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Over the last 5 years Glasgow's annual Riverside Festival has welcomed some of electronic music’s most prolific and promising new talent to the grounds of the iconic Riverside Museum, and this year is no different. Among the names announced so far are Sven Väth, Nina Kraviz, Rødhåd, DJ Koze, Alan Fitzpatrick (who will play a special back to back set with Slam), Loco Dice, Surgeon (playing an exclusive modular live set), Levon Vincent, Hunee, Derrick Carter, Paula Temple, George Fitzgerald, Mr G, Art Department, Jasper James and Animal Farm. World renowned Frankfurt club and label, Cocoon, will also return to their Scottish home for the third year in a row.
Following their triumphant New Year party, Ivan Kutz and the Platform 18 crew have just announced arguably their biggest rave to date at The Depot, with a road-block line-up headlined by Detroit legend, Jeff Mills. With his new conceptual album ‘Planets’ due to drop next month, this is an exciting time for fans of ‘The Wizard’, and his three hour set in a Southside warehouse is bound to be a highlight of 2017. Other names on the bill include Mathew Jonson who will be performing live, as well as local heroes Gary Beck and perhaps most excitingly, deep-house stalwart and Freerange favourite, Milton Jackson, who makes a welcome return to the decks.
Make no mistake, 2017 will be La Cheetah’s biggest year to date. Having benefited from a dazzling upgrade last year, the intimate basement is set to host some essential events this year, including a four-part residency from Palms Trax. The Berlin-based DJ has become one of dance music’s hottest tickets over the few years, with his effortless sets sliding between future-facing and nostalgic house, Italo Disco and techno. Dutch festival and party crew, Dekmantel, were so impressed by his skills and selections that they asked him to join the squad, with early releases on Lobster Theremin also cementing his appeal. Expect some seriously hot guests to join him throughout the year, but for the first party it’s Palms Trax all night long and in his element.
Having claimed the top spot in Mixmag’s top tracks of 2016 with ‘Final Credits’, a slice of joyous, vocal disco which ruled last year’s festival season, as well as dropping brooding, cutting-edge house on Aus Music and his own label Graded, Midland is a master of his craft, and that extends to his DJ sets. A regular feature at the Sub Club where he joins Hammer and Jube for Thunder Disco in April, Midland’s sets surprise, scintillate and seduce, brilliantly moving through numerous shades of house, disco and darker beats.