Scottish Clubbing Highlights: March 2018

March madness begins here, with a huge array of quality local and international acts spinning tunes across Scotland this month

Feature by Claire Francis | 06 Mar 2018
  • Clubbing Highlights

Shanti Celeste & DJ Python @ La Cheetah Club, Glasgow, 9 Mar

Back in October at The Art School, Shanti Celeste delivered one of the most assured and dynamic performances we've seen in a long time, making her set the highlight of that particular Sulta Selects event. Celeste is Chilean-born, Bristol-raised, and Berlin-based, and the DJ/producer/label owner seems to combine the elements of her peripatetic background to deliver captivating sets that span multiple genres. She's joined by NYC-based DJ Python, who turned heads last year with his excellent house/reggaeton/ambient LP Dulce Compañia. There’s a 4am licence in place to contain all the madness – don't sleep on this one!

I AM - Daniel Avery @ SWG3, Glasgow, 9 Mar

Daniel Avery's much anticipated Song For Alpha – the follow-up to 2013's Drone Logic – is released in April, and if his recently dropped Slow Fade EP is anything to go by, the album is set to be an ambient-techno treat. To mark Song For Alpha's upcoming launch, Avery will stop by Glasgow to play a special extended set.

The Reckless Kettle Drag Party @ The Reading Rooms, Dundee, 15 Mar

"Girls dressed as boys, boys dressed as girls, girls dressed as boys dressed as girls." Reckless Kettle duo, Fergus Tibbs and Mikey Rodger, are back with another of their self-described 'parties for freaks': expect a wide ranging selection of A+ tunes, and make sure you dress up in your finest threads, because there's a prize on offer for best outfit on the night. Entry is less than a fiver too – what's not to like?

Wasabi Disco with Happy Meals (Live) @ Sneaky Pete's, Edinburgh, 17 Mar

This is the debut Sneaky Pete's show for Glasgow synth-pop duo Happy Meals, who are one of the best live electronic acts around right now. Part of the Optimo-affiliated coldwave label So Low and Green Door Studio family, Suzanne Rodden and Lewis Cook's live shows are always an inventive, enveloping spectacle. Give their recently released track Tomorrow Could Be Heaven a spin to get a sense of the duo's talent.

Thunder Disco: Or:la @ Sub Club, Glasgow, 23 Mar

Liverpool-based DJ and producer Or:la has been described as 'one of the most underrated DJs on the UK circuit at the moment'. This seems likely to soon change, as she embarks on a huge string of local and international tour dates this year – stopping in at Sub Club this month to kick off Thunder Disco's 2018 residency at the venue.

MYS Turn 1 // COEO @ The Berkeley Suite, Glasgow, 25 Mar

Ruaridh Gill, Matty Lech and Cammy Macphail launched Mind Yer Self last year, a series of bi-monthly nights at The Berkeley Suite that bring exciting up-and-coming DJs and producers to the city, while also raising awareness about mental health issues among young people. All profits from the club nights are donated to Penumbra, one of Scotland's largest mental health charities – in the past 12 months MYS have collectively raised an amazing £1,400 for the organisation. An excellent cause for celebration, we think.

Lionoil: Lena Willikens & Violet @ The Bongo Club, Edinburgh, 30 Mar

This quality Lionoil offering pairs Cologne-based selector and producer Lena Willikens with upcoming Portuguese talent Inês Coutinho, aka Violet. Between the two you can expect a carefully-curated mix of everything from obscure proto-techno and raw house to straight up jungle and synth disco. But, for the love of god, just don't utter the term 'female DJs' on the night.

SENSU presents Mall Grab & Denis Sulta @ Saint Luke's/Sub Club, Glasgow, 30 Mar

SENSU take over Saint Luke's and Sub Club for a full day and night of madness. Pals Mall Grab and Denis Sulta will be joined by CC:Disco! and the SENSU residents, for what's set to be a very Good Friday indeed.

Maximum Pressure x Easter 2018 @ SWG3, Glasgow, 31 Mar

The line-up says it all really. Nina Kraviz, Slam, Eats Everything, British Murder Boys, Optimo, DJ Stingray, Quail, IDA and more make up this mammoth Pressure Easter event, which runs from 5pm all the way through to 3am.