Scottish Hogmanay Clubbing Highlights

We take a look at what's happening in clubland over the festive season, with a guide to the best nights in Edinburgh, Glasgow and beyond

Preview by The Skinny | 24 Nov 2017
  • Clubbing in Scotland, February 2015

Optimo b2b Domenic Cappello @ Fireside, Edinburgh, 22 Dec
Kick off your Christmas weekend with Optimo, along with one half of Harri & Domenic at the Fireside pop-up at the New Waverley Arches. Join them for a four-hour back-to-back set from 7pm to 1am, with drinks handled by everyone’s favourite dive bar Paradise Palms, then head off for another three-hour b2b set at the afterparty (venue TBC).

Minival @ Sneaky Pete’s, Edinburgh, 22 Dec
Travelling electronic music carnival Minival returns to Edinburgh with a night curated by Worldwide FM resident Esa. He brings LuckyMe producer Eclair Fifi and Amsterdam party-starters Beesmunt Soundsystem for a sweaty night at Sneaky’s with a 5am finish.

Headset 3rd Birthday @ The Mash House, Edinburgh, 29 Dec
Kick off the New Year sesh early and help Edinburgh’s resident techno-heads Headset celebrate their third Birthday, with Mosca, Laksa and Hi & Saberhägen (yeah, try saying that three times out loud). They've even bagged themselves a 5am license so you get a whole two extra hours of partying.

The Black Madonna @ Sub Club, Glasgow, 30 Dec
Last year, The Black Madonna helped Edinburgers ring in the bell’s on NYE but this year she’s heading to the West side a day earlier to suitably warm you up for the night afore. This is the 2016 Mixmag DJ of the year’s final Scottish date of the year and judging by her previous sets, it’s going to go off.

The GO-GO @ Bongo Club, Edinburgh, 30 Dec
If you fancy something a bit retro this festive season then look no further than Edinburgh institution The GO-GO. This will be the second of two December dates at Bongo for them (also 2 Dec) where you can expect to dance the night away to the best mod, soul, garage, beat, girl groups and psychedelia from the 60s.

RIDE NYEE @ Sneaky Pete’s, Edinburgh, 30 Dec
Avoid the madness of actual NYE and celebrate the night before at Sneaky’s staple, RIDE. Expect a healthy dose of 90s hip-hop and 00s R’n’B all the way through until 5am, with your main gals Teacha El and CheckyerStrides. Live fast die young, RIDE gals do it well.

Sub Club XXX NYE: Harri & Domenic @ Sub Club, Glasgow, 31 Dec
Sub Club celebrated its 30th anniversary this year and what better way to bring 2017 to an end than with Subbie royalty Harri & Domenic. The Subculture residents have played virtually every Saturday night at the club for 23 years, a world record in DJ residencies, and they’re playing all night long for a NYE special.

Headset Hogmanay NYE @ The Bongo Club, Edinburgh, 31 Dec
Headset bring in all your Edinburgh faves for their NYE party at their original home of Bongo, marking the last of their third birthday celebrations. Telfort headlines alongside Headset regulars Ariose, Ami K, Skillis and Shapework DJs in the main room; while room two Soul Jam, Brother Most Righteous, DJ Jonny Cashback and Electrikal’s Skanky B & Drowzee hold things down.

La Cheetah Club presents NYE 2017 @ La Cheetah Club, Glasgow, 31 Dec
La Cheetah Club host an audible feast, with Detroit don Marcellus Pittman, a second appearance at La Cheetah from Call Super and Ectotherm boss Courtesy leading proceedings. Local party-starters Lezure, Partial and La Cheetah’s own Wardy & Dom D'Sylva will also be on hand to get the party started.

Massaoke Hogmanay Hootenanny @ Summerhall, Edinburgh, 31 Dec
We can practically hear the eye-rolls as you read this, but wind yer neck in! We too were pretty sceptical at first, but after having gone to their Halloween special at the end of October, we’re now fully on board with the whole thing; it’s done really well and it’s bloody good fun! If you fancy a no-pressure kind of night with a guaranteed non-stop singalong then look no further.

FLY NYE @ The Old Abandoned Leith Theatre, Edinburgh, 31 Dec
Party-starters FLY Club are back with a massive end of year blow-out to top off what has been quite an amazing year for the Edinburgh promoters. Having hosted some of the city’s biggest outdoor parties in recent months, FLY are bringing the fun to The Old Abandoned Leith Theatre this Hogmanay with a little help from HYBRID and 131 Northside. Line-up TBC.

Pretty Ugly Hogmanay @ BAaD, Glasgow, 31 Dec
Glasgow’s Pretty Ugly has been running now for 12 years but 2017 sees them host their first ever Hogmanay party. Finally!!! Pretty Ugly will be unlike most other Hogmanay parties this NYE, so if you fancy dancing the night away to nothing but guilt-free indie, pop and disco bangers, then this is quite simply the night for you!

Optimo 20 Hogmanay @ The Art School, Glasgow, 31 Dec
At the end of a spectacular year for the godfathers of Glasgow’s club scene, JD Twitch and JG Wilkes take over The Art School for a Hogmanay all-nighter. It’s an all-Glasgow line-up, with the 12th Isle hosting downstairs while Optimo are joined upstairs by electronic duo LAPS.

Nightvision Hogmanay @ The Liquid Room, Edinburgh, 31 Dec
Nightvision specialise in enormo-parties, and they don’t get much more enormo than this. Groove Armada headline the seven-hour New Year’s Eve party at The Liquid Room, with Joris Voorn, Ben Pearce, Theo Kottis and Jamie Roy also on the bill.

Wee Dub Hogmanay @ La Belle Angèle & The Mash House, Edinburgh, 31 Dec
Wee Dub take over Hastie's Close with a two-venue party. Dub Mafia's Eva Lazarus and Nice Up! Records' DJ Shepdog are just two of the acts playing at La Belle Angèle, while Bass Alliance Sound System power proceedings. Over at The Mash House, there’s a Samedia Shebeen-hosted tropical den with a guest DJ set from Ru Robinson.

Electric Frog Hogmanay @ SWG3, Glasgow, 31 Dec
They may have missed a trick not calling it Electric Frog-manay, but EF’s Hogmanay bash features an impressive line-up nonetheless. Groove Armada and Joris Voorn are joined by the Bicep-affiliated Hammer and Glasgow’s own We Should Hang Out More crew, with more to be announced ahead of the big night.

Happy Meals & Loosen Up @ The Rum Shack, Glasgow, 31 Dec
Glasgow’s favourite transcendental disco duo Happy Meals play a live set to bring in 2018 at The Rum Shack in the Southside. They’re joined by two-thirds of the Loosen Up crew, with Charlie McCann and David Barbarossa promising a set of 'huge soca screamers and afro belters.'

Book Club Hogmanay Get Down @ Reading Rooms, Dundee, 31 Dec
Dundee’s favourite club in a former library lets longtime residents Book Club take the reins for Hogmanay, with Is Kill & Marc JD going back-to-back all evening. “Expect disco, house and techno,” they say. “Expect a really fucking good NYE party.” Sounds good to us.

NYE with Dixon Avenue Basement Jams & Big Miz @ The Tunnels, Aberdeen, 31 Dec
Glasgow DJs and label owners Dixon Avenue Basement Jams recently celebrated their fifth birthday and for NYE they’re taking one of the city’s hottest selectors Big Miz up north to Aberdream. Locals Blair Mitchell and Dan Leggett will warm things up with a B2B before the bells.

Greg Wilson / Rebecca Vasmant @ Sub Club, Glasgow, 1 Jan
Start 2018 as you mean to go on, with a big fuck-off party at Glasgow’s Subbie featuring dance music giant Greg Wilson. Support comes from Glasgow-based producer Rebecca Vasmant, who will be treating your ears and feet to her jazz-infused dance music. Oh, and there’s a 4am licence as well. Yaldi!

Maximum Pressure @ SWG3, 1 Jan
If a ten-hour party is more your vibe for NYD then Maximum Pressure have you covered with their SWG3 takeover! Starting at 5pm and going on until the wee small hours of the morning, the line-up consists of Slam, Jeff Mills, Alan Fitzpatrick, Paula Temple, FJAAK (live), Radio Slave, Dr. Rubinstein, Edit Select, Darrell (Pulse) and Telford. Ooft. Last entry 10pm.