Scottish Clubbing Highlights: December 2018
All our Christmases have come at once with this superb offering of festive season parties
Umfang, aka Emma Olson – one of three co-founders of New York-based Discwoman, a platform to promote female-identifying artists along with DJs from the LGBTQ+ community – is back for another Missing Persons Club shindig, after playing a slamming techno set for their fifth birthday celebrations last year. She's joined by another previous MPC guest and fast-rising techno talent, Denmark's Anastasia Kristensen.
G.Y.A: One Whole Year Of Queer Parties @ Stereo, Glasgow, 7 Dec
Queer-based, femme-friendly club night Grind Yer Axe celebrate their first birthday with live music from Sue Zuki and Cucina Povera, performances from CC Time, Nima Sene, and DJ sets from MRS BAXTER2U and LISALööF. This is a safe space environment with gender neutral toilets and a trans taxi fund is also available.
SO LOW: Security @ The Poetry Club, Glasgow, 7 Dec
SO LOW returns for a mega dark days of December instalment with Ribeka, Katie, Optimo's JD Twitch and Iona Fortune. This edition of SO LOW also welcomes Glasgow/Harlow shock troops Security, a techno-pop/industrial duo formed of Joe Ahmed of Chekists and p6 of Stretchheads/Desalvo. The event will have gender-neutral toilets, and The Poetry Club is a wheelchair accessible venue.
La Cheetah x Acid Flash: Solid Blake & Mama Snake @ La Cheetah Club, Glasgow, 14 Dec
Solid Blake, the DJ and producer from Glasgow operating via Copenhagen, and Copenhagen native Mama Snake champion the Danish capital's 'fast techno' on a Friday night in the Queen Street rave cave. Support from the always-excellent Acid Flash founder IDA, and La Cheetah resident Wardy.
Thunder Disco: Xxxmas with Hammer, Cromby, Sally C and Jubé @ Sub Club, Glasgow, 21 Dec
Northern Ireland descends on Subbie for this special Thunder Disco Christmas edition featuring the Irish trifecta Hammer, Cromby and Sally C, plus spacey techno courtesy of Jubé.
Sulta Selects The Usher Hall @ Usher Hall, Edinburgh, 22 Dec
The historic, 104-year-old Usher Hall hosts a rave for the very first time, with three dance powerhouses at the helm. Denis Sulta, Honey Dijon and Horse Meat Disco will be steering us through from 5pm until 11pm, followed by an after party at Cabaret Voltaire right through until 5am.
Headway and RRP presents Gary Beck @ The Reading Rooms, Dundee, 26 Dec
Headway and Reading Rooms Productions welcome Gary Beck back to Dundee for what has become an annual Boxing Day techno sesh. Beck is on fine form following the release of his Dál Riata LP on his own BEK Audio imprint last month, and he'll be ably supported by Andy Barton, Neil Clark and Graeme Binnie.
Animal Farm 14th Birthday with Shlømo and Stephanie Sykes @ Sub Club, Glasgow, 27 Dec
Animal Farm celebrate 14 years of rip-roaring techno events with Sub Club debuts from two of the most exciting names in the scene: Shlømo aka Shaun Baron-Carvais, the fastest-rising producer on Taapion Records, and German-born, UK-based techno master Stephanie Sykes.
La Cheetah X Cooking with Palms Trax NYE 2018 @ La Cheetah Club, Glasgow, 31 Dec
So many great NYE parties to choose from... but if we have to pick, we'll go with this six-hour La Cheetah extravaganza. With Shanti Celeste, Palms Trax and Dom D'Sylva upstairs and Avalon Emerson, Or:la and Wardy downstairs, we can't think of a better crew to soundtrack us into 2019.