The Warehouse Project to take one-year break in 2014

By Jimmy Blake
Newsbeat reporter

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BBC Radio 1's Annie Mac is playing at Warehouse Project on New Year's Eve

Manchester's Warehouse Project will not take place as normal in 2014, say organisers.

A statement on its Facebook page says next year will see just "a handful of special events".

Thirty-year-old Nick Bonnie from Gloucestershire was taken ill at the dance music event in Trafford, Greater Manchester, in September and later died.

Greater Manchester Police say he may have taken what he thought was ecstasy.

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Nick Bonnie (right), who died, is pictured with his partner Leah Wilkins

Following Nick Bonnie's death, organisers insisted they had enough measures in place to protect clubbers.

Co-founder Sam Kandel said: "There's a responsibility on everyone, including people coming to the venue, to look after themselves and, on our side, to make sure the environment is safe.

"We do have exciting plans for 2014... It feels like the right moment to perhaps do fewer Warehouse Project events and take a break from the current format."

Next year will be the first time in the event's eight-year history that there will not be a full series of events.

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The Warehouse Project in Manchester has a capacity of 5,000

However, 2015 marks the 10th anniversary of the Warehouse Project and its Facebook statement outlined plans to mark the occasion.

"We will be ready to do that justice. Please stay tuned for all updates," it said.

Disclosure, Rudimental, The Knife and Chic featuring Nile Rodgers are all booked to perform at the Warehouse Project during October and November.

Radio 1's Annie Mac is headlining Warehouse Project's New Year's Eve event, while Skream is set to play on New Year's Day at an event called The Closing Party.

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