Scottish Clubbing Highlights: February 2018
It's a short month, but there's still loads going on in club land – our Clubs editor selects her top picks below including appearances from Avalon Emerson, Skream and Setaoc Mass
Skream – Loop #2 @ Fubar, Stirling, 2 Feb
Two icons of UK club culture – London's Fabric venue and Skream, aka Oliver Jones – joined forces last month, when Skream was announced as the curator of the most recent Fabriclive mix (Fabriclive 96). Jones will be in Glasgow in May for this year's Electric Frog & Pressure Riverside Festival, but if you just can't wait until then to see him in action, this mega-party down the road in Stirling should do the trick.
Animal Farm Records presents Setaoc Mass @ Sub Club, Glasgow, 2 Feb
Manchester-born and now Berlin-based Sam Coates (whose artist name Setaoc Mass happens to be his real name in reverse – get it?) heads up this techno fest at Subbie, which will also feature Animal Farm's own Quail and Ancestor.
Lezure 3rd Birthday pt. 2: Pariah @ La Cheetah Club, Glasgow, 3 Feb
Celebrating three years of parties across Glasgow and Edinburgh, Lezure are bringing in modern techno whizz Pariah to mark the occasion. Alongside his solo productions, Pariah is widely known as one half of the infamous Karenn project, an all analogue, improvised techno duo alongside Jamie Roberts aka Blawan. This performance will be Pariah's La Cheetah Club debut – and first Scottish solo appearance for five years – with an extended three hour set making it a don't miss event.
So Low / So Healthy with Total Leatherette @ The Berkeley Suite, Glasgow, 9 Feb
The first Healthy event of 2018 is set to be a gothic stomper, with the combination of the So Low ladies' cold wave and minimal beats paired with a barrage of 'queer industrial music' from Glaswegian duo Total Leatherette. Plus it's free entry before midnight, and only a fiver after.
Disco Pants @ The Mash House, Edinburgh, 13 Feb
This Tuesday night party offers the chance of a pre-Valentine's Day boogie to some 80s classics – think Madonna, Queen, Fleetwood Mac, Michael Jackson, Whitney Houston, Prince, David Bowie, Hall & Oates and many more of your favourite old school hits. All proceeds from the night will be donated to Smalls For All, a Scottish charity that collects and distributes underwear to help women and children in Africa. As the Disco Pants crew put it, 'giving pants and bras may seem like a small thing, but it can make a life-changing difference – having pants can help teenage girls complete their education without having to miss school each month during their period.' Do your bit, dance and dig deep.
Kornél Kovács at Juice @ Sneaky Pete's, Edinburgh, 15 Feb
Stockholm-based producer Kornél Kovács – who is one third of the excellent Stockholm-based Studio Barnhus label, alongside Petter Nordkvist and Axel Boman – makes a stop in the capital for a late night license party. Expect hours of dancefloor-focused, playful house tunes from this talented DJ and producer.
Substance – Avalon Emerson @ The Bongo Club, Edinburgh, 16 Feb
Rising American techno star Avalon Emerson continues to turn heads with both her powerful, assured DJ sets, and her layered productions that evoke the 'new school' techno sounds of Emerson's current place of residence, Berlin. She plays Edinburgh this month with support from the Substance DJs.
Hawkchild DIY presents Clouds & Nassim Nicholas Taleb @ The Art School, Glasgow, 23 Feb
This interesting night at The Art School pairs Perth sludge-techno proponents Clouds with a suprise appearance from Nassim Nicholas Taleb, who 'spent 21 years as a risk taker (quantitative trader) before becoming a researcher in philosophical, mathematical and (mostly) practical problems with probability'. Hawkchild DIY is the brainchild of Glasgow's Hashim Ali and is 'driven by a passion for unorthodox, innovative and interesting music and art forms' – and this event ticks all those boxes.