It’s nearly over. We can soon say bye to 2016. With a fresh start just around the corner, we’ve compiled a guide to some of Glasgow’s best New Year parties, and as always, there is plenty to choose from. Whether it’s Hogmanay with Jon Hopkins, basement bells with Adesse Versions or pies and techno with Slam on New Year’s Day, there is a lot to get excited about, so put your best foot forward and start 2017 as you mean to go on:
NEW YEAR’S EVE:
Following a year which saw them host their fifth birthday with Ralph Lawson, as well as numerous terrace parties across the city, On The House have plenty to celebrate this Hogmanay. Hooking up with Broken Disco to present an 8 hour takeover at Sauchiehall St basement and bar, Broadcast, you can expect to find Adesse Versions heading up a bill of local talent that includes Illyus & Barrientos and Mr Night. Having notched-up two huge releases for Numbers – last year’s inescapable ‘Pride’ and the more recent ‘What Friends Are For’ – Adesse Versions has become something of a Glasgow favourite, ensuring this 350-capacity knees-up will be jumping.
With Optimo taking a well deserved break from hosting Hogmanay, The Art School have pulled in some rather big favours to fill the void. With a stop-the-press line-up, the Assembly Hall will countdown to 2017 with Jon Hopkins and Nathan Fake. The Vic Bar, meanwhile, plays host to some of Glasgow’s most on-point selectors, with Nightwave being joined by experimental producer and visual artist Konx-om-Pax, effervescent electro-pop duo Bossy Love, and Sofay, who has provided mixes for Palms Trax and the aforementioned Optimo this year. An ultra-hip way to bring in the New Year.
2016 was the year that La Cheetah realised its full potential. Receiving a stunning upgrade and re-design that included sound, lights and layout, the Queen St basement is arguably one of the best small clubs in the UK. Of course, the line-ups remain on-point, and this NYE they’ve invited Numbers stalwart, Spencer, to take care of the club alongside Randomer, while Chicago disco don, Rahaan will be doing his thing upstairs with Swiss selector, Sassy J - all to the tune of a specially-fitted Funktion 1 soundsystem.
With Hogmanay landing on a Saturday this year, you can expect the most momentous Subculture of 2016 to go off in inimitable Sub Club style. Joining Harri & Domenic will be Glasgow’s favourite son, Jackmaster, who after releasing a highly praised DJ Kicks Mix and making his debut cover appearance on Mixmag, will definitely be in celebration mode. He’ll be joined by Gerd Janson, the man behind Running Back, a label responsible for essential releases from Todd Terje, Tiger & Woods and Leon Vynehall. Whether Janson, Jackmaster and Harri & Dom go back to back remains to be seen, but don’t be surprised if this turns into a megamix.
It’s been another triumphant year for The Berkeley Suite, once again standing out from the crowd with some clever bookings and reliable residents. This New Year’s Eve they’ve invited Rex The Dog to bring in the bells; a producer whose analogue electro has been a firm favourite with Michael Mayer’s Kompakt label over the years, as well as the likes of Kitsune and Southern Fried. He’ll be joined by Glaswegian house heroes The Revenge and OOFT!, as well as Berkeley Suite squaddies Loose Joints, Lunacy and The Yellow Door.
If you’re not keen on fist-pumping your way into 2017, Push It, Too NICE and Handpicked have got what you covered, providing a night of bump n’ grind at Stereo. While Push It will be serving a fresh mix of female hip hop & r'nb in the Café Bar and Too NICE have got throwback bangers in the basement, Glasgow’s organic beat label, Handpicked, are hosting The Old Hairdressers all night long, promising a ‘multi-sensory sweatbox’ with live visuals and light installations. Expect some of the label’s finest production talent behind the booth.
NEW YEAR'S DAY:
After another hugely successful year which saw Platform 18 celebrate their third birthday underneath the West St bridges, resident and founder Ivan Kutz moves the party indoors for New Year’s Day at The Depot. Expect 12 hours of top quality house and techno in a genuine warehouse, with the likes of DVS1, Blawan, Slam and Bella Sarris providing the soundtrack. Having made appearances at Pressure, Fuse and The Riverside Festival in 2016, this will also act as a crowning celebration for Kutz, who has made many fans through his effortlessly slick sets.
The Depot on Scotland Street / £35 advance from Resident Advisor (excl fees)
Kerri Chandler is a true house music great. Whether you’re a fan of his early releases on King Street Sounds, the classic 'Rain' on Nervous or you’re into the bumpin’ output of MadTech, you’re in safe hands when Kerri is in the booth. With a discography stretching over 25 years, sets around the world and a keen ear for fresh talent (he was quick to sign Glasgow's own Mia Dora a few years back), Chandler is one of house music's most enduring and relevant names.
The celebrations continue at The Berkeley Suite on New Year’s Day, with French selector and Kill The DJ stalwart, Ivan Smagghe, joined by ‘Balearic Survivor’ and Hardway Bros, Sean Johnston. Both Smagghe and Johnston are veterans of the scene - the former releasing a series of seminal compilations and mixes during the 00s which joined the dots between electro, disco and techno, and the latter DJ’ing since the mid-80s, and now one half of touring club night, A Love From Outer Space, alongside Andrew Weatherall.
Please note that all information is correct at the time of posting, however may be subject to change.