Chase And Status @ The Warehouse Project
Grandmaster Flash, Stanton Warriors and more
With 16 acts performing on both stages in the converted car park beneath Piccadilly Station, we see Chase and Status take over the night, bringing with them some superb artists from their
own label, More Than A lot.
On the same bill we have the legendary Grandmaster Flash ripping up the turntables along with Stanton Warriors and Scratch Perverts, not forgetting the extraordinary talents of beatboxing supremo Beardyman.
Once again it's a sell out and the venue is rammed to the cavernous arches with such a diverse crowd from the far stretches of the country and beyond, getting down with their bad selves to the multifarious sounds of breaks, hip hop, drum and bass, dubstep and electro beats.
It seems that only one half of Chase and Status has joined us on the decks but the performance is stunning as he drops ‘Pieces’, a familiar sound to this drum and bass loving crowd, along with ‘Eastern Jam’, a more dubstep flavour and into tracks from Skream and beyond.
Beardyman seduces the masses with the sounds that are coming out of his mouth into looping machines, he is making tunes up on the spot addressing his audience with “for those who don't know me I am Beardyman. I'm not a DJ, these are live sounds you are hearing now.” He goes on to ask us to make some noise if we want dubstep or drum and bass and he beatboxes into a loop machine making the most amazing tunes with the feet flying in the audience. It's hard to see how he could be possibly making such spectacular sounds with his voice and turning them into tunes for us to dance to. Entrancing stuff.
As the night flows on, there is a stirring rumour that Grandmaster Flash is about to arrive onstage and security move everyone back. He has requested no photography so the bouncers aren't letting the press through to the pit. We hear he doesn't want anyone to see him enter the stage so we are all pushed further back and there is unrest throughout that area as all the press and artists are moved out. A dark figure scuttles through surrounded by security and followed closely by a dreadlocked man with a towel round his neck. Are we about to witness a world heavyweight bout or a DJ battle? Expecting electro funk and early hip hop of the Furious Five ilk, this attentive crowd are surprised yet delighted to hear a mix of songs from Nirvana, House Of Pain, David Bowie and White Stripes as the towel draped figure MCs at the forefront of the stage. Is this really the man that delivered The Message back in the day?
The place is fully rocking now and Stanton Warriors tear this place apart with breaks and hip hop sounds that mix fluidly into the night, the atmosphere is incredible as the bass thumps through chests, jaws quiver and the place shakes with the amount of people dancing their size nines off into the early hours as Scratch Perverts end the night with another blinding set. It seems that the rave generation are back and we have the perfect arena to express it with probably the finest dance acts and DJ's to visit Manchester since Madchester and the first rave scene.