Glasgow psych-rock night Eyes Wide Open set for successful 2011

Sixth year strong for freakbeat night at Blackfriars

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Glasgow psych-rock night Eyes Wide Open set for successful 2011

‘This night will be our New Year celebration take two,’ says Holly Calder, promoter of Glasgow psych-rock-freakbeat night Eyes Wide Open. ‘Our friends are going to be scattered around all over at Hogmanay, so this will be a nice way to bring everyone back together. People will have spent a week at home, they’ll be going a bit stir crazy and getting ready to party.’

Having just celebrated their sixth birthday in December, Eyes Wide Open are now solidly established on the Glasgow scene as a club with a youthful outlook and an expansive, enthusiast’s take on classic styles. Usually the night involves a live guest, but Calder’s hedging her bets a little on the year’s first night by just presenting a pair of guest DJs. ‘We’ve got Jennifer Dishington,’ she says, ‘who’s involved in a pre-club night called Grow Your Own, which is at Black Sparrow and plays the same kind of psychedelic music we do. A guy called Aitor Ciarsolo from Get the Records On at the Art School will also be here, he’s relatively new to DJing too, but he’s got some great garage records. They’re both up and coming local talents, basically.’

After this low-key opener, the next year is set to get very busy for EWO. They’re planning on starting a label in association with Starla Records, which will release records by friends of the club Teaspoon and The Fast Camels, and then their first weekender is planned for October. ‘Kind of like Glasgow’s Mod Weekender,’ says Calder, ‘but also inspired by a few of the events we’ve DJed at in Europe, and aimed at a slightly younger crowd.’

Blackfriars, Glasgow, Fri 7 Jan

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