Christmas clubbing highlights 2009
It’s comforting to know that even the hard-partying crazies of the Scottish club scene have got one eye on sitting under the tree on Christmas morning. Like Teamy and David Barbarossa of Fun Size (La Cheetah, Glasgow, Thu 24 Dec), for example, who declare for their Christmas Eve bash that they’ll ‘start a bit earlier, at 10, and see how it goes. We’ll be licensed ‘til 4 but chances are we’ll all run home to see what Santa’s brought us earlier than that.’ The guest on the night, at no extra charge, is Optimo’s JG Wilkes – so not too early, we hope.
It just wouldn’t be Christmas without the annual Taste Escape Xmas Party as Fisher & Price supply the underground dance goodness (GRV, Edinburgh, Fri 25 Dec). And anyone whose festive season means hitting the dancefloor will find a few clubs at both ends of the M8 willing to help them out. The List recommends Edinburgh’s The Hive and Glasgow’s Garage for lively, unpretentious fun right through from the Thu 24–Sat 26.
Alternatively, you might just want to sleep off the turkey/nut loaf and save it for Boxing Day, because every club in the land will be roaring back into life then. There’s a choice of two fine nights on Blair Street in Edinburgh, with City Vibes (Cabaret Voltaire, Edinburgh, Sat 26 Dec) offering minimal and tech house from Soma’s Alex Smoke and the collective of Lithuanian DJs who run the night, and Dare! (Cabaret Voltaire’s Speakeasy, Edinburgh, Sat 26 Dec) being the second instalment of Jon Pleased Wimmin’s new monthly residency at the venue.
Also on offer in the capital will be JakN’s Boxing Day bash (GRV, Edinburgh, Sat 26 Dec), where the residents will be playing techno and hip hop, or the first-class house night Playdate (Sneaky Pete’s, Edinburgh, Sat 26 Dec), also a residents’ party this time out. Giving up their traditional Hogmanay slot for the first time in a decade, the Headspin (Bongo Club, Edinburgh, Sat 26 Dec) team play hip hop, funk, house and more, with live percussion and visuals from Foundlight.
Where to start with Glasgow’s array of big post-Christmas nights? How about the Colours Winter Party (Arches, Glasgow, Sat 26 Dec), which will this year feature Armin Van Buuren’s first appearance in this venue for over five years and a host of trance accomplices? Or there’s always Subculture (Sub Club, Glasgow, Sat 26 Dec), this time out with fast-rising Glasgow producer Sei_A playing a guest set, and the currently-travelling, er, circus that is Sunday Circus (SWG3, Glasgow, Sat 26 Dec), here staging a house party in another new venue with guest Ekkohaus (2020Vision) joining residents Ronnie and Affi Koman.
There’s no messing from techno night Men & Machines (Stereo, Glasgow, Sat 26 Dec), who promise us their ‘annual Christmas booze-fest’ at ‘Chrimbo-a-go-go’, with the residents joined by Ewan Chambers and ‘a special mystery guest’. Those with more specialised tastes, meanwhile, might be persuaded by indie-pop night Spit Fire (Blackfriars, Glasgow, Sat 26 Dec) or old school R&B, soul and new jack swing date Groove Theory (Hummingbird, Glasgow, Sat 26 Dec). Or, for those who say the real meaning of Christmas has been forgotten, there’s always Twisted & Brainfire (The Ferry, Glasgow, Sat 26 Dec) – that is if your nativity scene substitutes Three Wise Men and the eastern star for Holland’s Ophidian, Italy’s DJ D and an assault of pure hardstyle and gabba techno.