Sunday afternoons can be horrible, boring ordeals, as, once the papers are read and the kids' telly has finished, there is precious little to do all day. The Sunday Social, brought to you by the good folk at The Arches, looks set to solve the problem in one fell swoop. lack Mottram investigates.
'w‘ «a. -.‘ ’2. What's it all about then? On the first Sunday of the month, from 3pm ’til 11pm, The Arches is transformed into a softly lit comfort zone, designed for chatting, grabbing a bite to eat and catching a wide range of arts-based business.
'Arts-based business' - what's that supposed to mean? Well, the first event last month featured a string ensemble, house DJ and live jazz funk, all overlayed with top-notch visuals. Essentially, we're talking a laid-back Exploding Plastic Inevitable for the let century. Or something.
One for the chinstrokers then Not at all. The idea is to recreate the ambience of a Sunday relaxing in your living room. Assuming your living room is a tastefully appointed multimedia gallery, and you have someone on hand to serve up crépes and croissants.
So what's lined up for the next one? Another smorgasboard of quality entertainment, with Ninja Tune stalwarts Cinematic Orchestra as headliners. Live support comes in the form of Invention Ensemble, a ten~piece orchestra, plus relaxed DJ sets courtesy of Shu lliratu and Twitch.
What about the multimedia angle? Give me a chance. Justin Eade (aka Glimpse) is set to provide a reminder of the glorious weather outside with projections centring around the recent Big Chill event in Cairo. There's also a chance to catch some rare and previously unseen promo clips for tracks by the cream of contemporary electronica, including Laurent Garnier, To Rococo Rot and Squarepusher.
Anything else we should know? This certainly isn’t your bog standard club, so it doesn't draw an aver. " crowd. The debut event saw everyt; - "3m toddlers to the aged having a W! .ile of a time,
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GLASGOW FRIDAY: PRE-CLUB continued
I Paul Cawley at Air Organic. 9pm—midnight. Free. Weekly. In addition to running Soma’s breakbeat sister labels Fenetik and Psy Phi, Paul Cawley warms up for the weekend with brand new breaks, hip hop and drum & bass.
I The Pleasure Lounge at Ad Lib. 5—9pm. Free. Weekly. Something of a pre pre-club this, for those who get tipsy at tea time, with Special Favours resident DJ Mingo-go spinning the usual eclectic selection, from lush pop to electro via ‘phuturistic sleaze’.
I Radar at The Cross Bar. 8pm—midnight. Free. Weekly. Wiggy selection of esoteric dub and progressive techno.
I Russell's at Russell’s. 6pm—midnight. Free. Weekly. DJ Yaw kicks out the best R&B, hip hop and swingbeat.
I Soaterama at Nice ‘n’ Sleazy (ground floor). 8pm—midnight. Free. Weekly. An across-the-board blend with an emphasis on the unexpected, from punk to drum & bass.
I Stateside Sounds at The State Bar. 4—7pm. Free. Weekly. Paul Shields selects alt. country favourites, rock classics and blues cuts.
I Syntax at Bar Jedi. 9pm-midnight. Free. Weekly. Nik Craig of Syntax is joined by DJ Trace (Maddog) for a night of chilled-out electro, ﬁlter-heavy disco and techy house.
I The Ark at The Tunnel. 10.30pm—3am. £7 (£5). Weekly. The mighty triumvirate of Scott Mackay, Michael Kilkie and Zammo keep the crowd on their toes with top quality hard house, while Simon Foy kicks out smooth vocal house and garage in the back room.
I Big Daddy at The 13th Note Club. 9pm—3am. £4 (£3). Weekly. Funk and jazz from Graham and Daniel, except they call it buttcrack beats, ring-stinging funk and Nagasaki noodlings. Quite.
I Blowfly Disco at Glasgow School of Art. 10pm—3am. £4 (£3). 26 May. Chris and Dan of Bughouse fame play, alternately, ‘low-slung funk’ and ‘electro- pop’. Make of that what you will.
I Buddasole at Club Budda.
l 1pm—3am. £5. Weekly. Solemusic head honcho Stevie Middleton with seriously high calibre soulful house and garage. For music lovers.
I Bump 'n' Hustle at Babaza. 6pm—3am (DJs from 11pm). Free before 11pm; £5 after. Weekly. Paul Traynor and Jamie Strang ofArchaos fame with fine and funky R&B cuts, hip hop and some classic soul and funk thrown in to keep the capacity crowd going. Arrive early to avoid disappointment, as this is one of the busiest regular Fri nighters around. I Caliente! at Havana. 6pm—3am. Free. Weekly. Loco Latin action from the Salsa Sabrosa crew from 6pm through to the wee small hours.
I The Cathouse at The Cathouse. 10.30pm—3am. £4 (£3); £1 before 11pm. Weekly. Rock, grunge, indie and a dash of breakbeat across three floors at Glasgow’s top venue for rockers and alternateens.
I Electric Bogie at Planet Peach. 11pm—3am. £7. 26 May only. Residents the Jengaheads are joined by representatives of Edinburgh’s Manga in the form of DJ G-Mac and MC A], for a night fusing the styles of the two clubs. Expect a blend of nu-school breaks, electro and, of course, drum & bass.
I Ethos at Q. 10pm-3am. Free before 11pm; £5 after. Weekly. An upbeat take on vocal house and garage from Geoff Montford.
I EuPhonic at The Temple.
1 1pm—3.3()am. £6 (£4). Weekly. Trevor Reilly, Billy MacAtee and Paul Mendez spin trance and hard house with a funky edge to a packed-out club of up-for-it kids.
I G 'n' D a! .\rchaos. 11pm—3am. £5 (£4). Weekly. Dress smart and prepare to party in the main room with Ryan Kerr and David Gilmore spinning dance classics, garage and house from the
commercial end of the spectrum. Betty’s features Ian Thompson with dance classics across the genres, while Paul Traynor provides a collection of R&B, hip hop and soul cuts in the exclusive Skyban
I Global at Universe (Coatbridge). 11pm—2.45am. £5. Weekly. Tunnel types Kevin MacFarlane and Stephen Lee spinning garage, vocal house and anthems.
I Goodfoot at The Bedsit. lOpm—Zam. £5. 2 Jun. Fortnightly. Peerless Northern action from Scott Brown and the lads, featuring stomping classics, rarities and the occasional funk-ﬂavoured cut. Continue your obsession with wilfully obscure soul sounds, or find out exactly why old blokes from Stockport will re- mortgage their homes to purchase a 7in sin le.
I ood Friday at Slave. 10pm—3am. £5 (£3). Weekly. Lovejoy and Robin with bouncing cuts ranging from vocal to hard house.
I Life at Life. 10pm—3am. £5. Weekly. Stuart McCallum mans the decks with a funk and soul selection.
I Midi Hi-Fi at Glasgow School of Art. 10pm—3am. £4. 2 Jun. Monthly. Hooray for Hi-Fi. Resident Krash Slaughta is joined tonight by big-beat genius turned house hero Jon Carter.
I Mystec at Rocksy’s Basement. Next date 16 Jun.
I Polo Lounge at The Polo Lounge. 11pm—3am. £5. Weekly. Michelle provides a loose mix of house and indie classics downstairs, while Andy rocks the Trophy Room with 80s and 90s hits at this gay venue.
I Pressure at The Arches. 10pm—3am. £10. 26 May. Monthly. Once again, Pressure is unmissable. This time, there’s Luke Slater playing a full live set, plus turns from Swedish techno overlord Cari Lekebusch and David Alvarado. Last, but by no means least, DJ Rolando, part of the mind-bogglineg superb Underground Resistance techno crew/terrorist organisation, joins Stuart and Orde for a rare appearance on these shores.
I Psy Phi at Planet Peach. 11pm—3am. £5. 9 Jun only. One of Glasgow’s ﬁnest breaks ‘n’ beats nights welcomes a genuine legend in the form of Giles Peterson for some jazzed-up action. According to the Sub gang. this one is set to be a bit special, so get down early to guarantee entry.
I Radar at Glasgow School ofArt. Next date 9 Jun.
I Reds at Reds. 11pm—3am. £6 (£5). Weekly. Club classics and house sounds from Alan Ronald.
I Relief at The Arches. 11pm—3am. £8 (£6). Weekly. After a flurry of quality guests, the Relief crew return to showcasing their own considerable talents, although Sneak fans will be glad to hear the big man plans to return in the near future.
I Salsa Sabrosa at Strathclydc University Student Union. 9.3(lpm—3am. £4 (£3). Weekly. Keith, Alexis and Geo D with the best in merenguc, salsa and all things Latin. Entry includes dance classes at the start of the night.
I Soulsa at Ad Lib. 9pm—3am. £3. Weekly. Smooth disco courtesy of Andy Unger, Rodger, Pete Murphy and Wayne Dixon, who are keen to show that disco doesn’t just mean Daft Punk and their filter-happy peers, preferring instead the genuine classics the revivalists sample and, well, rip off.
I Syntax at 01. Next date 16 Jun.
I Tangent at Alaska. 11pm-3am. £5. Weekly. The Tangent duo ofA-Man and Panic have settled in at Alaska nicely with their blend of funky. functional house.
I Tentra at Trash. lOpm—3am. £5. Weekly. A brand new Fri night, with suitably bangin’ tunes.
I Test at Planet Peach. 11pm—3am. £8. 2 Jun. The international techno gang return with the usual blend of down and dirty European sounds: that’s Dave Tarrida back from Barcelona, local stalwart Shandy and Test favourite Mad Max, who resides at Berlin’s renowned Tresor.
I Velvet Rooms at The Velvet Rooms. 10pm—3am. £7 (£5). Weekly. John Lyons with smooth R&B downstairs, plus Raymond Darvon spinning club classics upstairs.
I Yang at Yang. 11pm—3am. Free before midnight; £5 after. Weekly. Dema and Nice, core members of the super~skilled Freek Mcnoovers crew, rock the bar with tumtablist hip hop while Kushi provides dee house beats in the back room.
I film Yum at The 13th Note Club (basement). 9pm-3am. Free before 11pm; £5 after. Weekly. Latin grooves, jazz, hip hop and the like predominate, but pretty much anything goes, including wiggy projection action from Ray Suzuki
Chart & party
I Glamorama at The Apartment. 11pm—3am. £8. Weekly. Good time club selections from party king Jim Da Best. I Carwash at g2. 11pm-3am. £3 (£2). Weekly. A night of disco, funk and soul classics, courtesy of The Garage’s Jerry Lyons.
I Cheesy Pop at Qudos (QMU). 10pm—2am. £3 (£2) — students and up to four guests. Weekly. Seven years on and rampant hordes of mucky-minded, vodka- fuelled urchins still flock to hear DJ Toast’s Edam selection. A riotous evening, with the emphasis on pure unashamed fun.
I Crash at The Shed. 10pm—3am. £4 (£3). Weekly. Dave Ross rocking the Southside sister club to The Garage with student-friendly kitsch and chart faves. I Envy at Destiny. 10pm—3am. £5 before 11pm; £6 after. Weekly. Throbbing house action at the city centre megavenue. Wear nice shoes.
I Love Bug at The Garage. 10.30pm—3am. £4 (£3). Weekly. Insanely busy night of party tunes for students and youngsters.
I Shag at Fury Murry’s. 11pm—3.15am. £5 (£3). Weekly. Drunken party tunes from Mark and James G.
I Strawberry Fields at Strawberry Fields. 9pm—3am. £6 before 11pm; £7 after. Weekly. A party-up set taking in danceﬂoor faves from the 605 to the present day.
I Budda at Bar Budda. 8pm—midnight. Free. Weekly. Stevie Middleton of Solemusic with deep house and garage. I Bughouse at Bar Jedi. 9pm—midnight. Chris and Dan bring the finest in house to the out-of-the-way bar.
I Cross Wired at The Cross Bar. 8pm—midnight. Free. Weekly. House and techno with a seriously funky feel.
I Cul De Sac at The Cu] De Sac. 9pm—midnight. Free. Weekly. Jim Hutchison from Soma with funked-up techno and deep house.
I Dirty Wriggles at The Variety Bar. 9pm—midnight. Free. Weekly. The crew behind the Mystec events liven up Sat night with a techno ‘n’ electro pre-club set.
I Fourward Thinking at Four Cafe Bar (CCA). 9pm—midnight. Free. Weekly. New pre-club with an emphasis on breaks and beats.
I Bar 10 at Bar 10. 7pm—3am. Free. Weekly. Soul, R&B and hip hop at the city centre bar.
I Kenny H at Russell’s Cafe Bar. 9pm—midnight. Free. Weekly. Funky house, with a smattering of soul.
I Nomad at Nomad. 7.30pm-midnight. Free. Weekly. Enjoy some quality house from Kris Keegan, lan Thompson and A.J. Plus you can capture those cheeky grins with the free camera hire offer.
I Pussypower at Scaramouche Bar. 9.30pm-midnight. Free. Weekly. The Pussypower phenomenon continues with their inimitable blend of house and techno.
I Salsa Dura at McChuill’s. 9pm—Iam. Free. 10 Jun. Monthly. More hard Latin partying action from the Salsa Sabrosa
I Sam Wallace at Eat Drink Man Woman. 8pm—midnight. Free. Weekly.