Scottish Clubbing Highlights: November 2018
Glasgow kicks off November's clubs calendar with a massive weekend of parties, and the rest of the month across Scotland looks just as action-packed
Era Suite is a new party night and collaboration between Sub Club and local jazz champion Rebecca Vasmant. Bringing the best and freshest jazz, funk, Latin, Afrobeat and electronica to Glasgow, the first event (which kicks off at 7pm) will feature live guests AKU and Nimbus Sextet, plus Vasmant herself on the decks. From 11pm, you can also stick around to see Sub Club host Vasmant and radio veteran Gilles Peterson.
Numbers Presents @ The Art School, Glasgow, 3 Nov
The beloved Art School is back in business, and with it comes this huge Numbers night with the inimitable Helena Hauff at the helm. The killer lineup includes live shows from South London musician Klein – fresh from supporting Björk on her recent tour – and riotous Bristol band Giant Swan. There's also sets from Batu, Sue Zuki, Numbers co-founder Spencer, and new label signing Perko.
A Cut Above #3 @ The Flying Duck, Glasgow, 3 Nov
After two successful outings, A CUT ABOVE is back for party number three, showcasing the best of Glasgow's forward-thinking talent. This time round MR TC heads the bill with a live show, with further live sets from Pleasure Pool and Cucina Povera and DJ sets from 12th Isle, VAJ.Power and Junglehussi.
SHOOT YOUR SHOT (Wes Baggaley) @ SWG3, Glasgow, 3 Nov
Mixmag recently declared Wes Baggaley to be as influential as The Black Madonna in terms of shaking up mainstream dance music. The Manchester-born DJ with the distinctive handlebar moustache has been around since the 90s and is a household name on the gay underground scene. He's a regular at some of London's best parties (Your Love, Chapter 10, Horse Meat Disco, Dalston Superstore) and it seems the rest of the UK is beginning to catch on to his talents.
What do German DJ/producer Lena Willikens, Nathan Gregory Wilkins of Cowboy Rhythmbox, and Glasgow's own Jonnie Wilkes have in common? As the HEALTHY crew put it, "the three DJs play together for the first time despite their names being right next to each other in the DJ directory". Jokes aside, this is a trio of heavyweights whose names AND styles of playing go together perfectly. This b3b show will also mark Lena Willikens' Berkeley Suite debut.
Hobbes Music 5th Birthday Party @ The Bongo Club, Edinburgh, 9 Nov
A one-off party marking five years of the Edinburgh-based Hobbes Music label. Local favourite Nightwave and London's Michelle Manetti co-headline, plus expect live shows from Jacksonville, Gaming and Exterior and tunes courtesy of Leonidas & Hobbes. All in all, this is a lively cast of favourites from the past, present and future of the Hobbes imprint.
Headway with Rebekah @ The Reading Rooms, Dundee, 16 Nov
A night of nuanced yet volatile techno is in store with Rebekah taking the lead from warm-up crew Andy Barton, Neil Clark and Graeme Binnie. Pop on her excellent 2018 release My Heart Bleeds Black and get ready to be blown away by a seasoned performer currently on the best form of her life.
La Cheetah 9th Birthday Pt.3 – Hunee (6 Hour Set) @ La Cheetah Club, Glasgow, 17 Nov
La Cheetah continue their excellent ninth birthday celebrations by bringing in renowned crate digger Hunee for an all-night set. That's a whole six joyous hours of sonic delights, from one of the most endearing characters in dance music right now.
Heaters (Project Pablo) @ Sneaky Pete's, Edinburgh, 21 Nov
Our favourite Montreal-based DJ drops into Scotland for this mid-week party at Sneaky's. Patrick Holland – who also produces under the aliases Jump Source, 2 Responsible, and Rest Corp – is a master of melodic Vancouver-ish house, and has also proved himself capable of delivering flawless sets that span house and techno, jazzed up with elements of boogie, disco and funk.
Pulse 9th Birthday: Paula Temple @ The Mash House, Edinburgh, 24 Nov
Long-running techno purveyors Pulse celebrate their ninth birthday with a scorching hybrid set from Paula Temple. Her crafty, punchy afternoon set back at Riverside Festival earlier this year was our highlight of that weekend; we can't wait to see what mayhem she conjours up in the intimate surrounds of The Mash House.