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The enduring impact of Store Street on UK club culture

The Warehouse Project returned for its final year at its “spiritual home” of Store Street last weekend. DJ Mag’s deputy digital editor Rob McCallum looks at the wider impact the venue has had since first opening its doors for The Warehouse Project in 2007…

The UK club scene has changed hugely since the mid-noughties. The End is gone. As are The Cross, Turnmills, The Arches, Sankeys and countless more iconic venues. Hands in the air have been replaced by smart phones in the air, the CDJ has become a staple of the booth over the 1210 and most tech-house doesn’t sound anything like tech-house once did. But few places have had such an enduring impact in the years between then and now as Manchester’s The Warehouse Project at Store Street.

Returning for its 2018 season at the end of last month (22nd September), its opening party featured Seth Troxler, Dixon, Peggy Gou, Midland, Call Super, Mall Grab and more on the buttons. Through until its New Year’s Day closing party, Store Street – which The Warehouse Project co-founder Sacha Lord has described as its “spiritual home” – welcomes parties from Underworld, Drumcode, Deadmau5, Four Tet & Friends, Rush Hour and many more. But with the announcement of this year’s parties, those behind The Warehouse Project also revealed 2018 will be its last-ever season at the venue.

“With Manchester in constant evolution and the zone around Store Street undergoing incredible transformation, our time here is drawing to a natural conclusion,” a statement from The Warehouse Project read in July. “When WHP returned to Store Street in 2014 it was intended for one season only. Four years later we are calling time. There will be no return.”

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Rob McCallum is DJ Mag’s deputy digital editor. Follow him on Twitter here.