Elrow Glasgow @ SWG3, 18 Mar
The first day of Elrow is upon Glasgow, and as much as the organizers want to showcase their Ibiza-esque pomp with an Amazonian jungle themed extravaganza, the real show is put on by the dancing of the Glaswegian party animals who are clearly feeling right at home.
This event sold out in a heartbeat, and the crowds are huge downstairs. It's an apology-led struggle to move between the sweaty dancers, palm leaves, twigs, inflatable bananas, beach balls and lilos. The inflatables are merrily tossed around, and there is nothing funnier than seeing a deflated, wet lilo sail through the air to wrap around some unsuspecting reveller's face. There's also the delightful and bemusing spectacle of 10-foot-tall tribespeople, led through the crowd by an overly-friendly chimpanzee who is kindly inspecting sweaty hairdos for nits.
Elrow has perhaps forgotten about SWG3's upstairs, as only the DJ booth is decorated, with some minor foliage. Artwork is on hand to remind the sparse crowd of dancers that it's about the music and not the superficial stuff, as he plays some proper techno – think DJ Deep's Stressin. It's a harder set than normally expected from Art, who recently held a raucous 'housewarming' at Sub Club.
De La Swing, an Elrow resident normally holding court in Barcelona or Ibiza, has rubbed shoulders with top DJs such as the Martinez Brothers, Maceo Plex, Maya Jane Coles and Seth Troxler. He keeps up the European vibe downstairs with mid-noughties house numbers such as Greece 2000 by Three Drives and Dibs & Cosmo's Sonic Rush.
Back upstairs, we have the pleasure of Edu Imbernon's talents in the booth. He's a worldy selector who has played all over to many larger crowds and deservedly so, as he's clearly well-skilled in his craft – prompting fellow Elrow Glasgow act Theo Kottis to show his appreciation by going over to shake Imbernon's hand mid-set.
Drawing the crowds away from the upstairs room are the headliners, local lads Jackmaster and Denis Sulta who hold court with aplomb amidst the bushes that adorned the DJ booth. The pair complement each other with their often leftfield disco gems dropped amidst house classics by Daft Punk and deep rumbling techno. Proving to be real selectors and crowd pleasers at the same time is quite the anomaly, but such rare species are to be found deep within the Amazon, right?