Numbers 5th Birthday
The Sub Club, Glasgow, Fri 4 Jul; Club 69, Paisley, Sat 12 Jul.
As they say, there’s strength in numbers. After all, there’s a small army of people involved with genre-straddling Glasgow club promoters Numbers, including Richard Chater, Adam Rogers (DJ Goodhand), Jack Revill (Jackmaster), Calum and Neil Morton and members of Marcia Blaine School for Girls. Since the club started life housed in Ad Lib, progressing to the Brunswick’s Hotel’s basement, the Art School and now the Sub Club, all of the characters above have promoted, DJed, designed and run record labels as part of a loosely defined Numbers collective.
‘Everyone brings something new to the table,’ says Chater, ‘and because we rotate the DJs from night to night, we don’t need to repeat ourselves too many times. We have a lot of different inputs there, so we play plenty of techno, hip hop, R&B, electro . . .’ He also enthuses about the fact that Numbers’ roster of past guests includes many of the group’s own heroes, including Modeselektor, Autechre, Squarepusher, Ghostface Killa, Feadz and Dopplereffekt. ‘Of course we only see certain fans at certain nights, but a lot of our crowd have been with us since the start and know to expect an eclectic selection. I think crowds in Glasgow are much more open-minded anyway, because they’re used to places like Optimo.’
These parties will see two more special guests added to that esteemed list, with Glasgow’s Rustie (who has recorded for all three Numbers-affiliated labels, Dress 2 Sweat, Stuffrecords and Wireblock) appearing at the Subbie and a top secret biggie at Paisley’s Numbers-influencing 69. We can’t tell you who they are, but we can tell you they’re great.