Thursday, 2 December 2010

December (Week 1) Clubbing Listings: Edinburgh, Glasgow, Aberdeen and Dundee

This week we have a rare double-header of featured clubs of the week

Featured Club of the Week: Bigfoot's Tea Party
Venue: Glasgow School of Art
Date: Friday 3rd December

Bigfoot celebrate their second birthday party with special guest Ambivalent (M_nus) in a traditional venue (a change from fish factories, laundrettes and recording studios!) for techno and electronica fun. Ambivalent will be rockin’ the throbbin’ techno, but has also been invited to cut the Bigfoot birthday cake! The club also have a brand new sound system from Tannoy and rig from CPE Lighting to boost the hardware spec for their special event. Support comes from Faux Pas, Marmalade Man and visuals from Redux.

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11pm-3am, £10 / £8 advance or for GSA students

More info: Join the pre-party fun which starts at Offshore’s basement (Gibson St) for audio-visual art installations and music [2pm-8pm], followed by an official party of beats, vodka jelly and BYOB from 8pm-11pm.

Featured Club of the Week: Subculture Live
Venue: Sub Club
Date: Friday 3rd December

Just before they go head to head with Melting Pot, house legends Subculture have a special live event featuring Mervin Granger / Esa, Octave One, and Milton Jackson. You’ll better know Esa as Subculture’s resident but tonight you can get to grips with his alter-ego Mervin, and his deep grooves and bombastic basslines, while Detroit techno brothers Octave One show why they’re still banging it after 20-odd years. Milton Jackson brings more local flavour with his house head-ticklers.

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11pm-3am, £10 / £8


Club: Hot Mess
Venue: Wee Red Bar
Date: Friday 3rd December

DJ Simonotron strikes out from Clubs for Heroes and Devil Disco Club for his own venture into acid house, Hi-NRG, disco, italo and electro at this sizzling gay club.

11pm-3am, £3

Club: Tokyoblu - The CD Grab
Venue: Cabaret Voltaire
Date: Friday 3rd December

Tokyoblu are back with another CD Grab - every DJ playing at the night will have 50 copies of their own mix CD - and you just have to ask! Select a mix from one of the DJs, which includes John & Iain Tokyoblu in room 1, and David McGeorge, and Tokyoblu bros Niall and Denis McKervey with funky house all night.

11pm-3am, £7 / £5 guest lists - see here for guest list info.

Club: Ultragroove
Venue: Cabaret Voltaire
Date: Saturday 4th December
Right this is going to be interesting, logistically, given that resident Gareth Sommerville is also playing at a Melting Pot event in Glasgow on the same evening! He’s lined up for soulful house and disco in the backroom, while Craig Smith of 6th Borough takes the front room with Stephen Rodgers (Elements of Soul) for a selection of house, techno and disco. Martin Valentine, Lel Palfrey and Carina Ramos support.
Sounds like:

11pm-3am, £8 / £5 before midnight or with student ID

More info: Melting Pot vs Subculture at the Sub Club on 4th December for house and disco grooves featuring Andrew Pirie, Harri, Domenic and of course Gareth Sommerville on his cross-country venture.

11pm-3am, £10 / £8 before midnight

Club: Messenger Sound System
Venue: Bongo Club
Date: Saturday 4th December

Special guests The Educators join Messenger Sound System for reggae, dub and roots basslines to shake the snow from your hoods. Comprised of Burning Bush, Errol T and Mr Fabulous, The Educators will bring fresh dubs to accompany the lyricisations of MC Ras Echo.

11pm-3am, £7 / £6 before midnight

Club: Volume!
Venue: Sneaky Pete’s
Date: Saturday 4th December

Not only is this event free, it features special guest DFRNT, the Echodub label owner and bassline / dubstep producer. The Volume! crew bring up the rear with roots, electro, Baltimore, crunk and more.
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11pm-3am, free


Club: Mixed Bizness
Venue: Vic Bar, Glasgow School of Art
Date: Thursday 2nd December

Tonight is the launch party for the new Medusa EP from Glasgow’s S-Type, appearing on electronic label Phuturelabs. A mix of electronica, grime, p-funk, and hip-hop, Phuturelabs are delighted with the new release. Catch S-Type with fellow guest Ninja Tune’s Hint, host Profisee and resident Boom Monk Ben to kick off your weekend.

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11pm-3am, £4 /Free for GSA students before midnight

Club: Killer Kitsch, Muck and Dirty Noise
Venue: Stereo
Date: Friday 3rd December

Coalitions are a theme this year - even if the Con-Dem pact ain’t working at least our clubs can shown them how it’s done! Armed with an extra late night licence, Killer Kitsch, Muck and Dirty Noise join forces to secure an appearance from Reset! (Cheap Thrills) who are promoting their new fidget house / turbofunk EP. Fellow guest Ado (Blood Music) will blister the eardrums with his brand of electro.
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11pm-4am, £7

Club: Supernova
Venue: The Arches
Date: Friday 3rd December

Slovenia isn’t usually picked out for its music scene by the mainstream press, but the techno community knows that hard beats lie there! Valentino Kanzyani crosses Europe to take the Arches with the Hell DJs for bubbling electro-house, techno and tech-house to cover your bass bases!
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10pm-3am, £12

Club: Symbiosis
Venue: The Admiral
Date: Friday 3rd December

Symbiosis bring Lahndahn north when drum and bass producer Data (Metalheadz / Tempa) has all hands on deck for the Admiral. Resident DJs Calaco Jack and Alcane are first and second mates of the evening.
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11pm-3am, £7 / £5 students

Club: Slabs of the Tabernacle
Venue: La Cheetah
Date: Saturday 4th December

He’s an International Deejay Gigolo, but goes by the more sedate name Mick Wills - a master and lover behind the decks - he whips up a blend of house, techno, italo, Hi-NRG (the recurring buzz-word of 2010!) and electro; perfect for the Slabs crew.
Sounds like:

11pm-3am, £7

Club: Tiga
Venue: The Arches
Date: Sunday 5th December

Are you going to want him? Well Tiga is all yours on the finishing Sunday of the week when he has the Arches all to himself, for a night of himself. Support is to be announced, but if you want to wear your sunglasses at night to Turbo-charged electro, Tiga is in the house!
Sounds like:

9pm-3am, £12.50


Club: Ctrl-Alt-Defeat
Venue: Reading Rooms
Date: Saturday 4th December

Electro guests Hey Today!, Clouds and Ado (who was performing in Glasgow on the previous night!) bring the big beats for Crtl-Alt-Defeat. Surrender now!

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10.30pm-2.30am, £tbc

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