Warp Films turned 10 in 2012, and on Saturday 17th November, celebrations took place at The Magna Centre, just outside the home of Warp Films – Sheffield.
The main events were held in the large hall where hundreds of fans keen to celebrate the Warp birthday sat down on the carpeted floor to ensure all could see the giant screen at the front.After the screening of the 2009 feature film documenting the history of the long running music festival; All Tomorrows Parties, the head of Warp- Mark Herbert, took to the stage to welcome the audience and thank all those involved with Warp. Herbert was particularly proud to introduce Shane Meadows, who in turn thanked those involved in the making of Dead Man’s Shoes, giving a bit of background context. Based on true events and their experiences growing up together, Dead Man's Shoes is long-time friends Shane Meadows and lead actor / screenwriter Paddy Considine’s first feature film.
Meadows then introduced ‘the big arty band’ who would be performing a live score of Dead Man’s Shoes, consisting of Gavin Clark (Clayhill, UNKLE), Joel Cadbury (UNKLE, South), Ali Friend (Clayhill), Ted Barnes (Clayhill), Jah Wobble, Marc Layton-Bennett, James Griffith (UNKLE) & Helen Boulding. The performance was incredibly effective and well-received, with the musicians on stage under the screen.
After the film screening, most people stayed in the main hall to listen to DJs, browse the stalls, and drink the specially produced ale ‘Warp Beer,’ made by Sheffield-based Thornbridge Brewery.Pete McKee’s re-worked posters, commissioned by Warp Films, were on sale
Shane Meadows and Mark Herbert were behind the decks first-off, spinning the likes of The Specials and The Jam with the crowd singing enthusiastically along.
Vicky MClure and Richard Hawley played a thumping set, mixing reggae, soul, motown and northern.
Kayvan Novak (AKA Facejacker) got involved with the DJing and wooed the crowd by throwing Facejacker clothing out to the dance floor. Pablo Clements delivered perhaps the most vibrant set, with the crowd jumping along to his electo anthems.
Tom Ravenscroft from 6Music also DJed and kept the crowds going.
Shane Meadows spent time happily greeting and chatting to fans at the event.
The Smelting Works show at the Magna centre was quite impressive, and celebreated the steel works and the history of this with a giant show, and even a full sized Zeppelin inside the building, giving you a grasp of just how big the centre is.
There was an ‘All-night Cinema’ with seating for people to come and go, drink beer, and watch films including Submarine, Baberian Sound Studio, Four Lions and Kill List.
Andrew Weatherall ended the event by DJing well into the small hours with a varied set predominantly of deep house.