Tuesday, 30 March 2010

April 2010 Club Listings: Edinburgh, Glasgow, Aberdeen and Dundee

UPDATE: Apologies for lack of listings for the 3rd week of April - the volcano ash gummed up my keyboard and I had to cease all comms ;)


Club: An Evening with Mauro Picotto - Meganite

Venue: The Caves
Date: 2nd April

Picotto brings his successful Meganite event to Edinburgh for an exclusive four hour set of all shades of house and techno; groovin', minimal, tribal, deep and now in your home town! Take one club format, export it around the world, and ensnare a generation of clubbers - Meganite has enthralled the crowds of Europe, Asia, Australia, America, and even gained government support in Turin. Support comes from Jason Cortez.

10pm-3am, £17.50 adv. from Ripping Records

Club: Tokyoblu
Venue: Cabaret Voltaire

Date: 2nd April

Classic house club Tokyoblu presents 'A Real House Party' imbued with Chicago, Latin and African vibes for a four hour b2b set from the resident DJs. Funky, jackin' and dirty; the main room will feature live percussion from David McGeorge, and extra electro and disco from Niall & Denis McKervey and DJ No Bad. Do NOT stuff your face with Easter eggs, you'll need your dancing legs!

11pm-3am, £8 / £5 guestlist, student or member

Extra: Text 07709058952 for £5 guestlist

Club: Fuse
Venue: The Lane (formerly Berlin)

Date: 2nd April

Electronica, techno, house, dubstep and nuwave fuse together at The Lane where two b2b sets are going down simultaneously! Gus Armstrong & Tim James headline in the main room, with support from Stu Todd and Luke Dubious, while Luke Cassidy & The Ice Man take the White Room with support from Ritchie Simpson. Even the bar has DJs, with house and disco dashes that go down well with mixers Lee Mutch, Slikk Mik and Tony Nicol.

11pm-3am, £tbc

Extra: For paying guestlist email fusenight1@googlemail.com

Club: Musika
Venue: The Picture House and Cabaret Voltaire
Date: 2nd April

Limber up for a short cross-city club jaunt when Musika fly in Laurent Garnier for a live show at The Picture House followed by a further three hours of after party at The Speakeasy in Cabaret Voltaire. Garnier needs little introduction, having played an integral part in the development of house and techno across Europe and the world, and firmly cementing a connection between fried pork and popping techno in late 20th century. In a new century he's still going strong, and out to promote his new LP, Tales of a Kleptomaniac, which happens to be jaw-droppingly good and genre-bending as usual. His spectacular live performance features DJ support from a host of local club DJs, including Gary Mac (We Are Electric), Gareth Sommerville (Ultragroove), and Musika's Kirk Douglas. The party continues across town with Musika residents and special guests.

7pm-late, £18.50+bf adv at The Picture House and 11pm-3am, £5 at The Speakeasy

More info: Laurent Garnier will be on-stage at 10pm

Club: Volume!
Venue: Sneaky Pete's
Date: 3rd April

A wee taster for their huge forthcoming event later this month, Volume! put on a free party of dubstep, jungle, dnb, Baltimore and more. Resident DJs Termite, G-Mac, Paranoise and Brian D'Souza will set the beats and tone for the evening.

11pm-3am, Free

Club: Mothergroove Easter Party
Venue: Below The Stairs (Picardy Place)
Date: 4th April

At Edinburgh's newest venue, a collaboration between Ultragroove and Motherfunk brings us Mothergroove for a special Easter party. Gino & Fryer (Motherfunk) and Gareth Sommerville (Ultragroove) lay on a resurrection feast of house, soul, funk, disco, boogie and hip-hop!

11pm-3am, £5

Club: Jackhammer
Venue: The Caves
Date: 9th April

Give me a shout if you're in town for the mighty Frequency 7 live aka Ben Sims Vs Surgeon, as I'll be down the front pulling ridiculous shapes to hard techno, industrial, funk, dub and hip-hop. (I'll be the one who looks Lo-quality.) This will be the second ever appearance of the collaborative project in Scotland so grab your rough 'n' tumble clothes and head into Edinburgh's belly of The Caves and grab a slice of their busy 2010 production schedule. Support comes from Wolfjazz and Keytes.

11pm-3am, £10 / £8 students

Club: Substance
Venue: GRV
Date: 10th April

It has been very unusual to see high-rating dance artists playing the same weekend in Edinburgh, but that's about to change when Luke Vibert takes Substance to its acid-techno limits, in the very same 24 hours that sees Ben Sims going up against Surgeon less than a mile away! The Warp and Rephlex master joins Gavin Richardson in the main room of electro, techno and rumbling bass, while the familiar faces of Al MacDonald (Dogma), Monsieur De Large (Inner City Acid), Jetlad (Club for Heroes) and Nostra Terra crank the house and disco in room two. Get a lesson in electronica and just what can be done with it from the prolific Vibert machine.

10.30pm-3am, £10 adv.

Club: Volume!
Venue: The Bongo Club
Date: 23rd April

Volume's third birthday has cropped up quickly - is it really 36 months since the crew first intro'd Edinburgh to dubstep and the many levels of bass out there? To celebrate they have invited back Caspa(Sub Soldiers), who will host the main room of dubstep, jungle and dnb with support from MC Rod Azlan and residents Termite, G*Mac, Paranoise and Brian D'Souza. But that's not all! Biggi B-Boy Beatmaster (say that 10 times fast) and Barba Poppa Choppa lay down hip-hop, funk, soul and reggae in room 2.

11pm-3am, £10 adv

Club: Trouble
Venue: Secret Location
Date: 24th April

Can't say much about this one as the details for Trouble's 8th birthday remain a secret, but I suggest you start subscribing to their newsletters and checking out the website for some clues! Glasgow club Slab of the Tabernacle will be on hand to ring in eight years of stormin' house!

Time and price tba

Club: Departure Lounge
Venue: The Caves
Date: 24th April

Share the magnitude of this night with Departure Lounge, who are equally pleased about the live line-up they've pulled together for their yearly Saturday show (all other shows on Fridays); Bass Clef , The Hypnotic Brass Ensemble and The Souljazz Orchestra nicely sum up the Lounge's style - bass, brass, soulful and lively! Dancehall, dubtep, soul, afrobeat, and funk - it's the most exciting Departure Lounge you can end up in during travel gridlock! DJ set support comes from Astroboy, Jiminez & Mr Zimbabwe!

9pm-3am, £15 / £11+bf adv.

Extra: Mixed Bizness host Bass Clef on Friday 23rd at Stereo in Glasgow - Boom Monk Ben and Point to C are on support! 11pm-3am, £7 / £5 before midnight


Club: Sven Vath Sound of the 10th Season World Tour
Venue: The Arches

Date: 2nd April

I've always thought of Sven Vath as a kind of Million Dollar Man - I imagine if anything bad happened to him they would fix him and have him back on stage delighting the punters. The rigorous tour schedules already suggest there's some kind of bio-mechanical 'stay up forever' type surgery at work! Joining the house and techno lord (Cocoon, Womb, Zouk etc) will be Glasgow's favourite electronica sons; Slam, Harri and Domenic, and Telford.

10pm-3am, £19

Club: Animal Farm
Venue: MamaSan
Date: 3rd April

Another club whetting clubber's tastebuds in preparation for a bigger event later in the month is Glasgow's Animal Farm; deep house, Detroit, Chicago and dub techno for a budget £0. Get in practice for the floor-destroying Sandwell District later this month.

11pm-3am, Free

Club: Bigfoot's Tea Party
Venue: The Courtyard
Date: 3rd April

For some daytime dancing head to Bigfoot's Tea Party for their first event of 2010, entitled Dutch Appreciation - Episode One. The venue has undergone a revamp since they last visited in September, and now boasts two floors of outside areas. A member of the Amsterdam 661 Collective, Dutch techno spinner David Labeij (Remote Area) headlines the afternoon party, which also comes with a free bbq! Support for this nine hour extravaganza comes from Simon Stokes (Minibus/Rekluse), Daniel Hedley (Hot Box), Dave Scott (69) residents Marmalade Man, Faux Pas and Redux (visuals). Throughout the day Bigfoot will also be showcasing short, experimental films.

3pm-12am, £10/ £8

Club: Melting Pot
Venue: The Admiral
Date: 3rd and 4th April

Melting Pot bring us two events back to back for the first weekend of April, kicking off with their Easter Bank Holiday Weekend Part 1: A Tribute to The Paradise Garage and Larry Levan, followed by Part 2 on Saturday with Body & Soul's Danny Krivit. The Paradise Garage played a central part in the development of the disco and house scenes in the late 70s onwards, and Melting Pot are pleased to welcome original resident Larry Levan. The Dance! Dance! Dance! DJs Derek Smith and Andy Piacentini collaborate with residents Andrew Pirie and Simon Cordiner on support. The following Sunday the Pot crew welcome Danny Krivit; child of NY's Greenwich village, growing up surrounded by the stars of the 60s, and later feeding his thirst for house and disco at The Paradise Garage. In the near 40 years since turning vinyl enthusiast, Krivitz has enjoyed wide-spread success and started his own legendary events such as Body & Soul and still regularly DJs today.

11pm-3am, £8 (Saturday) / £12 adv. (Sunday)

Extra: The Melting Pot DJs will be playing tracks selected from the Top 100 records of The Paradise Garage, as listed in the muso's field-guide, 'Last Night a DJ Saved My Life'.

Club: Cosmic Microwave
Venue: The Universal
Date: 4th April

The Cosmic Microwave club moniker stirs imagery of bleeps, deep space sounds and pulses of the universe, so it's very fitting that the group export waves of deep house, tech-house and disco to transport clubbers to another dimension. Joining Aaron Petrie is Brian D'Souza (Slabs of the Tabernacle) and Jay Shepheard (Buzzin' Fly / Compost), who has several 12"s on Compost Black upcoming for 2010.

11pm-3am, £7

Club: Numbers
Venue: O2 ABC
Date: 9th April

Lo-quality is also quite pouty about the fact that they can't go to Modeselektor again this year, as the personal Numbers pilgrimage has been briefly suspended for recession budgets and Frequency 7. However, I can assure readers this is not a show to be missed, no matter if you've seen it before as Modeselektor will be launching their new Soundsystem performance; a combo of live Modeselektor and live edits of DJ tracks with visuals from Pfadfinderei. The adrenaline is pulsing up my spine already.

11pm-3am, £12+bf adv.

Extra: Numbers' Jackmaster will be flying over to Germany to represent the Glasgow club at Germany's Melt Festival this year.

Club: Animal Farm
Venue: Sub Club
Date: 23rd April

It's only their second time at the Sub Club venue, but Animal Farm have brought in the big guns, regardless! Regis and Function aka Sandwell District will thunder down live techno on an eager crowd. It's underground sounds for Glasgow's literally underground club, and the duo have the undeniable capacity to make fellow artists froth at the mouth. Pre-club at MacSorley's from 9pm with Animal Farm residents Lamb and Quail!

11pm-3am, £10

Club: Secret Wars Euro League feat. Spectrum
Venue: Sub Club
Date: 29th April

It's Glasgow vs Bristol in this edition of Secret Wars Euro League, where 16 cities battle for the crown of European Champions of Live Art; local artists will sketch it out in a 3 on 3 formation, followed by tunes from the Spectrum residents and special guests! The combination of art and music styles will ensure your cultural leanings are sated for April!

8pm-late, £tbc


Club: Everything Else Sucks
Venue: Origin
Date: 10th April

A mixed bag of beats this month when Southern Fried's Malente sweeps into Scotland for a two date special; producing since the turn of the century, Malente has captured attention with his blend of electro, disco and house in jackin', rave and fusion styles! Support comes from residents Djamba (Hush Hush / Mixtape), Giles Walker (Hush Hush / Mixtape / Electrique Boutique) and Eezma (Kaplank Kapow).
10pm-3am, £7 / £5

More info:
Velvet and Muck join forces to bring Malente to O'Couture's in Glasgow on April 9th. Support comes from PMcQ, Bovine and Rob Etherson.


Club: Headway
Venue: The Reading Rooms
Date: 2nd April

The Cocoon boys must be in Scotland together, as Yousef plays Dundee the same night as Sven Vath conquers Glasgow! It's been almost ten years since Yousef (Circus / CR2) last played in Dundee, so an appearance is overdue for the city's house and techno lovers. Supporting is Andy Barton, Neil Clark, Bruce Anderson and Graeme Binnie.

10.30pm-3.30am tbc, £10

Club: DD10
Venue: Soul Nightclub
Date: 9th April

DJ Lottie Does Dundee on 9th April, spinning a rainbow of house genres to keep it funky, tribal, deep, jackin' and just plain jumpin'. Come spot the rare female serious house DJ in her natural habitat behind the decks!

9pm-2.30am, £13 / £11 adv./ £9 students

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