September 28, 2013


One Man Dead, Others Hospitalized at Manchester's The Warehouse Project

Pippa Rankin/The Warehouse Project
Pippa Rankin/The Warehouse Project

Just weeks after the Electric Zoo festival in NYC was shut down after two deaths from ecstasy, the BBC is reporting that a 30-year-old man died last night at Manchester, England's The Warehouse Project.

The Warehouse Project is a series of club nights that run from September through New Years Day. The series began in 2006.

A press release from the Greater Manchester Police said that police were called to the Manchester Royal Infirmary around 4:30 a.m. following the death of a man attending the club night. The release read:

"Police were also made aware that five people have been admitted to hospital feeling unwell after taking a controlled drug. They are currently being assessed and treated by medical staff."

It also stated that an investigation into the circumstances surrounding the death and illnesses had been launched.

"It is possible that there may be a particularly bad batch of drugs out there in the community and that is a concern to us," Detective Inspector Aaron Duggan told the BBC.

"If you attended The Warehouse Project last night and are feeling unwell, I would ask you to go to a hospital for a check up as soon as possible."

A spokesperson for the venue issued this response:

"Everyone at The Warehouse Project are devastated about the news and our condolences are with his family.

"We are assisting the police with their ongoing inquiries surrounding the circumstances of the man's death.

"The Warehouse Project operates a zero tolerance policy with regards to drugs, however if you have taken something and start to feel unwell please tell a member of staff."

According to the Manchester Police, four of the hospitalized attendees are believed to be friends of the deceased—one is unconnected—and are now recovering.

This year's calendar for The Warehouse Project included Chic & Nile Rodgers, Thom Yorke, The Knife, Hot Chip, Disclosure, Fourtet, Major Lazer and Chromeo among many others.

The next night of the series, tonight, is set to go on without any announced changes.