Sub Club: celebrating 30 years at the forefront of Scotland's club culture
- Arusa Qureshi
- 1 November 2017
We catch up with managing director Mike Grieve and longtime Subbie residents Harri & Domenic to hear more about their extended XXX birthday plans
It won't come as a surprise to anyone to hear that nightlife in the UK is suffering. With clubs closing at an alarming rate and licensing and planning contributing to an increasingly (and impossibly) regulated environment, our night-time industries are under threat. But in Glasgow, in an inconspicuous basement on Jamaica Street, you'll find a club that has not only weathered the test of time but created a legacy that's had a defining impact on Scottish club culture as we know it today.
Sub Club's 30th anniversary is undoubtedly something worth celebrating, not only in the context of this trend of closures but because of its reputation and status within the wider world of electronic music. From legendary nights like Atlantis to the ever-popular and long-running Subculture, the club has a history packed with unforgettable parties, illustrious guest DJs and the best residents around, including Harri & Domenic (James Harrigan and Domenic Cappello) who have been at the helm of Saturday nights at the club for 23 years.
'In the 30 years of its existence, the club has had a fairly significant influence on the music culture of Glasgow and Scotland more generally,' states managing director Mike Grieve. 'The club still being relevant to generations 30 years on is pretty unique. That doesn't tend to happen in many places around the world so I think it's something that the people of Glasgow, the people that have come to the club and the people that have contributed to it over the years, should feel proud of.'
'Culturally, it is important,' Harri adds, 'especially for bringing in DJs from all over the world, which crowds from all over Scotland come to hear.' The Subculture duo have been busy touring Europe in celebration of Sub Club's 30 years, playing everywhere from Serbia's Exit Festival to Jaeger in Oslo. But throughout November, this tour will be coming home to Scotland, taking Harri & Domenic to some of the country's lesser-known venues while extending the spirit of the place beyond Glasgow. 'The tour helps put a little bit of focus on what the club is, letting people outwith Glasgow and across Scotland see that,' Grieve says. 'It's about creating more of an awareness about its longevity, where that comes from and what it's about.'