Visionquest 13 At The Warehouse Project, Manchester
The 27th of April 2013 marked the last reduced capacity night to be held at Manchester’s Warehouse Project until next autumn. Who better to send it out with a bang than Visionquest Thirteen, inspired by the Mayan obsession with the number, which spawned the idea for thirteen tour locations across the globe. The night began at 21:30 with Dinky, Laura Jones, and Tale of Us taking over Room 3, a three-sided room with plastic strip curtains lining the entry whilst playing as Visionquest, Lee Curtiss, Ryan Crosson, Seth Troxler, and Shaun Reeves took on the elongated Room 2. Both rooms were seemed to be fitted with better lighting set ups than I previously remembered and throughout the night strange, stone-faced women slowly roamed the rooms, garbed in long, black cloak who would often apparate behind the artists at some point in their sets.
One of the stars of 2012, Laura Jones brought something much appreciated to Room 3 and it was refreshing to see a DJ having just as a good of a time as the crowd. Nope, no stoicism from this woman, just smiles, claps, and melodious, deep, dark house and the people absolutely loved her for it. Perhaps it looked like there were more of us in that room than possible, but that was due to the large mirrors, rising up behind her with the energy from seeing everyone in the adoring crowd behind her proving just too damn tasty. Towards the end of her set, those hooded figures appeared behind Jones and performed some strangely choreographed movements, which thankfully failed to detract from her powerful set. Tale of Us followed up, playing a much heavier set with as the fog thickened, the duo disappearing from sight with their bassline rising to a new height, shocking right through the diaphragm as the overtones blared like dinosaurs, punctuated by piercing beats.
Visionquest left no room for disappointment. The Detroit quartet rocked Room 2 from dusk till dawn. The show wasn’t sold-out, likely due to Manchester’s large student population likely revising, but at least it left plenty of room for the crowd to move about. Some just preferred to spin round at the back, where additional lighting fixtures had been provided, having far too good of a time to squash themselves in at the front. At times it was difficult to discern which of the four was manning the decks apart from Troxler with that signature hair. But, with the theme of their tour, that didn’t seem to be the point. They played as a group; while one took to the decks, the others tweaked around sound effects, adding unexpected twists and turns. Curtiss said himself, “Visionquest Thirteen is a chance for the boys and I to go back to what we do best: playing and hanging out together the way we used to and coming up with new ideas. The twist on doing these thirteen special events is that we will be pushing the level of production and music up further than we had originally imagined.” They certainly managed that. I’ve never had such an intimate and ‘off the chart’ night in Warehouse Project as far as I can remember. Towards the end, the majority crammed into Room 2, begging for one last climax. It was incredible, watching the four of them, having the time of their lives. Spinning round and hugging with pride. Just when we thought it was over as well and the lights had come on, they threw on the sexiest of saxophone tracks which provided an excellent opportunity to dance out in style. An overall top night, we’re grateful that Visionquest Thirteen decided to stop off in Manchester and I suppose for the Mayan calendar too!