Legendary Manchester club Sankeys has announced a five-year partnership with the city’s Victoria Warehouse starting in October 2015. The Sankeys Warehouse events will take place at the venue that has previously played host to Manchester’s Warehouse Project, as well as gigs from the likes of Hardwell, Nicky Romero, and Laidback Luke.
The deal represents something of a return to his roots for Sankey’s owner Dave Vincent, who started out promoting warehouse parties in the ’90s. “Creating events in these iconic locations has always been a true passion of mine,” Vincent said, “however, blockages and lost battles to obtain a licence over the last decade have prevented me from producing warehouse events, one-off productions, and doing the things I love for the last 10 years, which I have missed. I never thought there would be a time where I would return to promoting warehouse parties in Manchester and I can assure you there will be a huge celebration.” Lineups are yet to be announced, but Vincent has promised “world class” names and tickets are already on sale.
Meanwhile, the Warehouse Project–which took place in the Victoria Warehouse in 2012 and 2013–returns with another winter of dates in an abandoned bomb shelter on Store Street, underneath the city’s Piccadilly Station. Names already announced include MK, Seth Troxler, and Duke Dumont, though most events are already sold out.
The announcements come as a pleasant bit of news following a recent report revealed that half of UK clubs have closed down in the past 10 years, with licensing issues partly to blame. One thing is for sure, despite the gloomy reports, clubbing is far from dead in the UK–at least if promoters in Manchester have anything to do with it.