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It's been ten years since The Warehouse Project started turning abandoned buildings into creative spaces, as well as the 10th Manchester International Festival, and both parties are celebrating the anniversary in style with a weekend-long party. Some of the world's biggest DJ talents will be supplying the beats at this rave to end all raves.
This one-off spectacular is due to take place as part of the prestigious Manchester International Festival. The MIF celebrates theatre, music, comedy and art from all over the world, creating a huge party buzz all across the city, so 10X10 is bound to be filled with all of the talented and beautiful people of Manchester. Will you be there? Grab your 10X10 tickets now to be sure of getting in.
The home for this event is the Mayfield Depot in Manchester, close to Piccadilly Station. It was constructed in the 1910s as a train station in its own right, but was abandoned in 1986 and lay derelict for many years. In some ways it is a symbol of the city itself: having been forgotten and allowed to fall into disrepair at the end of the last century, it has now been rediscovered by creative young people with energy and optimism. Over the past few years it has hosted both music events and contemporary art installations. After 10X10, it will be demolished and reborn as a purpose-built exhibition space.
Headlining the event will be electro pioneers Four Tet. They'll be kicking the party off on Friday night with a little help from Koreless and Tyondai Braxton. On Saturday, the tunes are going to be dropped all day and all night by people like Maurice Faulton, DJ Kose, Octave One, Joy Orbison, Kyle Hall, Midland, Paranoid London, Jacques Green and Dark Sky. At the top of the bill that evening are two of Detroit's most respected techno geniuses: Carl Craig and Mike Banks.
The Manchester International Festival has established itself as a major landmark in the British cultural landscape. The initial festival in 2005 attracted some serious heavyweights: Damon Albarn and Gorillaz produced a unique live event, Ennio Morricone debuted a new composition and Steve McQueen unveiled his latest art installation (McQueen would later go on to make movies and win an Oscar for 12 Years A Slave). Damon Albarn continues to be heavily involved, and will be unveiling a new opera based on Alice In Wonderland at the next festival.
Headliner Four Tet, also known as Keiran Hebden, has established himself as one of the most popular remixers in recent years, working with acts such as Aphex Twin, Manic Street Preachers, Foals and The xx. His solo work is beloved by critics, with 2005 album Everything Ecstatic and lead singer "Smile Around The Face" featured in many end-of-year polls. Carl Craig has been a huge figure in Detroit techno since the late 80s, and created the track "Bug In The Bassbin," which is regarded as the first drum'n'bass song.
Not since the golden days of The Hacienda will Manchester have seen such a decadent dance party. Whether you're looking for sophisticated beats or old school, feel-good house, the superstar Djs at 10X10 will have you shaking and moving like it's the Summer of Love all over again. Grab your glowsticks and get ready to bounce.
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