Words & Photo: Colin Brownbill
When winter arrives in Glasgow there are two options: stay in and feel sorry for yourself or go out and make the most of the long, dark nights. If you're reading our guide to some of November's top parties, you'll probably be doing the latter. There's a lot to choose from, so we've picked out a handful of events which have caught our attention and we'll be adding more as they are announced. From an unprecedented appearance from Wiley to the return of Julio Bashmore and Optimo Music's first Glasgow showcase, here are some of the parties to get excited about over the month ahead:
Fresh from their Tuesday night ‘Team Stream’ with Nightwave, Inkke and DJ Double Nugget, Subcity Radio’s Sierra Alliance are set to go ghettotech with a night of rapid beats at The Art School this Friday (4th). At only £5 on the door, this is an invitation to see some of Glasgow’s best-loved selectors push the tempo and do the damage on the cheap. For the unfamiliar, Nightwave runs her own label, Hekatrax, and graduated from the Red Bull Music Academy in 2011, Inkke just released his ‘Secret Palace’ EP on LuckyMe, while Double Nugget has been a regular feature in LuckyMe’s Advent Calendars over the years.
Fri 4th / The Art School / £5 OTD (£4 GSA)
Sat 5th: Supermax Bonfire Night Disco Inferno
There’s only one night that can guarantee you disco satisfaction every month, and that’s Supermax. With long-serving resident, Billy Woods, igniting the Disco Inferno this weekend, you’re likely to hear rarities, classics and future anthems, as he digs deep and produces dancefloor gold. With one of Glasgow’s finest selectors at the helm, coupled with The Berkeley Suite’s satisfyingly-seductive décor, Supermax is arguably the most authentic D.I.S.C.O experience the city has to offer. Arrive early.
Sat 5th / The Berkeley Suite / £8 OTD
Nov 9th: Wiley – The Godfather Tour
No exaggeration needed, this will be a mad ting. The Godfather of Grime, Wiley, brings his aptly titled ‘Godfather Tour’ to Jamaica St for a night of gunfinga-slingin’ chaos in the Sub Club. From his seminal grime rave, ‘Eskimo Dance’, which brought together some of the hottest MCs of the day, to his self-styled genre ‘Eskibeat’ and all-star crew Roll Deep (which has included everyone from Skepta to Dizzee Rascal and Tinchy Stryder), Wiley has taken grime from pirate radio to the festival mainstage. Support on the night comes from some of Glasgow’s finest, with Astral Black, Levels Syndicate and Rapture 4D all in the house.
In addition to the iconic club night are the labels Optimo Music & Optimo Trax. Presided over by JD Twitch, the respective labels have provided a platform for many of Glasgow's most exciting artists, with the likes of Golden Teacher, Mia Dora and Sparky all lighting up the back catalogue. For the label's first showcase in Glasgow however, Twitch is keen to showcase the diversity of the roster, inviting Pussy Mothers, Underspreche and The Golden Filter to perform live at La Cheetah. With links to Australia, America, Italy and Scotland, the one common theme here will be quality, from Pussy Mother’s sleazy, slow-mo disco to The Golden Filter’s electrifying electro.
Nov 18th: Tribal Pulse Presents Boom Merchant
Establishing a techno night in Glasgow and making it a success can be an uphill struggle, but perseverance usually pays off. It’s exactly what Kyle Thompson aka Boom Merchant did when he moved to the city a few years ago, and now he not only runs one of the finest underground parties in Glasgow, he also manages his own label called Tribal Pulse. Having previously hosted the likes of Sandrien and Dave Seaman, Boom Merchant will guide Stereo’s basement for a full four hours by himself on Nov 18th, fresh from playing ADE and with a bag full of pulsing techno.
Nov 19th: SWG3 Presents Julio Bashmore
Following the release of his highly acclaimed debut album ‘Knockin’ Boots’ and singles including the woozy ‘Kong’ and summer sing-along belter ‘Holding On’, Bristol’s Julio Bashmore has returned to ruling dancefloors in 2016, taking in everywhere from Space Ibiza to XOYO and the Croatian festivals. He’s on fine form, and he’s back in Glasgow for a special night at SWG3 on Nov 19th. Furthermore, he’s joined by local favourites Bake and Ryan Martin, the duo behind All Caps – a label which has previously released music by Bashmore under his ‘Ekranoplan’ moniker.
Can it be true? Has it been seven years since Thunder Disco Club launched at the Lite Club in the belly of The Corinthian? For those of you who have been there since the start, it’s certainly been quite a journey; from apocalyptic nights at the Art School to rooftop parties at Sonar and live performances with Todd Terje and Bicep, TDC have kept us dancing – and they’ve done it in inimitable style. To celebrate their 7th birthday they’ve invited London’s ultimate party-starters, Horse Meat Disco to blow out the candles. Expect joyous disco-dynamite all night long.
Nov 26th: Balkanarama Meets Mungo’s Hi Fi
Two Art School titans meet in what is likely to be cross-culture epic. Balkanarama have amassed a loyal following in Glasgow, with their flamboyant Balkan-beat parties featuring everything from gypsy belly-dancing to live visuals and homemade rakija. Mungo’s Hi Fi require little introduction; the internationally renowned collective have taken their soundsystem from Glastonbury to Dimensions this year, winning over festival crowds with roots, dub, reggae and some of the hottest selectors on the planet. The respective crews welcome Bosnia’s mighty Dubioza Kolektiv and prolific vocalist and Mungo’s collaborator Charlie P to the dance. There’s also a free pre-party in the Vic Bar from 6pm.
Please note that events which are already sold out have been omitted, while others will be added to our listings when announced.