Scottish Clubbing Highlights: September 2019
As the dust starts to settle on a busy and unpredictable Scottish summer, the parties still go on across Edinburgh, Glasgow and Dundee
9000 Dreams with Avalon Emerson & JASSS @ Room 2, Glasgow, 6 Sep
Returning for the third part of her 2019 La Cheetah residency, Avalon Emerson takes to the club’s sister venue and larger surrounds of Room 2, inviting Spanish-born JASSS to join her. Silvia Jiménez Alvarez took her first musical steps playing in hardcore bands before eventually moving to the electronic side and garnering praise for a string of releases on the likes of Mannequin Records and Dekmantel. Her debut album, Weightless, was released in 2017 and embraced a more atmospheric sound, further demonstrating her immense talent.
Return to Mono with SNTS (live) & Stephanie Sykes @ Sub Club, Glasgow, 13 Sep
Little is known about the frequently-masked German DJ and producer SNTS, other than the guarantee that his live sets provide plenty of slamming techno. Dubbed the ‘sith techno lord’ as a result of his usual stage attire of a black mask, black hooded jacket and coloured contact lenses, SNTS sets are known to lean towards the darker and grittier realms of techno. Joining him on the night is fellow German Stephanie Sykes, who made a name for herself in Manchester’s club scene during a period spent living in the city.
On Loop with Moxie & CC:DISCO! @ Sneaky Pete’s, Edinburgh, 20 Sep
A firm Sneaky’s favourite, Moxie rolls back into the Edinburgh clubbing institution for another round of her On Loop series. The last time Moxie played in the club she brought Canadian Nathan Micay along with her, and she’s continuing the globetrotting guest bookings again with Aussie CC:DISCO! The CC stands for Courtney Clarke and the DISCO! for what you can expect from her sets, which are all about dancing and having a good time, so put your phones away and live in the moment.
Shoot Your Shot with Rex the Dog (Live) @ The Berkeley Suite, Glasgow, 21 Sep
Forget CDJs and turntables, Jake Williams, aka Rex the Dog, prefers analogue electronics and his self-built Modular Synthesizer. Shoot Your Shot welcome the Londoner along to their latest party, with all his gear in tow for a DJ set like no other. In addition to DJing, Williams has also released numerous tracks and EPs on Cologne-based label Kompakt, as well as Kitsuné and Southern Fried Records, and has remixed tracks by everyone from Robyn to Depeche Mode.
FLY Open Air Festival @ Ross Band Stand, Edinburgh, 21 & 22 Sep
Edinburgh Council may be trying to shut it down, but Scottish dance music fans are fighting back. Earlier this year, thousands signed a petition to save FLY Open Air after the festival’s organisers launched the bid to show support for it following stricter restrictions being imposed by park bosses and councillors. The annual event returns to Princes Street Gardens’ Ross Band Stand this month, with sets from Denis Sulta, Jayda G, HAAi and more, so turn out in your droves and show the council exactly why the party must go on.
All Good All Day @ Mono & The Terrace, Dundee, 29 Sep
Since the sad and unfortunate closure of The Reading Rooms a few months ago, Dundee’s promoters have been trying to fill the hole that the loss of the legendary venue has left in the city’s club scene. This month, former Rooms regulars All Good have put together an all-dayer at Mono and The Terrace, which will take place across two stages – one indoor and one outdoor – over eight hours. London-based DJ Mella Dee will headline the event, playing a three hour set, alongside Glasgow’s Nightwave, with more acts still to be announced.