Scottish Clubbing Highlights: August 2022

As the Edinburgh festivals return, we run you through some essential club nights and festivals taking place in the capital and across Scotland this month

Feature by Nadia Younes | 02 Aug 2022
  • Helena Hauff

The Edinburgh festivals are back! 5am closes are back! Turning up hungover with little to no sleep to everything for a whole month is back! And we obviously can’t wait!

Beloved Edinburgh club The Mash House has seen many guises over the years but its current iteration celebrates its 9th birthday this month, and Midnight Bass are throwing a party on 2 August to mark the occasion. Meanwhile, Glasgow record shop and all-round Scottish institution Rubadub turn 30 this year, and they’re going one step further with a day and night party on 13 August, starting in the shop and ending at Club 69 in Paisley.

On 5 August Miss World revive their annual festival party at Sneaky Pete’s with sets from Lizzzur, Annafleur and residents. Then, a few days later, Heaters and The Mirror Dance team up to bring NTS and Balamii resident Shy One to Sneaky’s on 10 August, with support from local rising talent Alliyah Enyo.

First on August’s ‘festivals that aren’t the Edinburgh festivals’ calendar is Out East Festival, taking place at Dalkeith Country Park on 6 August. Later in the month, there’s also the debut of Otherlands at Scone Palace in Perth from 19-21 August, with live sets from the likes of Bicep and Elkka and DJ sets from Honey Dijon, Ricardo Villalobos and many more.

Edinburgh International Festival’s contemporary music programme brings two legends of the electronic music scene to Leith Theatre this month, and they’re definitely shows to get excited about. Bonafide legend Jeff Mills brings his Tomorrow Comes The Harvest show to the capital on 11 August then, just two nights later, Squarepusher follows.

First Edition put on two big parties this month. The first is with Edinburgh festivals regular Helena Hauff at The Liquid Room on 12 August and the second is at The Mash House on 20 August with one third of Hessle Audio, Pearson Sound. Wedged in between, Edinburgh record label Hobbes Music showcase some of their artists at a summer party, featuring live AV sets from Exterior and Gaming, at Summerhall on 19 August.

Outside of Edinburgh this month, new queer club night Gloss launches at King’s Dundee on 13 August, promising performances from Anne Spank, Stefani Banks and Angel Beads, as well as DJ sets from L.X.N.X and MELTEO. On the same night in Glasgow, Loose Joints celebrate local talent with DJ sets from H3L3NA, Lewis Lowe and Dilly Joints, alongside a live set from WomanSaid