Preview: La Cheetah Fifth Birthday
The house and techno venue blows out some candles with Matthew Herbet, Levon Vincent and Theo Parrish
‘It's a small space with a big sound system,’ says Graham Ward, La Cheetah events manager and resident DJ (as Wardy, alongside Dom D’Sylva), of the venue’s appeal. ‘The whole club is basically a dancefloor, so folk that come down get right into whatever's happening.’
Five years old this year, La Cheetah has made a name for itself as one of the best clubbing spaces in Glasgow, despite its relatively modest size. Or rather, seeing a big name in a tiny room is part of its appeal: Levon Vincent and Theo Parrish have already joined in the celebrations, and in November, Matthew Herbert completes the trilogy of birthday parties.
‘We have no particular ethos,’ says Ward. ‘I like to be quite open-minded with what goes on in the club, and our promoters come to me with excellent ideas for parties all the time. You can come down one week and see an up and coming underground artist playing and the next week we'll have a well-established act that you wouldn't normally get to see in a venue the size of La Cheetah. It's a pretty mixed bag.’
Herbert will definitely fall into the latter category. ‘He played for us back in January 2012,’ recalls Ward. ‘He's one of the best DJs we've had here and he's not played in Glasgow since, so I thought it was about time we brought him back. He's been releasing more material of late under his house and techno moniker “Herbert” which has been excellent. I'm about as big a Herbert fan as you'll find, so the decision was easy.’
La Cheetah, Glasgow, Fri 14 Nov.