Scottish Clubbing Highlights: April 2018

Clubs across Scotland this April are bursting at the seams with nights promising good times and great tunes – here are the highlights that you really shouldn't miss

Feature by Claire Francis | 30 Mar 2018
  • Clubbing Highlights, Sep 2015

Rinse FM: Willow @ Sneaky Pete’s, Edinburgh, 4 April
Breakthrough house producer Sophie Wilson, better known as Willow, headlines this mid-week show in the capital. The Manchester-born, London-based DJ/producer blew up with the release of 2015’s Feel Me, and has since released a number of deep house gems via the German minimal house and techno label Workshop. A night guaranteed to shake you out of the hump-day slump.

Filth // Fine Art Fundraiser & Drag Party @ The Reading Rooms, Dundee, 4 April
Help young artists to keep making art with this degree show fundraiser for the Fine Art department of DJCAD. This night of musical debauchery features DJs Nina Stanger,  Catriona Beckett and Giles Walker playing all night long. The Reading Rooms will be decked out with visuals and art installations, and your dress code for the night is: FILTH.

Palidrone 002: SPFDJ @ The Mash House, Edinburgh, 5 April
This second Palidrone party marks the Scottish debut for Swedish-born, Berlin-based artist and radio-show extraordinaire SPFDJ. She's been championed by Ben UFO, and as a DJ you frankly can't get much better endorsement than that. Expect hard-hitting techno, kooky acid, and a blend of electro, hardcore and trance.

Objekt & Sofay @ La Cheetah Club, Glasgow, 6 April
Berlin-based DJ and producer Objekt and Subcity radio host Sofay team up for this late-licence affair at La Cheetah. It will be Objekt's third time to grace the La Cheetah basement with his carefully executed mixing, while Sofay has become a recent semi-regular feature at the club with her bi-monthly Sunday session featuring good pal Ribeka. 

10 Years of Sleaze Records @ SWG3, Glasgow, 14 April
Celebrate a decade of Glasgow's techno label Sleaze Records with this special showcase event featuring headliner Dustin Zahn. Bristol-based DJ and producer Progression will make his Glasgow debut on the night, with the warm-up provided by Sleaze label boss Hans Bouffmyhre and Lex Gorrie.

Reckless Kettle with Boots For Dancing & Objectified @ The Reading Rooms, Dundee, 20 April
Live bands in a club environment? You'd better believe it. The usual quality dancefloor soundtrack from Reckless Kettle will be preceded by performances from two live acts: re-formed Scottish post-punk group Boots for Dancing, and multi-headed, Glasgow-based behemoth Objectified, who hold the honour of supporting The Fall’s last ever gig back in November last year.

WSHOM with Honey Dijon @ Sub Club, Glasgow, 20 April
There aren't many DJs around with the kind of old-school Chicago house credentials that Honey Dijon boasts. Hailing from the Windy City, she counts Derrick Carter as an early influence (and a close friend). She was barely in her teens when she started going to Chicago's house clubs and loft parties; fast-forward a few decades and she's conquered both the club and fashion circuits of London, Paris, Berlin and New York. A vocal advocate for LGBT+ rights, her sets blend a hugely dynamic personality across multiple music genres – her Boiler Room set from Melbourne's Sugar Mountain festival back in January is a must-see.

Chaos In The CBD @ Sub Club, Glasgow, 21 April
Loungey-house producers Ben and Louis Helliker-Hales drop by Sub Club this month for a Subculture debut. The New Zealand brothers and In Dust We Trust co-label owners make jazz-inflected, sample-heavy deep house – if you need a pre-party soundtrack, check out two of their excellent EPs from last year, Zona Del Silencio and Accidental Meetings.

Pulse with: I Hate Models @ The Mash House, Edinburgh, 28 April
Enigmatic Frenchman I Hate Models has gained a cult following thanks to his blend of techno, EBM and rave. His DJ sets are as varied as his productions, but you can put money on there being some serious synth wave, cold wave and industrial grooves at this Mash House party that also features residents Darrell Harding and Sean Laird.