On Saturday 17th October, the Sankeys Warehouse launch party will lift the roof off our iconic Mancunian venue. It’s been 10 years in the making, but our collaboration with Sankeys is guaranteed to bring Manchester a series of warehouse parties like no other. The opening party will be headlined by Basement Jaxx and Armand Van Helden, with support from Clive Henry, Sam Holt, D’Julz, East End Dubs, Igluu, Max Chapman, No Artificial Colours and more.
British electronic duo Basement Jaxx is made up of Simon Ratcliffe and Felix Burton, a pair of Brixton boys who rose to prominence in the late 1990s from the underground house scene. Burton and Ratcliffe met in a Camden pub in 1993 and discovered they had a shared love of New York house music. The pair began to hold a regular club night called ‘Basement Jaxx’ that featured DJs like Daft Punk and DJ Sneak. The club night ‘Basement Jaxx’ became another popular night called ‘Rooty’, after which their second album is named.
They have released seven studio albums, the first being ‘Remedy’ in 1999 featuring the singles ‘Red Alert’, ‘Jump N Shout’, and ‘Rendez-Vu’. 2001’s ‘Rooty’ included the singles ‘Romeo’, ‘Jus 1 Kiss’, ‘Where’s Your Head At?’, and ‘Do Your Thing’. ‘Where’s Your Head At?’ became an international hit and was included on the soundtrack for Lara Croft: Tomb Raider. ‘Good Luck’ from the 2003 album ‘Kish Kash’ was made the theme to the BBC’s Euro 2004 coverage, and ‘Kish Kash’ won the Best Electronic/Dance Album award at the 47th Grammy Awards.
Basement Jaxx are also highly respected as remixers, and have remixed for Missy Elliott, Yoko Ono, and Justin Timberlake.
Amand Van Helden is a New York City-based DJ, Producer, and Remixer. He has produced many top 40 hits on the UK charts, including ‘U Don’t Know Me’, ‘My My My’, ‘Bonkers’ with Dizzee Rascal, ‘Barbra Streisand’ as part of Duck Sauce, and more.
Armand Van Helden travelled the world as a child, spending time in Latvia, Turkey, Italy, and the Netherlands due to his father’s position as a member of the US Air Force. When he was 13, Van Helden bought a drum machine. He started DJing two years later.
He quit a legal-review job in 1991 to work under the management of Neil Petricone and X-Mix as a remixer, and went on to take up a DJ residency in a top Boston nightclub, The Loft. Van Helden’s first single was a mix of Deep Creed’s ‘Stay On My Mind’ with Nervous Records, and he quickly moved on to the Strictly Rhythm label to release ‘Move It To the Left’, a track that became a moderate club hit. ‘Witch Doktor’ was Armand’s first entry on the Billboard Hot Dance Music/Club Play chart, and the single made the top 5 in 1994.
The remix of ‘Professional Widow’ made Van Helden a dance hit around the world, and provided him with a number one hit in the UK. He receive no compensation for the remix because he presented it non-comissioned, but due to its success he was able to work remixing Sneaker Pimps, Puff Daddy, and Janet Jackson. Other platinum artists Van Helden has remixed include Daft Punk, Britney Spears, Katy Perry, Snoop Dogg, Sam Smith, and The Rolling Stones.
Van Helden has firmly established himself as one of the top house music He makes up one half of the Duck Sauce duo with fellow DJ and Producer A-Trak, has been nominated for several Grammy Awards, and has released eight full-length studio albums.
Don’t miss out on seeing these two legendary artists at the Sankeys Warehouse launch party, and stay tuned for a whole season of epic warehouse parties in collaboration with Sankeys!