Scottish Clubbing Highlights: September 2022

Festival season isn't over, it's just getting started! Soma Skool, Shapes at the Jail and Cultivate Festival all return this month, alongside Goodfootin' Festival, FLY Open Air and AVA Connections

Feature by Nadia Younes | 30 Aug 2022
  • Eclair Fifi

Just when you thought festival season was over, it’s festivals galore this month and, just as Earth, Wind and Fire once told us, we’re dancing in September.

We begin this month’s fest-athon with an educational affair as Soma Skool is back in physical format at Glasgow’s SWG3 on 3 September, with a range of panels, workshops and masterclasses. Shapes at the Jail is also back at Stirling Old Town Jail on 10 September, with a headline set from Special Request.

There’s a brand new festival in Hawick called Goodfootin’ Festival taking place at Gatehousecote from 8-11 September, with music from ​​Peach Fuzz, Audiobahn and more. FLY Open Air returns to Edinburgh’s Princes Street Gardens from 16-18 September with a lineup packed full of local favourites, as well as B2Bs from Mella Dee and Saoirse and Eliza Rose and Interplanetary Criminal.

Over in Glasgow, AVA Connections team up with local collective Sensu, as part of a new series of events across the UK, bringing FJAAK, DJ Boring, Eclair Fifi and more to SWG3 on 23 September. And we round off a month of festivals by heading up north to Aberdeen, where Cultivate Festival takes over the city’s Beach Esplanade from 24-25 September with sets from the likes of Big Miz, Dr Banana, Hannah Laing and Sally C.

There are two sure-to-be-fun-filled Melting Pot parties at BAaD this month with some real Scottish legends. DJ Billy Woods and Simon Gordiner team up behind the decks for the first time in 15 years on 23 September, then Optimo continue their 25 year celebrations – joined by the always wonderful Walt Disco – on 24 September.

Other highlights throughout the month include Stirling’s own Sam Gellaitry at Sub Club on 2 September; South London-born DJ and producer Bklava at The Mash House in Edinburgh on 10 September; a 12th birthday special from Book Club at the King’s in Dundee on 10 September; and multi-disciplinary artist and founder of the SZNS7N label, LCY at The Berkeley Suite in Glasgow on 25 September.