue of eager ravers stretched as far as the eye could see and everyone was hyped to get inside and allow the madness to commence.

Yousef’s set began at 10:30pm and waiting for him to take the stage felt like an eternity – unavoidable given the anticipation for his set.

However, his set was impressive, relentlessly flowing from one hit to another.

It was nigh on impossible not to dance when walking from room to room as the upbeat tech-house vibes reverberated throughout the venue.

Loco Dice’s set was completely unforgettable.

It was without a doubt the most iconic sets I’ve ever witnessed as a reviewer.

It began with some funkier tracks but then quickly progressed into some really dark techno, which many in attendance felt was an amazing transition.

Loco Dice was definitely the star of the show that night with his set.

However, close competition for the best set award were The Martinez Brothers who have recently enjoyed huge success in the tech-house world, performing at UK festivals such as Parklife and Creamfields.

Their set was slightly lighter than they usually perform, but the last few tracks they unleashed were typically Martinez, providing the Warehouse with some dark, jaw-clenching techno.

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The night finished with the famous Solardo mixing in room two.

Their set lasted for 90 minutes and every single minute was impressive.

Solardo never fail to impress with their ability and uncompromising stage presence – such a feel good vibe emanates off stage.

They dropped all the right tunes, including their newest track, ‘Psycho Girlfriend‘ which comes out on Friday (October 14).

Unfortunately like all raves, it had to come to an end at some point, and Solardo was the perfect finish to an intense eight hours of sweating, dancing and bass face.

Overall, ‘Circus’ absolutely put into perspective how Warehouse Project events should be…

By Lauren Bones

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