Halloween Special - Halloween clubbing


Blood on the dancefloor

Henry Northmore digs out the fright mask and hits the dancefloor

First up, annual Optimo (Espookio), one of Glasgow’s most enduring terror-filled dress-up nights, which is appearing on both coasts this month, commandeering Cabaret Voltaire for its first Edinburgh fright fest (Cabaret Voltaire, Edinburgh, Sat 25 Oct and the Sub Club, Glasgow, Sun 26 Oct). Never shy when it comes to dressing up, the Central Belt’s burlesque nights are relishing the Samhuinn festivities. Scotland’s biggest cabaret night Club Noir weighs in with its Nightmare (Carling Academy, Glasgow, 25 Oct), while Glasgow’s newest burlesque night brings us the scary Cheesecake: Night of the Living Tease (Capitol, Glasgow, 31 Oct).

More leftfield offerings are on the cards as punk club Fast (Bongo Club, Edinburgh, 31 Oct) has, appropriately enough, secured the live talents of Fangs for its Halloween shindig. Meanwhile Croc Monsieur vs Croc Madame (Flying Duck, Glasgow, 30 Oct) features live sets from Gay Against You, Babyshaker and Raxyor, cardboard sets and a ‘loose, half All Saints Day, half Halloween theme’ plus new indie, new wave, psyche rock. Meanwhile, soul night Sonic Arcade (from the folks who brought us Superfly) continues with a Halloween date (Woodside Social, Glasgow, 31 Oct), while Edinburgh’s Studio 24 hosts two nights. JakN (31 Oct) and under 18s rock night Sanctuary (1 Nov), while over 18s night Retribution takes the form of a monster’s ball (1 Nov). At Byblos, Lost Prophets put in a DJ set (30 Oct) and Sloveinian techno act Umek guest at Hell (31 Oct).

Back in Glasgow, check out Inside Out (Arches, Glasgow, 25 Oct) with Super8 & Tab, Marcus Schossow and Kamui. Or get yourself along to Back to the Future (Carling Academy, Glasgow, 31 Oct) and Boombox presents BooBox (Luna, Edinburgh, 31 Oct) with special guest Richard Durand.


Retribution takes the place of the Mission but still plays the best in rock, metal, alternative and tracks from the dark side all night long.

Inside Out

Banging house, techno and trance from the long-serving club night, now no longer monthly.

Croc vs Croc

The purveyors of 'madness, live DIY bands, performance art and mess' return.

Sonic Arcade

Residents Ian (Monorail), Gregor (Audio Icecream) and Duncan (Superfly) provide a sweltering sonic output ranging from rare grooves to garage rock at this new monthly night.

Club Noir: Nightmare

It's Hallowe'en, and the theme should be self-explanatory for this latest edition of Scotland's biggest burlesque club. Dressing up is positively encouraged, remember.

Cheesecake - Night of the Living Tease

Trick or tease? It's time to get your Halloween frocks on and join some of Scotland's best new burlesque performers. Feast your eery eyes on this!


High energy techno, electro, trance, hard house and beyond.