Scottish Clubbing Highlights: December 2023

Though sunlight subsides, Scotland’s clubbing calendar is bright in December – highlights include Skee Mask & Zenker Brothers, Evian Christ, Rustie and Russel Haswell

Article by Cammy Gallagher | 29 Nov 2023
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Kollektiv & FLOOR ABOVE team up in welcoming Dublin’s techno native Tommy Holohan to King’s Dundee (1 Dec). In Glasgow, Civic House join forces with Rubadub, as Parveen’s Canteen serve their final dinner bowls of 2023 from 5pm (1 Dec). Later, head to Maxwell Street to see the official 2024 Ponyboy calendar take shape in real time over 2 consecutive nights at EXIT (1 & 2 Dec).

In Edinburgh, Volens Chorus host HEDO HYDR8 at Sneaky Pete’s for a high-energy UK debut (7 Dec). On 8 Dec, Hawkchild DIY returns to Glasgow for a sold-out sensory assault at Stereo with Trance Party boss Evian Christ – 12kw strobes confirmed. On the same night at Sub Club, techno giants DVS1 & Slam go 3 hours each behind the booth, while Lena Willikens lands at La Cheetah for ilex with Sofay and Ribeka.

Sneaky Pete’s stage Simo Cell for an early weekend affair in Edinburgh with Red Room Sound (14 Dec). Back at EXIT, industrial UK pioneers Regis and Russell Haswell celebrate 30 YEARS OF DOWNWARDS (15 Dec), whilst new school operatic gabber duo ascendant vierge take their live show to Stereo on the same night. If techno isn’t your jam, Basshaus bring DnB to The Classic Grand with Mrs Magoo, whilst Rebecca Vasmant offers a Queer History of Jazz at The Rum Shack. Ilian Tape roll through on Saturday (16 Dec), as La Cheetah presents Skee Mask & Zenker Brothers. Meanwhile in the Capital, it’s Circle 14 with Kairogen at The Mash House.

Numbers boast a stacked Boxing Day in Glasgow, bringing Rustle, Hudson Mohawke, Éclair Fifi and Spencer along to Sub Club. Glasgow’s Animal Farm mark 19 years of techno in style, celebrating Hogmanay with Blawan at Sub Club. Edinburgh’s Hogmanay sees Skillis’ Headset NYE spread across four floors at The Mash House till 5am. In Glasgow, La Cheetah‘s two-floor NYE 2023 delivers DjRum and Detroit In Effect, alongside local favourites.