Bonobo, NINJA TUNE at The Warehouse Project: Review

Simon Green AKA Bonobo Iconic British electronic musician, producer and DJ headlines Ninja Tune Presents at The Warehouse Project. The project host’s world class bands and DJ’s from September through to January year in year out. Tonight Bonobo is joined on the line up by fellow Ninja Tune friends; Jon Hopkins, Gilles Peterson, Romare, Maribou State, LONE and Fakear.

Clubbers gather in Manchester’s iconic venue, located on Store Street under Piccadilly’s arches, car park by day super club by night. Its industrial redbrick darkness and underground intensity is the perfect setting for tonight’s event.

The first highlight of the evening is Jon Hopkins British musician and producer; Hopkins is no stranger to the WHP previously playing with big names such as Jamie XX. Tonight he showcases his melodic electronic sounds. He is on fire and it’s a perfect sound to warm up the sell-out crowd for our headline act.

Slight overlap and a quick scoot through Store Street’s lovely new walkways and straight into Room Two for the only live set of the evening Fakaer AKA Théo Le Vigoureux. He keeps the energy of the crowd high throughout with his dual Launchpad set up. Hard to take your eyes of the young Frenchman, his energy levels are limitless. Arguably the best set of night as he draws in a big crowd. Fakaer is definitely one to look out for on any line up.

Back over to Room One for the music royalty Giles Peterson. Catching the second half of the impeccable Peterson’s set, taking time away from Radio and his own Record Label INCredible Records. Peterson brings the crowd back to earth and holds down the moves on the dance floor. You can feel the atmosphere and anticipation building for Bonobo’s set.

Just enough time for another quick visit to Room Two for Romare who is the talented musician Archie Fairhurst. Romare playing a vast mix of samples seamlessly tied together with highlights from the experimental new album ‘Love Songs: Part Two’ which is a masterclass and shows off Fairhurst’s elaborate range of instruments he can play. Room Two providing a more intimate vibe, the dancefloor is bouncing and it’s a shame to leave Romare so early for tonight’s main act.

Over in Room One and the man we have all been waiting for arrives, Green takes to the decks and begins his set at 1:30am. Green’s set features a stunning mix of samples, and wide range of genres, weaving in and out of his personal favorites from his playlist and stand out tracks such as ‘Cirrus’ ‘Ten Tigers’ and ‘Know You’. All in all, the show is a somewhat a calm affair, building slowly in pace, showcasing a blend of electronic tracks that sit nicely in between his own.

While Green’s live (12-piece band) shows are widely known as incredible masterpieces, we settle for a DJ set tonight which was just as stunning, a music journey that didn’t disappoint.

Another memorable night at The Warehouse Project.

 

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