Words & Photo: Alex Caslano
Additional Words: Dylan McPike

Apart from the obvious fun of dressing up, Halloween has become arguably the biggest date on the party calendar, with promoters pulling out all the stops. This year is no different as Glasgow prepares for a five night freak-fest which starts with Claptone's Halloween Masquerade on Thursday and ends with Magic City's Haunted Trap House on Monday. If you're intending on going out all weekend you'll probably look like one of the living dead by the time you emerge on Tuesday....

THURSDAY (27th)

THE HALLOWEEN MASQUERADE WITH CLAPTONE

Claptone’s long-nosed golden mask takes on a rather sinister appearance this Halloween, as he hosts a masquerade party in the Sub Club’s dark and foreboding basement. Inviting attendees to don their own mask of mystery (you can even buy a Claptone replica with your ticket), this will be a night of strange encounters and quality house. The German producer has been behind a stream of exquisite productions on Exploited over the last few years, with standout cuts ‘No Eyes’, ‘Cream’ and his ‘Liquid Spirit’ remix climaxing with debut album ‘Charmer’ in 2015.

Sub Club – Thu 27th - £10/12 advance from Resident Advisor (excl fees).

FRIDAY (28th)

PRESSURE HALLOWEEN SPECIAL

After a strong start to their season with explosive sets from AnD and Dave Clarke, Pressure are continuing to provide the strong techno line-ups they’re known for with their Halloween Special. The multi-talented Berghain favourite Marcel Fengler will join one of techno’s true legends, Surgeon, who is performing a rare live modular set in SWG3’s main room. Chicago house innovator DJ Sneak and Glasgow favourite George Fitzgerald also feature on the line-up, and if that wasn’t enough the night is also the official launch party for Slam’s new album ‘Machine Cut Noise’, out on the same day through Soma Records. If last year’s Halloween party is anything to go on (where Slam’s Stuart and Peter Van Hoesen donned boiler suits and masks), the cavernous main room of SWG3 should once again become a chamber of dark, atmospheric techno, filled to capacity with cult techno ravers.

SWG3 – Fri 28th – £20/22 advance from Resident Advisor (excl fees).

SATURDAY (29th)

SENSU TERROR VISION: MIND AGAINST / DEETRON

Sensu win the prize for best Halloween poster this year, adopting the cover of a battered VHS tape to depict their ‘Terror Vision’ party as a classic 80’s horror film. After hosting Maceo Plex last year, Sensu return to The Art School with another blood-curdling line-up, with Swiss house sensation, Deetron, featuring alongside Life & Death favourites, Mind Against. The sound of brooding techno will be specially fitting for the occasion, and with full props, production and lighting provided by some of Glasgow’s finest visual artists, this is likely to be another hair-raising experience.

The Art School – Sat 29th - £15 advance from Resident Advisor (excl fees).

HOT SINCE 82 – KNEE DEEP IN GLASGOW

Presented by ‘The Evil Frog’, ‘Thunder Demon Club’ and ‘Stay Flesh’, globe-trotting tech house star, Hot Since 82, brings his burgeoning ‘Knee Deep In…’ party to Glasgow with a horrifying line-up. Since exploding onto the scene in 2012, Daley Padley has continued to dominate the darker side of modern house, releasing on labels ranging from Moda Black to Truesoul and of course his own imprint, Knee Deep In Sound. Taking over three rooms at SWG3 this Halloween, he’ll be joined by Kompakt boss, Michael Mayer, as well as legendary New York DJ, Francois K (who started his career at Studio 54 and The Paradise Garage). Bicep’s Hammer is also along for the ride.

SWG3 – Sat 29th – £19 advance from Ticket Tailor (excl fees).

TREEHOUSE 009: KEVIN MCKAY AND ILLYUS & BARRIENTOS

Treehouse have been behind a smattering of intimate events over the last two years, utilising secret locations to host special parties focused on house, techno, disco and garage. For the ninth installment they’ll be descending on the much-hyped, but still relatively unknown Indigo Club, where they will be joined by world-renowned, home-grown label, Glasgow Underground. Founded by Kevin McKay some 20 years ago, the back-catalogue features everyone from Romanthony to Mia Dora and Camelphat, not to mention Radio 1 favourites and local lads, Illyus & Barrientos who join Kevin for this Halloween house celebration.

Indigo Club – Sat 29th – £12/15 advance from Resident Advisor (exl fees)

RUMOURS HALLOWEEN SPECIAL WITH EL-B

If you’re keen for some ribcage-rattling bass and stomach-churning rhythms this Halloween, you should make your way to Flat 0/1 where Rumours will be joined by dubstep don, EL-B, for a free party. Lewis ‘El-B’ Beadle began his career in the mid-nineties working alongside Noodles under the alias of Groove Chronicles, creating a slew of soulful UKG anthems that quickly established him at the forefront of UK club music. Many of his early releases have been recognised as the foundation of dubstep, and EL-B (who is behind the aptly titled Ghost Recordings) is quite rightly regarded as a bit of a legend.

Flat 0/1 – Sat 29th – Free Entry

SUNDAY (30th)

VAGUE HALLOWEEN WITH CATZ 'N DOGZ

Taking on a Sunday night at the Sub Club is serious business, but new kids on the block, Vague, are out to make some fresh friends who don’t mind messing up Monday. Having hosted parties with Honey Soundsystem and Todd Terje, Vague returns this Sunday for a Halloween party with Catz ‘N Dogz. The Polish duo behind Pets Recordings have become one of the hottest tickets in house over the last few years; their productions boasting infectious hooks, quirky samples and some sublime synth work. Their 2015 album ‘Basic Colour Theory’ featured high in numerous end of year lists, with nostalgic, 80s-tinged disco stitting alongside jacking jams with Green Velvet. The Subby basement is going to get hellishly hot.

Win tickets to this event via our Vague Halloween competition.

Sub Club - Sun 20th - £8 advance from Resident Advisor (excl fees).

ITALOWEEN!

‘The hottest Halloween party North of Napoli’ says the event invite, and judging by the local line-up of demonic DJs, we’re inclined to believe them. Dishing out an unholy dose of disco, Italo and funk at The Berkeley Suite, you’ll find HI-NRG henchmen Den Haan, who have been injecting Glasgow with dancefloor delirium for over a decade; Subcity regular and master of devilishly obscure aural delights, Hush, as well as cosmic party troupe, Intergalactic Funk Smugglers, who have travelled a long way to bring you party-starting belters from across the galaxy. It may be Halloween, but this night is destined to get you grinning.

The Berkeley Suite – Sun 30th – £5 before midnight (more after)

MONDAY (31st)

MAGIC CITY – THE HAUNTED TRAP HOUSE

At only two parties deep, gold-gleaming hip hop night Magic City can already boast a full and fun dancefloor. For their third outing, the crew will once again return to The Berkeley Suite's basement, and with the furnishings reminiscent of Twin Peaks, it’s bound to get seriously freaky. Selecting tunes on the night will be LuckyMe's crunk-funk bossman, S-Type, as well as local favourites Greenman, Keoma and Mully Kush, who will be serving up rap, trap, RnB and dancehall. Expect a special audio/visual installation to complete the experience. Prizes will also be dished out for best dressed, worst dressed and best hip hop costume. Check out our Magic City Freshers Focus feature here.

The Berkeley Suite – Mon 31st - £5/8 advance from Eventcube or £9 OTD.

DONT DROP HALLOWEEN W/ SCUBA + MONOLOC

Descending into the murky depths of the Sub Club for a full six hours, burgeoning party collective, Dont Drop, will host an exclusive appearance from Hotflush head-honch, Paul Rose aka Scuba. Having steadily risen to the forefront of UK techno, Scuba has been responsible for some seriously outstanding releases, including 2012’s spine-tingling album ‘Personality’ which featured the inescapable ‘Adrenalin’. Joining him will be Berlin producer Monoloc, whose recent releases on Soma and Hotflush have taken him into dark, disturbing territory.

Sub Club – Mon 31st - £10/12 advance from Ticket Tailor.

All details up to date at the time of posting. We will be updating this feature as more events are announced. If you'd like to submit an event for consideration please contact info@synthglasgow.com with 'Halloween Guide' as the subject.