Until now, urban music festivals have largely stuck to the template laid down by their rural equivalents, with bands and DJs playing in big marquees in an open space like Hyde Park instead of one in Somerset. The Warehouse Project looks like it's set to turn the whole thing on its head, and not just because it's happening outside of summer.
It comes to Manchester's iconic old Boddingtons brewery in October and doesn't just last for one long weekend, but runs for twelve of them until the early hours of next year. Some of the line-up has just been announced and it looks very promising. Hip-hop pioneers Public Enemy kick things off with a full live show; there'll be a Radio Soulwax Warehouse Party hosted by bootleg maniacs 2ManyDJs; and on XFM's night, Kasabian, Doves and The Avalanches will take to the decks. Other credible names like Gilles Peterson, Rahzel, De La Soul, Fingathing and Mr Scruff will also make appearances through the autumn. As Lee from local club night Ape says, "Manchester has been crying out for this for so long. I can’t wait." The Warehouse Project runs from 6 October 2006 until 31 December 200