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ABODE slams opening at Sankeys

Sundays at Sankeys just got even hotter.

The fiestas that flowed from the opening party tap have started to trickle down to drips and drabs. Some say this is a blessing, some a say a curse. Fear not, Sankeys provided our Sunday with yet another hugely popular opening: ABODE.

The London-based rave found its roots at Studio 338. Rightly so it hopped on the plane to Ibiza and since then has torn the roof of the Playa D'en Bossa venue. The roster for the opening saw the likes of wAFF, Solardo, Miguel Campbell, Secondcity and more take to the decks. It goes without saying that it was a sweaty one.

At my entrance I was greeted by Secondcity, who blasted Daft Punk's Around The World as his sign off track, before Miguel Campbell took off with the epitome of house, Menos Noise by Jean Bacarreza. By this point Sankeys was full to the brim with both workers and tourists. Not a single hand was by anyone's side. You could almost touch the energy that vibrated the graffiti covered walls.

No Sankeys experience is complete without the cinema. Spilt popcorn lay at the feet of worn-out ravers as vintage films projected onto the wall, supplying us with much-needed break our bones begged for. Back in the basement wAFF had taken no time in meeting the tech house criteria. Rainbow confetti matched the upbeat atmosphere, almost as if smiling were an infectious disease.

The positive vibe flowed through to the Lab. Crosstown Rebels' Russ Yallop flaunted his mixing skills, adapting to the crowd with Mike Dehnert's Md 100 as wAFF carried on in the Basement with a dark yet groovy number Gimme Some (Oscar L Tbl Remix) by Alvaro Smart, Luca M and JUST2.

ABODE remains much beloved and has continued to be a workers-favourite for a number of seasons now. The opening had the venue the busiest I had seen it so far, leaving its mark on the floor of Sankeys.

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