Image: Annie Mac
With the nights drawing in and winter taking firm hold, there’s perhaps no better excuse to go out and hit the dancefloor. So with October proving to be another huge month in Scotland’s main two cities, we can look forward to many highlights and, of course, that all important Golden Ticket.
Glasgow first, and kicking off in explosive style, the first weekend of the month is bursting at the seams. As one of the hottest labels in house, it’s Moda Black who lead the charge, descending on The Arches (Sat 2nd) with the likes of Marco Faraone, Shadow Child and local heroes, Mia Dora in tow. On the same night, Numbers’ new signing Doc Daneeka fires up the Funktion 1 at Saint Judes, with new release ‘Walk On In’ causing a stir on the underground. Down at The Admiral, Melting Pot celebrate Mexico’s ‘Day of the Dead’ with a residents special offering disco, house, techno and soul, alongside special Mexican drinks and multiple shots of Tequila.
Colours invite Super You&Me head honcho Laidback Luke to The Arches on Fri 8th, offering up high-octane electro and no-nonsense fun in equal measure. Dress to sweat because the famous ‘’Glasgow Bounce’ will be in full effect. If you’re still recovering from the previous week’s excess and saving yourself for Saturday, then Saint Judes is the place to be. Teaming up with Patron to present a series of exclusive guests over winter, they’ve managed to clinch a once in a blue moon appearance from Stacey Pullen, who'll bring his iconic Detroit reared mandate to party on the 9th.
If you’re prone to the odd mid-week mash up then the Sub Club have got you covered this November. With recent guests including Paul Woolford, Jackmaster and Medlar, Sub Rosa is a safe bet for quality club music every Wednesday, offering up only the finest 4x4 delights to see you through to the weekend. Be sure to check Ostgut Ton’s Prosumer on Wed 13th (listen to his Bolier room set above). Tuesday’s are of course covered by iAM, while on Thu 21st achingly hip clothing line We Own invite Hot Creation’s Waff to the subterranean basement. Away from the Subby, Mungo’s Hi Fi bring their infamous soundsystem to The Berkeley Suite every Thursday, delivering reggae, dub and good times to a lively and inclusive dancefloor.
Saturday (16th) meanwhile, is all about disco as Big Break Records present Adventures In Paradise at The Admiral, offering up warm grooves and soul to a clued-up dancefloor, while The Berkeley Suite fly in a true legend in the form of Daniele Baldelli, once resident at the cosmic hub of Baia Degli Angeli. Making waves with one of the only nights dedicated to prog and psychedelic techno in Glasgow, Tribal Pulse present their biggest booking yet in the form of Selador Recordings boss Dave Seaman on Fri 22nd.
It’s another big one at the Sub Club as Rinse FM welcome dubstep-turned-disco don, Skream into the booth on Fri 29th for an entire night of 4x4 love and impeccable selection. As with every week, Saturday is reserved for one of the world’s longest running underground parties, Subculture, with Harri & Domenic inviting Kompakt’s Michael Mayer to do the honours.
A few miles north and Edinburgh also has plenty to keep you interested in this month. Cocoon and Sven Vath are coming to an as yet unannounced venue on Saturday 2nd, the German uber lord of techno always good value for clubbers. Drum and bass comes to the Bongo Club on Friday 8th November when Xplicit bring Wilkinson’s Lazers not Included tour to the city, and if you’re after something a little bit more extreme the Torture Garden could be worth your money on Saturday 16th at the aptly named The Caves.
Just as intense although musically as opposed to sexually, Revolution presents Capital Carnage brings a wealth of hardstyle, hardcore and hard techno DJs to The annexe on Friday 22nd November. One week later and Kapital turn six in the same venue, Berlin’s Gaiser at the helm for that one
Edinburgh sees the best night out option in my eyes this month, as Annie Mac Presents hits the Picture House. As the UK’s first lady of dance the Irish rave vixen has been integral in establishing a greater presence of the rough and readier genres of dance music in the public eye, with electro, dubstep, drum and bass and all pushed by her on her show.
This date sees her bringing the sounds of her recent AMP compilation up to the country’s capital, and the line-up naturally is reflective of her eclectic mandate. Shimmering deep house comes courtesy of Duke Dumont and his honey voiced collaborator MNEK (stream his brilliant George Micheal/Aaliyah cover/mash-up above), with Swiss beat fiend Cyril Hahn and Geordie songstress Lulu James also in full effect. Head here for further details.
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