Scottish Clubbing Highlights: October 2018

It's October, which means a month packed with Halloween parties featuring some of the best DJs around right now, from both Scotland and further afield

Feature by Claire Francis | 28 Sep 2018
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Animal Farm: Rødhåd @ Sub Club, Glasgow, 5 Oct
Everyone's favourite techno viking stops into Subbie this month as part of Animal Farm's 14th birthday celebrations. Expect heavy, hypnotic selections from the Berlin-based Rødhåd, with the party set banging on through to 4am, licence pending.

Richie Hawtin presents CLOSE @ O2 Academy, Glasgow, 11 Oct
After debuting his new show at Coachella Festival last year, techno and technology innovator Richie Hawtin brings the CLOSE live tour to Glasgow for one of only two UK headline dates. With CLOSE, Hawtin uses strategically-placed cameras to bring the audience closer to the action, challenging the distinction between DJing and live performance with this groundbreaking 75-minute audio-visual show.

Taikano presents ANNA @ SWG3, Glasgow, 12 Oct
Brazilian producer ANNA kicked techno into another gear this year with the release of her debut EP Speicher 101 on Kompakt back in January. The daughter of a nightclub owner, it seems that DJing was always Ana Miranda's calling, and she's proven herself every bit worthy of her rising star status with a huge touring schedule, ticking off some of the globe's best festivals and clubs.

La Cheetah 9th Birthday Part 1: DJ Stingray & Josey Rebelle @ La Cheetah Club, Glasgow, 12 Oct
La Cheetah kick off their ninth birthday celebrations with a formidable double billing in the form of balaclava-clad DJ Stingray and Rinse FM regular Josey Rebelle. Both artists are no stranger to the La Cheetah basement and both are known to drive the BPMs up to bone-rattling pace. This will be fun.

FLY presents Yotto Hyperfall Tour @ Cabaret Voltaire, Edinburgh, 19 Oct
Finnish DJ and producer Yotto stops into the capital to launch his debut album Hyperfall. His tracks have been given a spin by the likes of Sasha, Laurent Garnier, Kölsch and Adriatique, and he’s coming to Edinburgh with a stacked deck of some of the best contemporary house music about right now.

Don't Be Afraid Takeover: rRoxymore & Wheelman @ Stereo, Glasgow, 19 Oct
Bristol/London-based label Don’t Be Afraid (DBA) invite rRoxymore along to headline this night that, in true DBA spirit, promises an alternative take on your everyday techno and house. Glasgow's own Wheelman, aka Jonathan Fernandez, is also part of the DBA family and a class act behind the decks, and Moonlight resident and local rising talent LISALÖÖF will be on hand to warm up the party.

Maximum Pressure Halloween 2018 @ SWG3, Glasgow, 27 Oct
It's been a year since Slam revamped their parties under the new Maximum Pressure banner, and this is yet another supercharged Halloween party from Glasgow's best techno promoters. The last three parties have been sold out, and with a line-up of this calibre – Slam, Blawan, Dave Clarke, Dax J, IDA, Nightwave, Jasper James, Noncompliant, Matrixxman and more – this one looks set to go the same way.

Subculture: Ciel @ Sub Club, Glasgow, 27 Oct
Cindy Li is a Toronto-based producer, DJ and promoter who goes by the alias Ciel. She dropped her debut EP Electrical Encounters via Shanti Celeste's Peach Discs late last year, and when not touring she keeps herself busy with her Work In Progress initiative, an event series and radio show that highlights dance music made by female-identifying artists. If you fancy a night of sublime electro and progressive house over the bigger Halloween events on offer, this should be your pick.

Terminal V Festival – Halloween 2018 @ Royal Highland Centre, Edinburgh, 27 Oct
The line-up for this mega eleven-hour Halloween marathon speaks for itself. Detroit legends Robert Hood and Moodymann. The Black Madonna. Amelie Lens. Len Faki. Sam Paganini. Krystal Klear. Optimo. Or:la. Eclair Fifi... the list goes on. You'd be mad to miss it.

FLY Halloween Spooktacular @ The Liquid Room, Edinburgh, 31 Oct
What would Halloween in Edinburgh be without FLY's annual Halloween Spooktacular party? So far the line-up promises Skream, Mella Dee, Baba Stiltz and Bawrut, with more to be added. Don't forget to don your best Halloween costume to be in the running for a £250 prize.