Scottish Clubbing Highlights: August 2018
Glorious sunshine and record-breaking temperatures don’t exactly go hand-in-hand with sweaty, low-ceilinged basements, so it’s just as well that August’s club highlights are peppered with a flurry of big room and open-air parties to mark the occasion
Hotline w/ DJ Femme Fresh, Proc Fiskal, VAJ.Power + More @ The Mash House, Edinburgh, 9 Aug
Hotline is the capital’s first club night hosted exclusively by female and non-binary DJs. Edinburgh festival commitments mean shifting from their usual spot at the Bongo Club to The Mash House for this month’s party, with local grime protégé Proc Fiskal and Glasgow duo VAJ.Power pencilled in to headline the 5am-licensed affair.
La Cheetah presents Avalon Emerson (3 Hour Set) @ La Cheetah Club, Glasgow, 10 Aug
Over the space of a few short years, Arizona-born Avalon Emerson has skyrocketed to become one of the world’s most in-demand electronic artists. 2016’s The Frontier conveyed her raw talent for creating rich soundscapes, and since then she’s proven to be equally talented behind the decks with a catalogue of on-point sets.
SOPHIE, Lanark Artefax, Sofay and Spencer @ Leith Theatre, Edinburgh, 11 Aug
Two of contemporary music’s foremost visionaries join two killer DJs for what promises to be one of the parties of the year. Numbers and the Edinburgh International Festival combine to bring the immersive live shows of SOPHIE and Björk fave Lanark Artefax to Leith Theatre, with Sofay and resident Spencer on warm-up duties.
Slam 88 with Slam and DJ Pierre @ The Old Fruitmarket, Glasgow, 11 Aug
One of house music’s founding fathers, DJ Pierre makes a rare trip across the Atlantic for a party in Glasgow's cavernous Old Fruitmarket. With local favourites Slam and Bosco & Rob Mason also on the billing, the promise of an ‘Authentic Acid House Party’ seems well within reach.
Scottish Label Showcase w/ Craigie Knowes, WEC & Hilltown Disco @ The Reading Rooms, Dundee, 12 Aug
Three Scottish DIY labels unite for ten-and-a-half-hours of debauchery at Dundee's Reading Rooms. Kicking things off in the garden, Glasgow-via-Perth’s Craigie Knowes and West End Communications join local outfit Hilltown Disco, with street food heavyweight Tasteside supplying the Mexican cantina refreshments throughout the day.
Texture x Ectotherm w/ Courtesy, Rune Bagge and Hilltown Disco @ The Mash House, Edinburgh, 16 Aug
Copenhagen’s techno scene has been enjoying international recognition for some time now and two of its key players will grace The Mash House DJ booth tonight thanks to Texture. Courtesy and Rune Bagge, who run the city’s Ectotherm imprint, favour the kind of high-BPM, rave era-inspired techno that turns dancefloors upside down.
Jamaica Special w/ Robert Bergman and Fergus Clark @ The Rum Shack, Glasgow, 17 Aug
Jamaica Special invites Rush Hour alumnus Robert Bergman and local boy wonder Fergus Clark to delve into the reggae, dub and dancehall section of their vast record collections.
Subculture w/ Solar and Harri & Domenic @ Sub Club, Glasgow, 18 Aug
San Francisco’s Solar Langevin is one of the most criminally underrated DJs on the scene, effortlessly joining the dots between post-punk, cold wave, EBM and uncategorisable weirdo-synth freakouts. Perhaps his most impressive trait of all is making these styles sound perfectly at home in a club environment. Catch him tonight with Harri & Domenic.
Sub Club Soundsystem 2018 @ Barras Art & Design Centre, Glasgow, 25-26 Aug
Subby Soundsystem returns for its annual two-dayer down BAaD, bringing an assortment of predictably high-profile names that include Motor City Drum Ensemble, The Black Madonna and KiNK. Ooft.
Missing Persons Club w/ SHYBOI and Discwoman @ La Cheetah Club, Glasgow, 31 Aug
Formed back in 2015, the Discwoman collective have been successful in disrupting dance music’s hegemonic masculinity, helping change the face of the global scene as a result. Yulan Grant, aka SHYBOI, is the latest addition to the NYC crew, with the Jamaica-born DJ’s track selection sitting somewhere between the dancehall and soca styles of the Caribbean and a tougher, colder techno sound.