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Hairbrain presents Optimo on Saturday 4th October 2014
Glaswegians don't need to be convinced that Optimo are the best DJs in the world. The legendary weekly Sunday night Optimo Espacio parties at the Sub Club made such an impact on the city that there were signs in some workplaces forbidding employees from going.
Earning their stripes on the early acid house and techno scene (Twitch at Pure in Edinburgh, Jonnie at Knucklehead in Glasgow), the pair started Optimo as a reaction to how staid club culture was becoming. For the next 13 years they DJed exclusively at their own nights - Jonnie using vinyl only, Twitch pioneering Ableton Live software, then in its infancy. They booked only bands (they introduced Britain to The Rapture and LCD Soundsystem) and their sets incorporated everything from avantgarde classical music, soundtracks and experimental noise to weird pop, krautrock, Italo and cold wave, all underpinned by a techno and house aesthetic, rewriting the DJ handbook along the way.
Achieving something that only the most sublime of DJs are capable of, their sets are at not only demonstrations of exhilarating party music, but an education. Although they called time on their weekly Sunday night in 2010, they still tour the world extensively and run the Optimo Music and Optimo Trax record labels, as well as recording for other labels like Kompakt. They are no strangers to big crowds, but take this opportunity to see them in their natural environment: a basement and a sound system.
'I still think it’s the best party in the world…' (James Murphy from LCD Soundsystem on Optimo)
Early Bird tickets £6, regular tickets £10.
Music Genres: Disco, House, Techno
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