A guide to Glasgow club nights
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This article is from 2012.
Big room, big name house and techno events at Glasgow’s most impressive club space, courtesy of Slam Events, the team behind the Slam Tent at T in the Park. Typical guests include the likes of Laurent Garnier and Jeff Mills.
Arches, Glasgow, 565 1000, thearches.co.uk, last Sat of every month
The Arches’ resident mid-week student night, featuring a bouncy castle, swimming pool, hot tub and wedding chapel. The music is a credible selection of party and club tracks, courtesy of Johnny Whoop.
Arches, Glasgow, 565 1000, thearches.co.uk, every Wed
Seminal basement venue the Sub Club’s own mid-weeker, with great taste in contemporary house, electro and bass music from residents Beta and Kappa, and occasional special guests from the emerging local and national scene.
Sub Club, Glasgow, 248 4600, subclub.co.uk, every Tue
For seven years the club with the most claim on being Glasgow’s most essential mid-week student night, residents sets are often augmented by guests such as Joe Goddard (Hot Chip), Drop the Lime, Alex Metric, Shir Khan and others.
Buff Club, Glasgow, 248 1777, thebuffclub.com, every Tue
The best and longest-running indie night in Glasgow, whose legendary nights at the old Art School union would see members of Belle & Sebastian and Franz Ferdinand drop in, as well as people like Jarvis Cocker in the good ol’ days. Still going strong in a new venue.
Admiral Bar Basement, Glasgow, 221 7705, facebook.com/DivineGlasgow, last Sat of every month
There are a few good disco nights in Glasgow, but it’s hard to see past this one as the best. Residents Andrew Pirie and Simon Cordiner play sets that combine the classic and the modern alongside guests such as Danny Krivit, Joe Claussell, Greg Wilson and Nicky Siano.
Admiral Bar Basement, Glasgow, 221 7705, meltingpotglasgow.com, first Sat of every month
It’s an old-stager of the scene now, but having missed their sublime and world-renowned Sunday night collision of post-punk, techno, electro and many more genres besides, Twitch and Wilkes have returned with a showpiece Friday night party every two months, as well as irregular gig and club promotions around the city.
Sub Club, Glasgow, 248 4600, subclub.co.uk, bi-monthly Fri
Nearly every night of the week, esteemed Glasgow indie bar and venue Nice ‘n’ Sleazy (or Sleazy’s) hosts a great underground music night. David Barbarossa’s Tuesday-night job is the pick of the student-friendly, mid-week bunch.
Nice ‘n’ Sleazy, Glasgow, 333 0900, nicensleazy.com, every Tue
Some of the biggest mainstream and indie-friendly student parties in Glasgow are at the ABC, and Saturday is the biggest. Gerry Lyons plays guitar anthems in the main room, with northern soul at Nowt But Northern and garage rock at Picante in the smaller rooms.
ABC, Glasgow, 332 2232, o2abcglasgow.co.uk, every Sat
There’s no denying the fact that the Garage is one of the places a fresher in Glasgow will spend much of their time, and their Tuesday-nighter sums up what they do every night of the year. Cheap drinks, fun party music and gimmicks (in this case, a live video feed) abound. Inevitably rammed.
Garage, Glasgow, 332 1132, garageglasgow.co.uk, every Tue