Scottish Clubbing Highlights: April 2019
This month's best parties feature a globe-spanning range of DJs in all your favourite Scottish clubs, as well as an unmissable late night Glasgow party in a secret location
Partial presents Mozhgan @ La Cheetah Club, Glasgow, 5 Apr
Iranian-born Mozhgan’s We Are Monsters nights have grown into an essential party for San Franciscoans since its formation in 2011, with recent guests including Marie Davidson, Aurora Halal and Lena Willikens. As a resident DJ there, alongside San Francisco native Solar, Mozhgan explores sounds leaning towards the cold wave and industrial side of electronic music. Partial residents Adler and Ubo will be on hand for the warm-up.
Pulse with Blawan @ The Caves, Edinburgh, 6 Apr
TERNESC label boss Blawan has performed under numerous different aliases over the years, with solo releases under the names Kilner and Bored Young Adults, as well as collaborative projects with Surgeon as Trade and Pariah as Karenn. The latter recently announced their first album in five years, Kind of Green, due out on their own label, Voam, on 13 April. But before that, catch Blawan going it alone in the historic vaults of The Caves.
Missing Persons Club: Alienata & Madalba @ Lunacy Module, Glasgow, 6 Apr
MPC bring two of the most exciting DJs going right now to a secret location in Glasgow for this late night party. Originally hailing from Spain, Alienata runs her own Discos Atónicos label out of her new home city of Berlin and specialises in dark and obscure sounds, while Madalba moved to Berlin from Italy, where she runs a queer party called Buttons and holds down a residency at clubbing institution Tresor. Proceedings don’t kick off until 2am, so prepare yourself for a long night of partying.
LT x La Cheetah w/ Elena Colombi, Ribeka & Wardy @ La Cheetah Club, Glasgow, 12 Apr
Another Italian descending upon Glasgow’s club scene this month is Elena Colombi, who’ll be joining Glasgow local Ribeka for her latest LT party. Now based in London, Colombi hosts a monthly radio show on NTS, which demonstrates her diverse range of musical influences, as also demonstrated in her DJ sets. This show is another strand of La Cheetah’s ten year celebrations, where they’ll be teaming up with regular promoters to bring in acts they both love. Ribeka and La Cheetah resident Wardy will play together for the first time ahead of Colombi’s set.
One Year of Ryot with Pleasure Pool (live) @ The Mash House, Edinburgh, 13 Apr
For Ryot’s first birthday celebrations, they’ve invited social media shy Glasgow band Pleasure Pool along to play a late night live set in room two of The Mash House. The four-piece band consists of drums, vocals and synths and create exhilarating electro-leaning post-punk, which is sure to sound great in a club setting. Also on the bill are local talent Rory Millington and a B2B from Ryot residents Scott Davidson and Ryan Wilson.
Electric Salsa 3rd Birthday: Peter Van Hoesen, Broken English Club (live) and WECHT @ Room 2, Glasgow, 20 Apr
Following its opening weekend last month, Room 2 are keeping the parties coming, this month hosting Electric Salsa’s third birthday party, among many others. Having held 30 parties in the club’s sister venue La Cheetah Club over the past three years, the Electric Salsa lot move up to the larger surrounds of Room 2 for a huge third birthday triple bill. Belgium’s Peter Van Hoesen and local duo WECHT will grace the decks, and Broken English Club, aka Oliver Ho, will perform a live set.
Phazed presents Holly Lester @ The Reading Rooms, Dundee, 26 Apr
Irish DJ Holly Lester had a massive end to 2018, having performed her debut Boiler Room set at Belfast’s AVA festival, alongside Job Jobse and Mano Le Tough, and securing a residency at Manchester’s The Warehouse Project. Lester gained support in the early days of her DJ career from fellow Irish duo Bicep, who invited her to join them on their Feel My Bicep mixtape series and party. Since then, her career has gone from strength to strength and looks to keep going on that upward trajectory.
Substance: Levon Vincent @ The Bongo Club, Edinburgh, 27 Apr
Levon Vincent is widely-regarded as an important figure in pioneering New York’s house and techno resurgence in the 00s. His own label, Novel Sound, has included releases from a range of international DJs and producers, including Ryan Elliott, Kenneth Christiansen and Dustin Zahn. Vincent makes his Bongo Club debut at Substance, with a three-hour set, returning to Scotland just a month after his set at Glasgow’s Room 2 for Feed Your Head last month.