Wednesday, 2 March 2011

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

Art Department
 Featured Club of the Week: Rendezvous
Venue: Lane Nightclub
Date: Saturday 5th March

Rendezvous score a double whammy with their first birthday party and special guests Canadian duo Art Department, launching their debut techno and house album, ‘The Drawing Board’. The Crosstown Rebels Kenny Glasgow (with over 20 years in the business) and Jonny White also scored number one track of the year on Resident Advisor with 2010’s ‘Without You’ - catch them at their Edinburgh and Glasgow exclusive shows.

11pm-3am, £12 / £10

More info: Art Department appear at Glasgow’s Ticatactoe club at The Arches on Friday 4th March. More minimal house and techno comes courtesy of resident Andrew Doran. 11pm-3am, £10 / £8


Club: Xplicit
Venue: Bongo Club
Date: Friday 4th March

Xplicit are definitely on a roll, following up Andy C with Hospital Records’ Sigma, supported by ENO and Taz Buckfaster. The Breakbeat Kaos star maps the drum and bass subgenres in revitalising rhythms mixed with a side of subs.

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11pm-3am, £8

Club: We Own presents Pete Tong and Afrojack
Venue: Ocean Terminal
Date: Friday 4th March

We Own, the rather slick online youth clothing site, is launching a new website and clothing line with DJ support from house spinners Fred Lilla, One Dollar Dave and Jordan Cochrane. Special guests for the event are Pete Tong - no introduction needed, come on, there was a film named after him - and young dutch DJ and electro house producer, Afrojack.

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10.30pm-3am, £50 VIP / £25

Edinburgh round up:

Friday 4th March sees a whole host of talent coming, and residing in Edinburgh. First up, Jackhammer enter The Caves with Soma and Pressure’s Slam duo for heated house and techno (10pm-3am, £tbc), and new club Mad Caravan introduce world music flavours to Studio 24 (10pm-3am, £5). The prolific Kris Wasabi guests with Henry Bennet at Tokyoblu (Cabaret Volatire, 10pm-3am, £8 / £5) for warped disco, electro and Chicago house, supported by John Hutchison and Iain Gibson; and on Saturday 5th March, 6th Borough’s Craig Smith returns to deep and soulful house haven Ultragroove at Cabaret Voltaire (11pm-3am, £8 / £5).


Club: Sensu
Venue: Sub Club
Date: Friday 4th March

Ricardo Villalobos is Sensu’s award winning guest, tipping the deep techno and house and showing you why he’s earned the first place of Resident Advisor’s Top 100 DJs of The Year, twice. This is a booking Sensu have long been waiting for!

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11pm-4am, £20 / £15

Club: Nomad
Venue: The Art School
Date: Friday 4th March

New night for you, folks, from Club 69’s Ivan Kutz (Seasons), loading your ears with minimal and tech-house and special guests Heartthrob (M_nus) and deep and dubby Rossko (not to be confused with Rosko), who ‘s responsible for London’s Cerca Trova and Found parties. Chilean DJ Heartthrob has enjoyed the support of stars like Richie Hawtin and Magda and developed a ‘stream of consciousness’ style - check out his live set.

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11pm-3am, £12 / £10 adv.

Club: Melting Pot
Venue: The Admiral
Date: Saturday 5th March

I remember when I first started writing about Melting Pot - hard to believe they’ve now reached ten years, and to make sure it’s an extra special genre bending set, they’ve invited disco legend Joaquin 'Joe' Claussell (Body & Soul) straight from NY. Support comes from Glasgow's own Billy Woods and Thunder Disco Club.

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10pm-3am, £12 adv.

Club: Subculture
Venue: Sub Club
Date: Saturday 5th March

Scottish artist The Revenge - recently appearing on Steve Bug’s jackin’ Poker Flat compilation Forward to the Past - makes his debut at Subculture Scotland's finest export makes his house debut at Subculture.

Sounds like: Get The Curse Mix by The Revenge

11pm-3am, £10

Club: Highlife
Venue: La Cheetah
Date: Saturday 5th March

This bi-monhtly is a collaboration between Slabs of the Tabernacle and Huntleys & Palmers Audio Club, and this month sees the H&P record launch party for Auntie Flo’s debut. Also featuring T Williams and the afrobeat, italo, electro, latin and jackin’ Highlife sounds.

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11pm-3am, £7

Glasgow round up
Starting with Friday 4th of March, The Art School sees Bass Warrior Sound System take on Riddim Tuffa and J Bostron for reggae, dancehall and jungle, with DJ Dirtsman at the helm (11pm-3am, £6 / £5), and the newest talent in electro, techno, house and trance DJs is being found on the same night at The Soundhaus with the FreshLICK DJ Competition (10pm-1am, £6). The Arches host house legendary night Colours, featuring Wolfgang Gartner, AN21 (Steve Angello’s younger brother!), and Max Vangeli; the latter duo have recently launched new night Parliament. (10pm-3am, £15). .Finally, Jelly Roll Soul (a night inspired by Charles Mingus and Theo Parrish) welcome Eglo Records’ FunkinEven to La Cheetah to add the acid, disco and funk to their well-fired house (11pm-3am, £10).

Saturday 5th March kicks off with Pass The Peas at Stereo, featuring funk and soul with special live guests Federation of the Disco Pimp (11pm-3am, £5), but there’s a sweeter touch round the corner when Subcity have their Sweet Sixteen at The Arches. The event celebrates the University of Glasgow’s radio station and it’s birthday, with guests Beat Beneath, Chungo-Bungo, Datarape, Dim Sum, HaHaHa vs Raksha, Jackie Your Body, Kaleidoscope, One More Tune and Synth (11pm-3am, £10 / £8 adv).

Aberdeen and Dundee

Club: Chase & Status
Venue: The Forum, Aberdeen
Date: Friday 4th March

Bridging the mainstream and the underground with their hard, yet accessible drum and bass. This live show comes hot on the trail of their new LP ‘No More Idols’, released at the end of January. Support comes from MC Rage and Giles Walker.

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10pm–3am, £20 / £15 adv.

Club: Do It! x Dødpop
Venue: Snafu, Aberdeen
Date: Friday 4th March

Fans of skweee are underserved in Scotland, but Norway is bringing the genre from one of their best known labels directly to punters. This event supports the launch of Beatbully’s debut LP, and features live sets from Dødpop members Beatbully, Melkeveien, and Sprutbass. Do It! residents Uraki Riddim, Kid Bell & White Chocolate support.

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8pm-late, £7 / £5 before 10pm

Club: The Book Club
Venue: Reading Rooms, Dundee
Date: Saturday 5th March

The Book Club is Reading Rooms disco, techno and electro event with nary a text in sight. Is_Kill, Beatmaster 2000 and Teesee spin the experimental beats.

10.30pm-2am, £6 / £4 before midnight

Dundee and Aberdeen round up
Headway spins the deep, dubby and sometimes disco beats with house and techno at Dundee’s Reading Rooms on Friday 4th March. 10.30pm-2.30am, £6 / £4 before midnight. On the same evening, further North in Aberdeen’s Snafu, A La Fu (Big Dada) hosts All Neon Like, a ‘smorgasboard’ of wonk, disco, italo, electronica and techno all plattered up. 11pm-3am, £6 / £3 before midnight.

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