Scottish Clubbing Highlights: June 2022

Things are heating up – metaphorically and literally – with the return of Riverside Festival and Hidden Door this month, as well as plenty of exciting shows from the likes of Nia Archives, Jyoty and Bradley Zero...

Feature by Nadia Younes | 01 Jun 2022

It’s officially summer and Scotland’s promoters are bringing the heat! Terrible puns aside, there’s lots to look forward to this month, right from day one.

On the very first day of the month, Movement (the Glasgow version) brings Palestinian DJ Sama Abdulhadi to Sub Club for a night of eclectic belters. The following night, Electric Salsa celebrate their sixth birthday at Room 2 with Timedance boss Batu, Glasgow’s [underthunder] and residents on the warm-up.

Riverside Festival returns to Glasgow’s Riverside Museum from 2-4 June with possibly its best line-up yet. Headliners include costume change queen Róisín Murphy, dance music royalty Carl Cox and Belgian-born DJ Charlotte De Witte, with the entire Saturday line-up curated by renowned queer party Shoot Your Shot.

Speaking of festivals, Hidden Door makes a grand return this month, making use of a different disused venue this time around by taking over Edinburgh’s Old Royal High from 9-18 June. The line-up is stacked with some of the most exciting names in Scottish electronic music, including KAVARI, Kami-O, Proc Fiskal, Miss World’s Aphid and Nina Stanger.

Breakthrough jungle and drum and bass producer Nia Archives plays two shows in Scotland this month. The first is at Midnight Bass’s Glasgow edition at Broadcast on 7 June and the second is a collab between two Edinburgh promoters, George IV and Mango Lounge, at Sneaky Pete’s on 9 June.

Nestled in between is a truly unmissable show from Rinse FM regular Jyoty at Sneaky Pete’s on 8 June, courtesy of Heaters and Hypnotikk. And Heaters bring us another big party at Sneaky’s the following week, with Rhythm Section founder Bradley Zero playing all night long on 15 June.

It’s legends only as the month draws to a close. New-ish party Carte Blanche invite Blasha & Allatt, co-founders and residents of Manchester’s legendary Meat Free parties, to Club 69 in Paisley on 18 June. And last but by no means least, house music legend Robert Owens comes to Glasgow’s Berkeley Suite on 25 June, with support from local legend Junglehussi. [Nadia Younes]