After 13 and a half years, the original Sankeys Soap team have announced they will reunite for a special one-off rave at The Warehouse Project.

Steve Lawler and Paul Woolford will join the residents for the 11-hour show at Depot, which will see the team take over Concourse on Sunday 29th December from 5pm to 4am.

Residents confirmed so far include Greg Vickers, Krysko, Lee Spence, OD Muzique, Iain Taylor, Bucky and Miguelo Manzano.

They will be joined on the night by a special guest, due to be announced on 24th November.

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Sankeys Soap first opened its doors at Ancoats’ Beehive Mill in 1994 and quickly became a haven for house and techno hedonists.

For those who missed the acid-house boom of the 80s, the venue offered a chance to experience the euphoria of the genre in the raw, industrial settings of an old soap factory (hence the name).

Once the popularity of the acid house movement began to wane, the club went on to fly the flag for a fresh wave of house and techno hedonism in its 90s and noughties ⁠heydays.

A key piece of Manchester’s musical history, the likes of Daft Punk, Chemical Brothers and local boys New Order all performed at the venue before Sankeys said its final goodbyes in 2017 following the sale of the venue to a property developer.

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With The Warehouse Project now at the heart of the city’s club culture, the return of Sankeys Soap is sure to be a celebration of Manchester’s rich musical heritage. Tickets will be available from 10am on Thursday 21st November.

Nearly 250,000 revellers have partied with The Warehouse Project already this year, witnessing stellar performances from the likes of Aphex Twin, Four Tet, Skrillex, Peggy Gou, Nina Kraviz, Hacienda Classical, Mura Masa and dozens more.

Shows still to come include takeovers from Skepta, Slowthai, Underworld, Feel My Bicep, Jeff Mills, Fatboy Slim and elrow.

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