Scottish Clubbing Highlights: January 2024

New Year, same antics. January's top club picks include Optimo on 1 Jan, Bakey & Capo Lee, Nightwave, Lovejoy and Simula

Article by Cammy Gallagher | 21 Dec 2023
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Optimo (Espacio) kick off 2024 in Glasgow, bringing along A. Rodgers and GK Machine to The Berkeley Suite for a nine-hour party on 1 January. EXIT follow up a sturdy NYE with stronger NYD celebrations, as they team up with Healthy in showcasing DJs, live acts, and performances from noon. At SWG3, I Hate Models and Anetha are joined by VXYX for Teletech Glasgow, whilst Gerd Janson teams up with Telford at Sub Club. In Edinburgh, two-step your way into the new year with Dr Dubplate at Sneaky Pete’s (Mon 1 Jan).

Commencing Return To Mono’s 20th anniversary year in Glasgow with an open to close at Sub Club, don’t sleep on SLAM’s 5 HOUR SET on Friday 12 January. At The Berkley Suite, it’s Rush with local favourite, Nightwave – support from Eurshopper, Bash Man, and Mi$$ Co$mix (12 Jan). The following day in the capital, label boss Lewis Lowe goes all night long for Redstone Press & Friends at Sneaky Pete’s (Sat 13 Jan).

Electrikal set up shop at Bongo for Wall of Bass with Simula on Friday 19 January, skipping into the new year with some of drum & bass’s finest via their very own soundsystem. In Leith, La Beat residents return for another instalment of nothing but the best of Northern soul, funk, Motown, modern soul and disco vinyl at Leith Arches on the same night.

At Sneaky Pete’s, on Friday 26 January George Fitzgerald plays an intimate sold out show, his first at the venue in over six years. In Glasgow, London’s finest, Bakey & Capo Lee link at Stereo, fresh off recent collaborations for an evening full of cool NUKG and confident word play (Fri 26 Jan). Midweek at La Cheetah, Missing Persons Club head honcho, Lovejoy, joins Frenetik for a live set not to be missed (Wed 31 Jan).