Hogmanay 2008 - Clubbing

Hogmanay 2008 - Clubbing

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David Pollock and Henry Northmore take you through the Hogmanay dancefloor action in Glasgow and Edinburgh and suggest where to get the party started

‘It’s on’ is the simple motto which Glasgow überclub Optimo are using to promote their famous Hogmanay special – it’s at the Fruitmarket again, and will see Twitch and Wilkes joined by Glasgow Italo-punks Den Haan and laptop-wielding Parisian show-offs, Nôze. Meanwhile, Optimo’s old New Year stomping ground will be trying something new this year, with the Art School New Year’s Eve Party in association with Mixed Bizness (featuring Fancy & Spook and Sleepless Crew) and Divine (with guest DJ Chris ‘Beans’ Geddes of Belle and Sebastian).

The massive Sub Club Grand NYE will be spread over three floors of the Sub Club and Classic Grand (hence the name), and will feature the talents of Steve Bug, Andrew Weatherall, Prins Thomas, Subculture’s Harri and Domenic, and more. Over at the ABC, their Hogmanay Extravaganza sees performances from Dananananakyroyd and We Were Promised Jetpacks, followed by sets from the ABC’s resident DJs. Elsewhere, the Melting Pot NYE Party at the Admiral brings us Jiscomusic’s Mark E and Deportivo Street Team in a disco house style, while the Flying Duck club will be hosting the Pinup Nights Hogmanay Ball, with an indie-centric line-up which includes DJs from Mogwai, The Twilight Sad and Errors, and an array of live bands.

There’s more indie shenanigans with DJ sets from Snow Patrol and Belle & Sebastian at the Byblos New Year’s Eve Spectacular alongside house from Suzee X and Jason Bye. The Woodside Social Club will count down to ‘09 with a Superfly Motown special, and the Soundhaus present their Hogmanay Hoot, featuring guest spots from just about everyone who runs a club at the venue, whilst superclub venue The Arches hosts the hard house sounds of Inside Out, featuring an array of guests including Agnelli & Nelson, Sean Tyas and Solarstone.

Over in Edinburgh another institution is hosting their famous Hogmanay party as Vegas! once again take over Ocean Terminal cramming it with big band, swing and burlesque goodness for their Grand Hogmanay Ball. It is always a sell out, so remember to get your tickets early.

As you’d expect, Cabaret Voltaire are keeping it cool and classy with Edinburgh’s Hogmanay Official Aftershow featuring a DJ set from electro boffins Hot Chip (fresh from a set on the West End stage on Princes Street) alongside breaks, house and beyond from the Sugarbeat, Ultragroove and Shoot the Pump regulars.

For house heads, go for Stereotype’s New Year’s Eve at the Liquid Rooms, showcasing the best Edinburgh has to offer; Strictly Frisky & Pukka Up join forces at Why Not?, Tokyoblu do their thing at Medina and for harder sounds try the Boombox NYE Party at Luna with Mark Sherry and Mallorca Lee.

For something a bit different, Studio 24 has a night of rock and metal on the cards with Retribution Headspin mashing together every great genre you can think of at the Bongo, while jazz and world beats collide at the Departure Lounge Hogmanay Special (The Caves) joined by special guests Orkestra del Sol, Gecko 3 and Mungo’s Hi-Fi, featuring MC Soom T. But for some credit-crunch-busting Hogmanay kicks there’s breaks, drum & bass, hip hop and funk for just a fiver at City Cafe New Year’s Eve or The Motherfunk Hogmanay Party at Voodoo Rooms and their hot funk and soul selection for an entry fee of absolutely nada.


John Hutchison and Iain Gibson dish out the best in Chicago house, funky electro and disco. Fri 23 Sep: A massive 9th birthday party with the Tokyoblu DJs, Gabriel Kemp (Animal Hospital), Niall & Dennis McKervey, Little Grooves (We Play House), Sounds of Soul (Ladies on Rotation), Soul Jam Hot, Brian & Lee…

Superfly Hogmanay Party

Superfly celebrates 50 years of Motown (Jan 1959 - Jan 2009) with a Hogmanay Motown countdown to 2009. Duncan Superfly will be joined on the Decks for the occasion by former Superfly resident DJ, Iain Lamarra.

Mixed Bizness

Cutting edge underground beats and classic dancefloor gems from resident Boom Monk Ben and rotating residents.

Stereotype New Years Eve

Hogmanay special celebrating the best house talent in the Capital with sets from Ryan Ellis, Ricky Palys, Ryan Turner, Blair Harrower, Ewan Smith, Rab Clarke, Mick McNeil and, of course, Stereotype head honcho Huggy. While festival sensation Silent Disco will be hosting the heated terrace.

Departure Lounge Hogmanay Bash

Another full blown world music jazz party as DL take over the Caves for another Hogmanay with live music from Orkestra del Sol, Soul Foundation and Edinburgh Samba School featuring MC Concious Route not forgetting DJ sets form Astroboy, Jiminez, Mr Zimbabwe and DJ Wastepicker. This is also the last Departure Lounge so…

Friday Street New Year's Eve Mod Party

Scotland's premier mod club's annual NYE bash. Residents Mikey and Paul are joined on the decks by Michael Higgins.

Optimo Hogmanay

JD Twitch and JG Wilkes host their annual extravaganza with 12th Isle DJs, General Ludd and Laps.

Vegas! Grand Hogmanay Ball

The Vegas team return to host another Hogmanay party. Expect showgirls, big band tunes, swing, easy listening, cabaret and burlesque featuring all the usual glamorous shenanigans.

ABC Hogmanay Party

An indie Hogmanay extravaganza over two floors, featuring live sets from We Were Promised Jetpacks and Dananananaykroyd and regular ABC DJs.

Tokyoblu New Year

Tokyoblu celebrate the New Year with disco funk, vocal house, Chicago grooves, anthems and Latin rhythms from the Tokyoblu live band and guests as they take over Medina and Negotiants upstairs.

The Edinburgh Hogmanay Afterparty

Musika once again present the aftershow with help from a few of their friends as Ultragroove and WeOwn bring the house. Plus a special guests Patrick Topping (Hot Creations) and Harri (Subculture).

City Cafe New Year's Eve

Two floors of breaks, house, drum & bass, hip hop, funk and disco from some of Edinburgh's best loved DJs Believe, G-Mac, Dava and Codenine.

Strictly Frisky Hogmanay

Glam house night for Hogmanay as Strictly Frisky take over Why Not?.

Retribution and The Go-Go Hogmanay

A night of full on rock, metal and punk for Hogmanay with trapeze artists, fire shows, Metallica tribute act Mentallica and more. Plus retro, garage and 60s psyche from the Go-Go upstairs.

Pinup Nights Hogmanay Ball

Five years old and ready for its first Hogmanay special, Pinups promises DJ sets from Mogwai, Errors and The Twilight Sad, and live turns from Pop Up, Ming Ming and the Ching Chings and Pooch.

Sub Club NYE

Celebrate the year and look forward to the one ahead by dancing together under that low ceiling with the maestros Harri & Domenic at the controls all night long.

Art School New Year's Eve Party

In association with GSA regulars Mixed Bizness and Divine, this year's edition will feature live sets from Fancy & Spook and Sleepless Crew, with DJs Boom Monk Ben, A La Fu, Andrew Divine and Chris 'Beans' Geddes.

Soundhaus Hogmanay Hoot

A monster residents' night to see out the year, with regular DJs from Monox, Discoflex, Pussypower, Footwork, Rectify, Inner City Acid, Animal Farm, Off the Record, Confusion, the Basement, Shift, Symbiosis, Woofer Pitch and Cortex.

Inside Out Hogmanay Party

Hard house, trance and beyond as Inside Out present Agnelli & Nelson, Sean Tyas, Solarstone, Mark Sherry, Zany Kutski, Brennan Heart, Kamui, Vandall, Alan Belshaw, William Daniel and Danny Smith.

Byblos New Year's Eve Spectacular

Mixing indie with house with DJ sets from Tom and Gary (Snow Patrol) and a Belle & Sebastian DJ set featuring Richard Colburn, plus dance beats from Jason Bye (We Love Space, Ibiza) and Suzze X (Garlands).