Scottish Clubbing Highlights: May 2018
Festival season kicks into gear this month, but there are also plenty of excellent one-off club nights around the country in May to satisfy your dancefloor cravings
Sub Club x H+P: Daphni & Andrew Thomson @ Sub Club, Glasgow, 4 May
Daphni (aka Caribou/Dan Snaith) is an incredibly accomplished musician, merging sounds from electro to house to experimental: his recent album, Joli Mai, is yet another quality example. Huntleys + Palmers have momentarily returned from retirement to curate this evening, ending their ten year wait to book Snaith, so this party is a poignant add-on to their recent 10th anniversary celebrations.
Headway 14th Birthday with Dr. Rubinstein @ The Reading Rooms, Dundee, 4 May
Marina Rubenstein is a raver's DJ. Taking inspiration from parties in Tel Aviv, her former home city, her sets feature acid, rave and techno with a feel-good factor to boot. Dr Rubinstein’s ethos is that music brings pure happiness and she aims to achieve this with her performances. Prepare for big smiles in Dundee.
Attention//Please presents: Big Miz B2B Wheelman @ The Berkeley Suite, Glasgow, 5 May
Two Glaswegians who are really making a name for themselves with their own productions are Big Miz and Wheelman. The former impressed with his LP on DABJ, while the latter has dropped EPs via Studio Barnhus and the Huntleys & Palmers sub-label Belters. Expect house and disco – and maybe some harder hitting tracks as well.
OTMR Showcase – Housego & Charlie Says @ Cabaret Voltaire, Edinburgh, 8 May
Talented DJ and producer Housego will be playing his distinct and ever groovy Chicago house sound at this Tuesday night Cab Vol shindig. The man is an Edinburgh native but has played all over the world, and his productions have graced the turntables of DJs such as Mark Farina and DJ Sneak. If you’re a true house fan this shouldn’t be missed.
We Should Hang Out More with Afriquoi @ Queen Margaret Union, Glasgow, 12 May
Fancy something a little different from your normal DJ-turntable setup? How about a six-piece band playing African dance music? Afriquoi are a band who have strong dance sensibilities, utilising African instruments and rhythms to enchant and move people, and they embody the WSHOM policy of diverse and eclectic bookings.
La Cheetah x H+P with Lena Willikens @ La Cheetah Club, Glasgow, 12 May
Cologne-based DJ and producer Lena Willikens is known for selecting the more obscure and off-kilter records, causing music fans to rethink their preconceived notions of dance music. Huntley + Palmers (retirement? what retirement?) have helped bring Lena’s talents to this intimate basement setting and a 4am license means a nap beforehand may be required.
ODYSSEY. 015 – Jackmaster, Eclair Fifi @ The Liquid Room, Edinburgh, 17 May
The newly refurbished Liquid Room Warehouse will be put to the test by globe-trotting local favourite Jackmaster and Edinburgh-based Eclair Fifi, aka Clair Stirling (having not long returned from Snowbombing Festival in the Austrian Alps, she may find Arthur’s Seat less of a challenge). Special guests still to be announced.
Bigfoot’s Tea Party – 10 Years – Jayda G & LNS @ Sub Club, Glasgow, 18 May
Bigfoot’s Tea Party are celebrating their 10th year with two of Vancouver’s finest DJs. LNS is a DJ and producer with a penchant for electro. Jayda G is a DJ with a slightly different approach to her craft, selecting tracks that may have charted 40 years ago but will certainly get a crowd moving. These two Berlin-based best buds will put on a night of great music, guaranteed.
Hidden Door presents: Daniel Avery @ Leith Theatre, Edinburgh, 26 May
Having released a masterpiece in his latest album Song For Alpha, Daniel Avery graces the capital with a special appearance at the Hidden Door Festival. An immensely talented electronic artist known for his immersive productions, his DJ sets offer an alternative take on techno. This is his only Scottish date in support of the new album – don’t sleep on this one.