While the Bespoke House Party launching the new range of tees was kicking off down in London, over 200 miles away in Manchester Skepta was running his first curated night at The Warehouse Project.
The most anticipated for the main room were CASISDEAD, Giggs, and Frisco as well as Boy Better Know’s very own DJ Maximum and Skepta.
Room 2 and 3 at Warehouse are always a welcome break and allow you to find space to dance and also listen to some cool DJs. We got glimpses of Oldboy in Room 3 as well as Mumdance in Room 2 who is widely known for working closely with Diplo and the Major Lazer crew.
The warehouse was packed as usual but some crafty, movement and tactical trips to the bar helped us navigate through the crowds that were becoming sweatier with each set.
CAS (formerly Castro Saint) performed some of his classics as well as some of the newer tracks from his cassette tape release Commercial 2, appearing with his trademark mask and some backup from his ‘Dead Team’, shouting his adlibs and waving a giant flag on stage throughout as well as spraying the crowd with champagne. I could hear one worse for wear Northerner shouting “he’s the best lyricist in the UK bruv”.
Giggs came out to the thumping bassline of The Blow Back as the sound team really noticeably ramped up the bass. He also treated the growing crowd to Look What the Cat Dragged In andTalkin’ the Hardest, but, as expected, his new bangers from The Landlord really went off with singalongs to “Whippin’ Excursion”, “Lock Doh” and “Clipped Him”.
Frisco and DJ Maximum did a great job with keeping the energy going and tunes like “Too Many Man” got instant reloads to the point my phone flew out of my hand at one point with me saving it in mid-air while still recording.
They said grime was dead, I couldn’t stop laughing – Man, I found that sh*t so funny
For Skepta, it was one of the first performances he’d be doing live as the Mercury Award winner since bagging the prize, and, although the night had initially sold out online, people were scouring social media looking for tickets to this much-anticipated event.
Skepta had strobe lights, matrix-style visuals on the screens behind him and the crowd loved track after track with Man followed by “It Ain’t Safe” and “That’s Not Me“ sparking a few serious mosh pits. He then closed his set the only logical way with Shutdown.
A surprise appearance from Godfather of Grime, Wiley, who’d whizzed up from another gig ensured everyone knew Grime was well and truly alive and never went really away.
The night was rounded off with Rich Reason on the decks and Black Josh taking care of MC duties playing the night to a close in the Main Room with quite a load of people sticking around after Skepta had finished up.
Definitely, a night to snap up tickets for if he curates again next year, and there’s still a few nights on offer with great line-ups. Check them out here.