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With January coming to an end, promises of staying ‘aff it’ in the bin and the bank balance slowly recuperating, it’s time to start making plans. In the last 48hrs alone there have been a flurry of exciting announcements, ranging from new festivals to club residencies and parties. It can be hard to keep up, so here's a glance guide to some essential events that have just hit the news stream:
Home to the likes of Denis Sulta, Big Miz and Marquis Hawkes, Dixon Avenue Basement Jams has quickly become one of Glasgow’s most prolific labels, and the guys behind it, Dan Monox and Kenny Grieve, have just announced a new residency at La Cheetah called Hot Footin’.
Firing up on February 25th, the guys host a live set by Cliff Lothar, whose releases on legendary Dutch label Viewlexx and Tiga’s Turbo Recordings are drenched in sweat. Expect label-mates and special guests to join Dan and Kenny throughout the year, with La Cheetah’s newly upgraded soundsystem put through its paces.
Sensu just revealed their hand, and it’s a Royal Flush. Returning to the Sub Club on Friday 24th February, they’ve invited Australia’s Mall Grab to bring his hazy lo-fi house to Glasgow. The 22-year old has notched-up releases on the likes of Church, Hokkaido Dance Club and Unknown To The Unknown in 2016, while also showcasing a steamy set on Boiler Room Paris. He’ll be joined by Lobster Theremin's equally intoxicating Route 8, who will be performing live.
Then, on Friday March 31st, Glasgow favourite and voice of the people, Seth Troxler will make a welcome return to Sub Club. This man needs little introduction, but his Play It, Say It label has hosted essential releases from the likes of Butch, Jesse Rose and The Mekanism, while he recently gave a rousing speech about the plight of Fabric on BBC News 24.
Crowned as Mixmag’s club of the year in 2016, Barcelona’s Elrow is nothing short of a party revolution. Having taken the brand around the world, as well as smashing a four month residency at Space Ibiza last year, Elrow are renowned for next level club production, using elaborate decoration, props, actors and acrobats to create a fully immersive experience. Of course, their booking policy reflects their unrivalled production, with the biggest names from house and techno heading the bill. Catch their Brazilian themed ‘Sambodromo’ carnival to SWG3 on Saturday 18th March and stay tuned for line-up announcements.
Returning for its fourth year in the grounds of Glasgow's iconic Riverside Museum, the Riverside Festival is due to take place on Saturday 27th and Sunday 28th May with a raft of international and local talent. No names have been announced yet, but with last year's line-up featuring Sven Vath, Fatboy Slim, Laurent Garnier and Joris Voorn, you can expect some big-hitters. Join the Facebook Event for first word on this year's headliners.
Ever since T in the Park raised the white flag, rumours have been flying about what could fill the void, with focus shifting to a new festival called TRNSMT. Coming to Glasgow Green this summer, it must be stressed that there's no official link to T in the Park, but the festival will take place from the 7th-9th July. Details are thin on the ground, but you can sign-up to the TRNSMT website for updates.