Slam, Adam Beyer and Surgeon to appear at Electric Frog Warehouse Party
Promoter Brian Traynor also discusses the return of the Easter Weekender and Wee Chill in 2013
Glasgow’s more tasteful clubbers might have been forgiven for thinking that two of the finest events in the city had gone down the tubes this year. With everyone wary of the uphill financial struggle which pervades putting on a club these days, the non-appearance of either the Wee Chill or Electric Frog seemed to suggest they’d both come to an enforced premature end. Not so, says Brian Traynor, promoter of both.
‘They’ll both be back next year,’ he says confidently, referring to both the Wee Chill and the full-blown, multi-stage Electric Frog weekender, ‘but they’ll both be outside Glasgow city centre. Trying to get a proper outdoor entertainment license in Glasgow is just becoming more and more difficult.’ He’s certainly no fan of an application system which apparently doesn’t grant permission or otherwise until long after DJs have to be booked and paid for. He has venues in mind for the revival of both, with Easter weekend 2013 a target date for Electric Frog’s full return, but can’t divulge any more info at present.
In the meantime, fans of the Frog will be thrilled to note its return to SWG3 in scaled down indoor club form, with big-name guest DJs in the main room and local talent playing the Jim Lambie-designed Poetry Room downstairs. This first date has been prepared in conjunction with Glasgow duo Slam, who will be appearing alongside the city’s own Animal Farm and big techno guests Adam Beyer and Surgeon. ‘We’re going to do this monthly until Christmas and see how it goes,’ says Traynor. ‘We haven’t confirmed the other dates yet, but we’d love to get guys like Optimo and Synergy Concerts involved in helping program DJs and bands again.’
SWG3, Glasgow, Sat 22 Sep.