If Divine was a person, it would be a young child. As a club, it's the unparalleled granddaddy of alternative sounds. Jack Mottram asks and answers.
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What's going on? The Art School’s longest running residency, Divine, is celebrating its tenth anniversary this fortnight.
Ten years? Must have gone off the boil ages ago. Not so. Resident disc jockeys Andrew Divine and Hush Puppy are still packing the kids in, and the ageing regulars can't get enough of that crazy Divine sound.
What's their secret? Quite simple,
really. You can‘t hear classic Northern Soul stompers getting busy with top- drawer 605 pop, crazed Hammond action, moogy noodling and wigged-out funk anywhere else.
Northern Soul? Does that mean everyone has a moustache and patches sewn on their coats? Don't be so daft, this isn’t Wigan. The crowd is made up of tipsy students, well turned out mod types and achingly fashionable pop stars. And people in dufer coats. Do they have guests? Not as a matter of course — Messrs. Divine and Puppy spend the daylight hours tracking down exclusive oddities so the playlist stays fresh. Like-minded luminaries occasionally take to the booth, though, including the similarly obsessive St Etienne main man Pete Wiggs and Chris ’Beans’ Geddes of Belle and Sebastian fame. The birthday bash will be a traditional residents night, though. What have they got planned? As ever, there will be a new instalment in the Divine mix tape series, jam packed with floor-fillers from the last decade. Divine is also known for its fetching 60$- inspired flyers, posters and projections, and the gallery room will have a retrospective of tasty graphics from 1990 to last week. There's also going to be bottles of the fizzy stuff knocking about
And what about the next ten years? You’re keen. The excellent chaps at Domino Records have commissioned a Northern Soul album drawing on the best 455 spun at the club and the recently introduced membership scheme continues apace. There's even a range of Divine clothing, just like the super-clubs. Anything else? Get down early, Divine has a bit of a following, and ten years' worth of fans should make for a pretty hefty queue.
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GLASGOW FRIDAYS continued
I The Ark at The Tunnel. 10.30pm—3am. £7 (£5). Weekly. The mighty triumvirate of Scott Maekay, 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 Bughouse at Planet Peach. 11pm—3am. 14 Jul. Monthly. As well as the sterling skills of Dan and Chris, this Sub(stitute) special features a Glasgow debut appearance from Asad Rizvi of The Impossible Beings and regular guest at The End.
I Blowfly Disco at Glasgow School of Art. Next date 21 Jul.
I Buddasole at Club Budda. 11pm—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 Raymond Woods 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 nigltters 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 Ethos at Q. 1()pm—3am. Free before 11pm; £5 after. Weekly. An upbeat take on vocal house and garage from Geoff Montford.
I Electric Bogie at Planet Peach.
1 1pm—3am. £7. 7 Jul only. The electro- funk ﬂagship from the Jengaheads crew continues, with special guests Dan and John Kahuna, the big beat talents behind London club nights The Big Kahuna Burger and Headstart. The last hour of the night will see all four DJs taking alternate turns at the decks, which should make for a mind melting musical experience.
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 at Archaos. 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 lan 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).
l 1pm—2.45am. £5. Weekly. Tunnel types Kevin MacFarlane and Stephen Lee spinning garage, vocal house and anthems.
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. Next date 30 Jul.
I Nils Petter Molvaer at The Old Fruitmarket. 1().3()pm—late. £13. 7 July only. The Jazz Festival’s only excursion into Clubland, featuring Norwegian trumpeter Nils Petter Molvaer, who was behind the acclaimed Khmer album from out-there European jazz label ECM. As Khmer blended jazz with drum & bass, so tonight’s event will explore the common territory between jazz and Clubland. If that’s not enough to tempt you down, Scotland’s own hip hop/d&b
meets jazz experimenters Rarefaction will be supporting, featuring saxman Martin Kershaw and Blacka’nised’s A.J. Nick Peacock will be supplying the jazzed-up vinyl.
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 803 and 90s hits at this gay venue.
I Pressure at The Arches. Next date 22 Jul with Funk D’Void and Gene Farris. I Radar at Glasgow School of Art (upstairs). Next date 21 Jul.
I Reds at Reds. 11pm-3am. £5 (£3.50). Weekly. Club classics and commercial house sounds from Alan Ronald.
I Relief at The Arches. 11pm—3am. £8 (£6). Weekly. Lawrence Hughes and Silicone Soul are manning the fort without the beneﬁt of guests this fortnight, but their sleek house manoeuvres are well worth checking out whether a big name is on hand or not.
I Salsa Sabrosa at Strathclyde University Student Union. 9.30pm—3am. £4 (£3). Weekly. Keith, Alexis and Geo D. with the best in merengue, 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. I Str8 Up at Slave. 10pm—3am. £5 (£3). Weekly. Lovejoy and Robin with bouncing cuts ranging from vocal to hard house.
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 Tantra at Trash. 1()pm—3am. £5. Weekly. A new night featuring pumping house action from The Tunnel’s Colin Tevendale and Lisa Littlewood, with more mellow house and disco action in room two from Grahame and Keith Piper. I Test at The Glasgow School of Art. 10pm—2am. £10. 7 Jul only. The ﬁrst of a series of summer extravaganzas from the Test collective. This one features residents Dave Tarrida, Steve Glencross and Shandy, plus The Hacker and Tresor stalwart Tobias Schmidt live in the main room. The Vic is all set to bounce to hip hop from Belfast scratch heroes Chris Caul and Phil Murray. See panel.
I Velvet Rooms at The Velvet Rooms. 1()pm—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 Freak Menoovers crew. rock the bar with turntablist hip hop while Kushi provides deep house beats in the back room.
I Yum 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. llpm—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). 1()pm—2am. £2 (£1)— 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 Envy at Destiny. 1()pm—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 Pink Cadillac at Betty’s (Arehaos). 11pm—3am. £5 (£3). Weekly. Break out your feather boas, ludicrous flares, platform boots and Afro wigs and groove to classic disco and sexy funk, courtesy of DJ Shaft.
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 danccﬂoor faves from the 60s 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. Free. Weekly. Chris and Dan bring the ﬁnest in house to the out-of-the-way sci- ﬁ themed 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 Cul 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 Kenny H at Russell’s Cafe Bar. 9pm—midnight. Free. Weekly. Funky house, with a smattering of soul.
I Nico's at Nico’s. 9pm-midnight. Free. Weekly. Gavin Somerville with a pungent blend of cheesy house.
I Nomad at Nomad. 7.30pm—midnight. Free. Weekly. Enjoy some quality house from Kris Keegan, Ian Thompson and A.J. Plus you can capture those cheeky grins with the free camera hire offer.
I Sam Wallace at Eat Drink Man Woman. 8pm—midnight. Free. Weekly. Across-the-board house sounds to get you ready for a night out.
I Subversive Manoeuvres On The Loch on a boat in Loch Lomond. 8pm—midnight. Ticket-only (for more information phone Division on 332 9900). A pre-club event with a difference as those nice folks at The Sub Club whisk revellers away to a party on Loch Lomond featuring the talents of Harri, Domenic and percussive experts Kinky Afro. You don’t need to miss out on your Sat night at Substitute either as they’ll deposit you safely outside the club for midni vht.
I Wa ker 8. Hughes at The Living Room. 9pm—midnight. Free. Weekly. The deepest of house from Colin and Lawrence — one of the best ways to gear up for the night out proper.
I The Works at Bar 10. 9pm—midnight. Free. Weekly. Graham Wilson with soul, hip hop and house.
I The Antidote at a secret location. £15. 15 Jul only. Head down to the 13th Note Club and check out the Pussypower pre-club before heading out to a mystery spot for top-ﬂight entertainment from Terry and Jason Pussypower, Twitch and the Syntax crew. There’s also live drum & bass from Joy, plus Frank Zappa-styled craziness from Lummox. The ticket price includes bus travel departing at 9pm or 11pm and returning at 7am or 8.30am, so be sure to pace yourselves.
I Archaos at Archaos. 1 1pm—4am. £8. Weekly. Kris Keegan and A.J. rock the main room with house and garage, lan Thompson whacks out the best in _ . underground garage and dance classics m Betty’s, while members in the Skybar are treated to Paul Traynor’s smooth R&B mix. In addition, the Archaos cast of