The best Halloween music and club events in Edinburgh and Glasgow

  • The List
  • 29 October 2010
The best Hallowe'en music and club events in Edinburgh and Glasgow

Marcel Woods


There’s blood on the dancefloor as Halloween takes over clubland. First up, Hung Up! host the annual Optimo (Espookio) as Glasgow’s weirdest Halloween party rises from the grave (The Sub Club, Sun 31 Oct). And if there’s dressing up on the cards, Scotland’s biggest cabaret night Club Noir (O2 Academy, Sat 30 Oct) will be there with bells on, featuring Frankenstina, Medusa, Ghost and Vanity Kills among their frightful delights.

The Arches hosts two big Halloween parties with hard trance from unhinged genius Marcel Woods at the Inside Out Spooktacular (Sat 30 Oct) and Colours open up on Sunday especially for their Halloween Party with Dutch DJ Sidney Samson (Sun 31 Oct). Indie staple Pin Up Nights transforms into Pin Up Frights (Flying Duck, Fri 29 Oct) for live music from PopUp, Endor and Social Services; La Roche Rumba take over the Queen’s Park Glasshouse for their Halloween Guise (Sat 30 Oct) of funk, soul, electro and new wave; Fortified (Glasgow School of Art, Fri 29 Oct) combine their Halloween party with their fourth birthday for a night of demonic dubstep from Oneman, Ben UFO, Elijah and Skilliam while Technofest becomes Terrorfest (Universal, Glasgow, Sat 30 Oct) for a night of fancy dress, creepy visuals and deep house from Silicone Soul, all raising funds for Cancer Research UK.

Over in Edinburgh She-Bang Rave Unit (Wee Red Bar, Fri 29 Oct) don’t care about seamless mixing, it’s all about the tunes. For their rather special Halloween date they’ve resurrected Tokyo Bitches and the delectable Ms Penny Pornstar. There’s even more madness as Confusion is Sex throw open the doors to their Insane Asylum (Bongo Club, Fri 29 Oct) featuring gory burlesque, glitchy techno and the Freaky Brides. JakN team up with Electrikal (The GRV, Sat 30 Oct) for a terrifying techno party; house night Karnival embrace the horror (Cabaret Voltaire, Sat 30 Oct); Killer Kitsch go all out with a guest DJ set from Simian Mobile Disco (Cabaret Voltaire, Sun 31 Oct) while goth rock night The Mission (Studio 24, 30 Oct) would never miss out with a Trailer Park of terror at their Halloween ball. (Henry Northmore)


‘Futuristic cowboy’ fancy dress and music from King Creosote, James Yorkston, Silver Columns and more at this all- dayer Halloween celebration from Fence Records.
Stereo, Glasgow, Sun 31 Oct, 2pm, £25.

For sheer terrifying spectacle there’s nothing better than the annual synth-rock opera performance from members of eagleowl plus guests, creating chilling soundscapes to accompany footage from Italian horror films (Argento, Jodorowsky, Bava et al … )
Sneaky Pete’s, Edinburgh, Sun 31 Oct, 7pm, £5.

Come join the morbid celebrations with live music from Adam Stafford, Nalle and others, or enjoy a talk from sci-fi author Steve Aylett.
The Roxy Art House, Edinburgh, Fri 29–Sun 31 Oct, times and prices vary.

Release your inner beast with metal favourites like Torn Face and Drive by Audio. Half-price entry for those in costume, including entry into their Halloween party afterwards.
Studio 24, Edinburgh, Sat 30 Oct, 7–11pm, £4 (£2 in costume).

Maggie’s Chamber are keeping with the spirit of the occasion and dressing up as CBGBs. Live music comes from tribute acts to The Ramones and The Cramps. There will also be a special CBGBs DJ, which can’t possibly be a bad thing.
Three Sisters, Edinburgh, Fri 29 Oct, 8pm, £6.

Inside Out

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

Nalle, Adam Stafford and Two Wings

Nalle are a psychedelic folk duo, playing guitar and bouzouki. 'Part of Death Weekend'.

Pinup Nights

Glasgow's biggest indie night, with regular local, national and international guest DJs and live bands representing the best of Glasgow's scene.


Forward thinking house night.


Techno past, present and future.


Tribute to New York punks the Ramones.

Our Ladies of Sorrow

Synth-prog opera accompanied by giallo and horror visuals from the pseudo-Italian headliners.

Killer Kitsch

Killer Kitsch returns to Edinburgh as Euan Neilson and David Sinclair import their mix of dance, electro, 80s synth pop, new wave and punk to the Cab.

Club Noir Halloween: The Beautiful and the Damned

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

Fortified 4th Birthday Halloween Ball

A frightening array of fantastic dubstep names at this dual purpose bash, with Oneman (Rinse FM), Ben UFO (Hessle Audio), Elijah & Skilliam (Butterz) and regulars Electric Eliminators and B.A.S.S.

Death Weekend

In a somewhat macabre manoeuvre, the Roxy Art House is giving over the weekend to a celebration of death in all its glorious (artistic, we presume) forms. Featuring live music, literary events, art happenings and cult film showings, the weekend culminates in a zombie party, for which fancy dress is advised-nay, demanded.

Real Dave & The People, Hiva Oa, Port Nawak and The Woo

Dark ambient acoustica. 'Part of Death Weekend'.

Boo Station

Special Halloween installment of live music, art, video, audio and DJ sets from musicians, artists and amateurs. 'Part of Death Weekend'.

Death Weekend Closing Party

Rock'n'roll trash, garage bands, performance, art and B-movie madness promising 'all killer, no 'Thriller'', as the Roxy's weekend of doom comes to a close. Re-enforcements from the Edinburgh Zombie Walk will be arriving from 10pm.

She-Bang Rave Unit preset A Halloween Ball Special

Genre defying tunes from the multi-headed She-Bang Rave Unit, hosting a deliciously deviant Halloween party with house/techno weirdness from The Tokyo Bitches and a 'non-stop erotic strop' with the return of your hostess Miss Penny Pornstar (Radio Babylon).

La Roche Rumba

LRR decamp to the Glasshouse for their Halloween Guise and the usual funked up, down and dirty mixed bag of funk, soul, electro, disco and dubstep with live guests Den Haan and Nevada Base.

Fence Hallowe'en Party

Fence Records' legendary annual dress-up fest comes to Glasgow this year with performances from King Creosote, James Yorkston, Lord Cut-Glass, Silver Columns, James Yuill and Ali Roberts.


Halloween special from Technofest as they welcome the deep house sounds of Silicone Soul alongside visuals, a light show and of course fancy dress is welcome, as per usual in aid of Cancer Research.


Scotland's biggest commercial club night presents an array of massive names.

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