The Warehouse Project have announced their series of live events in Manchester will be trimmed down in 2014.
The 2013 series of Warehouse Project shows, still ongoing, have already featured the likes of Rudimental, Seth Troxler, Steve Angello, Axwell, Armin Van Buuren and Maya Jane Coles. There’s still dozens of event scheduled, many sold out, including headline performances from the likes of Hot Chip, Disclosure and The Prodigy.
The Warehouse Project series of shows at the Victoria Warehouse in Trafford, Greater Manchester has been in the headlines this year after one reveller died and many more were hospitalised through drug misuse.
Nick Bonnie, 30 from Gloucestershire, died at The Warehouse Project last month after taking a substance he believed was ecstasy.
In response to the incident organisers have increased security at the events and have also introduced new air conditioning throughout the venue, in response to requests from customers. The Warehouse Project organiser Sacha Lord said after the death: “What happened last weekend has really affected everybody connected with the Warehouse Project. It’s just been horrific. Devastation is an understatement. There isn’t an adjective to describe it. Whatever we’re going through it’s nothing compared to what the Bonnie family must be feeling and our thoughts are with them.
“It’s been suggested we hold a night in memory of Nick. I think this tragedy is much bigger than that. We want to do something that’s going to last a long time and make an impact not just for this generation of clubbers but for the generations coming through as well.”
Organisers of the event haven’t blamed the recent events on the change of plans for 2014. They released the following statement through their Facebook Page: “Whilst we look forward to the start of the new year, we would like to announce that the WHP season will not take place as normal in 2014. There will be a handful of special events but no full series as there has been for the last 8 years.”
2015 will mark the 10th anniversary of The Warehouse Project and the organisers have stated their interest in extending the programme from 2014 to account for the occasion.
New Years Eve & New Years Day line-ups for The Warehouse Project will be released tomorrow (Oct 24), and go on sale this Friday (25).
Local Chief Superintendent Mark Roberts said: “Following the tragic events of last weekend, officers from GMP have been working closely with the organisers at the Warehouse Project and partner agencies to look at the plans in place.
“It was due to swift intervention from medical staff at the venue that last night, a woman who was feeling unwell after taking only a small amount of drugs, was able to quickly receive urgent medical treatment at hospital.
“This once again highlights just what a lottery it is for your health if you choose to do drugs – you cannot know how your body will react to the chemicals you are ingesting, and more importantly, you simply do not know what chemicals are actually in the drugs you are taking.
“These unscrupulous dealers that sell drugs have no regard for people’s health and we need to work together to tackle this issue.
“Anyone found to be dealing drugs at The Warehouse Project, or any other venues across Manchester, can expect to be arrested and will feel the full weight of the law upon them – we simply will not tolerate it.”