Scottish Clubbing Highlights: December 2019
To help you fill up your festive calendar with as many fun parties as possible, here's an extended edition of December's clubbing highlights
Daniel Avery makes his tenth visit to both Sneaky Pete’s and Sub Club this month. In Edinburgh, he’ll play at Sneakys’ weekly Wednesday party Heaters, while in Glasgow he’ll play alongside Finnish-born, Glasgow-based DJ IDA. Avery recently hinted at the possibility of some new music coming soon, so keep your eyes peeled for further updates.
Heal Yourself and Move: Free Love (live) and House of Traps @ Sneaky Pete’s, Edinburgh, 7 Dec
Free Love conclude a string of tour dates around the UK and Europe with this late night club show at Sneaky Pete’s. The Glasgow duo, made up of Suzi and Lewis Cook, last played in the club under their Happy Meals guise and it was an absolute spectacle, so their return to the club is sure to be a glorious affair.
Boiler Room: Glasgow @ SWG3, Glasgow, 14 Dec
Boiler Room make a stop in Glasgow as part of a UK-wide tour, with SHERELLE, Rapture 4D, DJ Stingray and Afrodeutsche all on the bill. But, in a shocking turn of events, it won’t be live-streamed, so instead of sitting at home muttering about how ‘Boiler Room crowds are just SO annoying’, you’ll actually have to go and experience the party for yourself!
Erol Alkan @ Sub Club, Glasgow, 15 Dec
Phantasy Records label boss and prolific DJ Erol Alkan returns to Sub Club just over a year since his last appearance in the club as part of his To The Rhythm tour. This time around he’ll be taking a slightly more hands-off approach, or at least as hands-off as he knows how, and simply play a four-hour set – sounds relaxing doesn’t it?
Room 2 Dance: Or:la & Bruce @ Room 2, Glasgow, 20 Dec
The Derry Girls in Channel 4’s hit comedy series aren’t the only ones who have taken the world by storm. Derry-born DJ and producer Or:la is known for her diverse track selections and all-encompassing DJ sets. Meanwhile, Bruce is at the forefront of Bristol’s electronic music scene, with releases on local labels Livity Sound, Timedance and Idle Hands.
Club_Nacht: Optimo, NSA and more @ The Mash House, Edinburgh, 26 Dec
Time at home with family can be exhausting over the festive period so stick this party in your diary and gather up the troops for a post-Christmas blow out. Legendary Scottish duo Optimo will play a five hour set after another Scottish duo of similar stature, No Strings Attached, open proceedings with a three hour set.
SSL XL NYE @ The Bongo Club, Edinburgh, 31 Dec
If you’re hoping to avoid the inevitable chaos of Edinburgh’s street party this Hogmanay, then SSL XL’s party at The Bongo Club is your best bet to bring in the New Year. You can expect all the best in bass, garage, jungle, drum’n’bass and more from the likes of DJ Storm, Om Unit, Groove Chronicles and Proc Fiskal B2B Creep.
A Cut Above @ The Flying Duck, Glasgow, 31 Dec
Flying Duck regulars A Cut Above throw their first ever Hogmanay party, and it’s shaping up to be a real treat. The night champions the best of Scotland’s experimental and electronic music scene and on the line-up so far are a selection of the party’s previous guests, including Pleasure Pool, Double Discone, Kleft and LISALööF, with more still to be announced.
Pulse: New Years Day @ La Belle Angele, Edinburgh, 1 Jan
Continue on into 2020 with some slamming techno courtesy of Pulse. The long-running techno party celebrates its tenth birthday this year, and they’re kicking off their 11th in style. They’re bringing along Blawan, Dax J, SNTS and Stephanie Sykes for an eight hour party, alongside residents Darrell Pulse and Sean Laird.
Maximum Pressure NYD @ SWG3, Glasgow, 1 Jan
In Glasgow, you can also keep the celebrations going into 2020 at Maximum Pressure’s New Year’s Day edition. The party, run by Soma Records bosses Slam, are no stranger to a NYD blowout, so you’re in safe hands. Dax J will be jetting from Edinburgh to Glasgow (or the other way around) to join the likes of I Hate Models, Dasha Rush and a selection of locals.