Scottish Clubbing Highlights: January 2022

Brighten up those January blues with big headline shows from Caribou and Ross From Friends, and Central EH1 becomes the latest addition to Edinburgh's club scene...

Preview by Nadia Younes | 05 Jan 2022
  • Ross from Friends supporting Little Dragon live at St Luke's, Glasgow

[Editor's note: the original version of this article went to print on Fri 17 Dec, before the Dec/Jan restrictions on gatherings and crowd sizes were introduced. We've done our best to update this and other affected articles, but apologies for any confusion caused.]

On 19 January Night Tube returns to Edinburgh, this time making its debut at The Bongo Club with Warehouse Project resident Aletha headlining and local hot tub enthusiast Jacuzzi General on support duties. Speaking of local talent, Aquelarre invites Edinburgh-based experimentalist Local Carp to headline their first event of the year at Sneaky Pete’s on 21 January, with Pako Vega on support. Not quite local but just about close enough, MADE have Glasgow techno purveyors Clouds along to their latest party at Club 69 in Paisley on 22 January.

There are two big headline shows in Glasgow towards the end of the month. Caribou finally makes it to Barrowland Ballroom on 24 January, following postponements due to COVID. Then, on 28 January, Ross From Friends takes his brand new live show to SWG3, following the release of his second album, Tread, back in October on Flying Lotus’s label, Brainfeeder.

Finally, the new year brings a much-welcomed new venue opening in the capital, as Central EH1 becomes the latest addition on Edinburgh’s club scene, located right in the centre of town at 3 Princes Street and launching with a 12-hour party on 29 January. But if 12 hours just isn’t enough, keep the celebrations going into the wee hours at an after party at The Biscuit Factory, with special guests still to be announced.