First up in the month we have not so much a club event, as a club venue event - the SWG3 Fundraising Dinner 2009, on Thursday 3rd December. Not for the moth-pocketed however as the point is to give money! Starting with a champagne reception in the +44 141 Gallery to view an exhibition by fashion designer Pam Hogg, before a tour of the building, and then dinner and entertainment, including an auction and live music. The deal is you pay £200 for a seat, and £2000 for a table of ten, with tables hosted by Colin Barr, Martin Boyce, Robert Carlyle, Kelly Copper Barr, Pam Hogg, Jim Lambie, Scott Myles, Optimo, Lauren Tempany, Hayley Tompkins and Deryck Walker. So it's basically a fight to sit next to Optimo and drool. Given that SWG3 is home to over 120 artists and works as a non-profit, multi-disciplinary arts space, fundraisers like these are important, especially for the development of creative spaces for music and live arts. If you haven't winced at the price tag then put some thought into supporting local venues! Get in touch (email@example.com) quickly as seats need to be reserved by 27th November.
The next evening, head on over to The Arches for Supernova featuring Popof, James Harcourt and Hell Boys for rubbery electronics, throbbing techno and no-fucking-about house. 10.30pm – 3am, £12 advance
Speaking of Optimo, JD Twitch joins Andrew Divine for Divine!'s 19th Birthday Party on Saturday 5th December at the Victoria Cafe, Glasgow School of Art. Soul, funk and psych your way through 19 years of memories (if you're the hardcore attendee) or check it out for the first time! Twitch will celebrate with a 60s and 70s psychedelic set, which can also be caught here. Extras: Free mix CDs with rare Divine! 'vinyl excavations' available on the night. 11pm-3am, £5 / £6
Ballers Social pwns Friday 11th December at Stereo when Seiji (Sonar Kollectiv) and Shortstuff (Blunted Robots / Planet Mu) tear up the basement with beat delights. Seiji has provided a solid platter of beats for many DJs with 2007's 'DJ Tools', including Glasgow's own Benji B, Hudson Mohawke and Mweslee and Shortstuff's twisted dubstep and garage blend can soon be heard on a new Fabric complication, but catch it in person first! 11pm-3am, £5 before 12am / £7 thereafter
UPDATE: Given that the Arches will be taking a quiet break while part of Glasgow is ripped up in 2010, they're certainly cramming in the line-ups to please fans. Starting with Death Disco on Saturday 12th September, GRUM, Brodinski, Totally Enormous Extinct Dinosaurs, Filthy Dukes DJ set, We Have Band (live) and more tbc will tout a mixture of filthy electro, disco and rock to add dirt and sparkle to your night. As an added bonus there are DD canvas tote bags for the first 200 through the door, so you can do your environmental shopping in true clubbing style. Also handy for carrying ruined clothes or your brain after a hard night's dancing.
10pm-3am, £14 / £7 with half price pass or £5 with a Death Disco New Year ticket
The following Friday 18th, White Label does exactly what is says, showcasing the best up and coming DJs from the Glasgow area; Hologram Hookers (live), Tw-onko and Pasty, Rebecca Vasmant, Kill the Kid, and Michael Watters take to the stage for your critique, support and enjoyment. Minimal, techno, electro, house and more.
11pm - 3am, £8 or £6 (b4 11.30pm) on the door / £5 advance
Colours rake out the club groovers for their Winter Party on Saturday 26th with Armin Van Buuren, Gareth Emery, Dave Seaman, Paolo Mojo and Hacienda Classics with Graeme Park, Jon Mancini and Boney. Time tbc, £31 + BF
Mamasan is keeping the dancin' regular as oat bran suppositories with 4 upcoming nights this month to suit many tastes. First on the 11th, it's a Glasgow label showcase by Seinan Music, with four hours of house, hip-hop, techno and electronica. Seinan is formed by Sei A and Gary Logan. Next up is Dance Dance Dance on the 18th with funk, boogie and house, then Diskodanser on the 19th with cosmic sounds, italo, funk, and sleaze to whet your appetite. Finally Glasgow house label Tronicsole host their own event with resident Hiro. 11pm-3am, £prices vary
Off The Record host their last night at The Soundhaus on Saturday 5th, and did I mention it's their 7th birthday? To celebrate Sei A (live), Andro, Animal Farm residents, Simon Stokes, and Mr Copy are visually backed by VJ Scotchtape, bring a mix of sounds from labels such as Soma, Darkroom Dubs, Turbo, and Missive. 11pm-3.30am, £8/£7 members
Hawnay Troof (Chicks on Speed) spins with Streets of Rage and The Niallist (he is a busy boy) on Sunday 6th for a rather early Xmas party with Cry Parrot, the 'diy collective for colourful gigs'. Head on down to the Black Sparrow basement for electronica, dance-punk, and just plain, titillating noise, and before you do, click here for two Cry Parrot compilation albums featuring local artists to download and listen on yer way. 8pm-late, £4
Huntleys and Palmers Audio Club celebrate their 2nd birthday (six days shy of a Christ-like birth) with Four Tet '& friends' on the 19th. This is the last H&P for a while as they jet off to fix sea turtles, or some other thing - they didn't specify - but before that they wish to welcome you with open arms, free Sambuca, (maybe) some H&P biscuits, and previous party posters for the fanboys amongst you. 11pm-4am, £11.50 incl. BF
Never under Pressure, the Arches stalwart returns on Saturday 19th with Gaiser (live), Lee Van Dowski, Optimo, Dusty Kid, Vince Watso, and Harvey McKay. There will absolutely be no fucking country line-dancing - this is all balls out house and techno; some shades of minimal, funky electronics, deep and glitchy. 10pm-4am, £ 13 advance.
Stay tuned for more listings, and the Hogmanay round-up.
NB: This post will be continually updated