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As part of this year’s Hogmanay celebrations, a computer will host a 2,300- capacity dance event in the covered courtyard of Glasgow’s Merchant Square. On behalf of the organisers, Nation1, a spokesperson has commented that this will be a ‘hip and happening’ party representing a ‘once in a lifetime event for party-goers who want to experience something

different on New Year’s Eve’.

Although it’s in no way expected to end in catastrophe as it did in the apocalyptic Arthur C. Clarke story, the computer hosting ‘2001: A Dance Odyssey’ is also called HAL 9000. The state-of-the-art machine, built in Japan at a cost of 28m, is usually used to monitor efficiency and productivity in a American factory but for one night only, it’s being imported from the US to work clubbers into a frenzy on the biggest night of

the year.

The computer is now taking requests which it will then reorder live into a seamless mix sourced from 1,800 pre-programmed dance tracks. HAL is also gifted in gauging the crowd and will select tunes to suit the mood by measuring variables such as noise level, temperature, movement, humidity,

perspiration and eye movement.

Making his debut appearance as an artificial DJ outside the US, HAL’s unique style will be augmented by a £25,000 sound rig, £12,000 worth of lighting and ten giant screens suspended from the ceiling of the stunning Merchant Square venue. And remember, if at any point during the evening you hear the strains of ‘Daisy Daisy’, quietly make your way to the exit while taking every care not to upset the computer. (Catherine Bromley)

I Tickets are on sale now, more details on the event can be found at www.themercbantsm/ and text requests can be made to Hal 9000 on

0777 0007 253.

(Attic). 11pm- 3am. £3 (£2). Weekly. lndie. both classic and contemporary. with a healthy dose of Britpop.

I Dream at Strawberry Fields. 10.30pm- 3am. £15. Weekly. Fifteen nieker might seem a bit steep fora night down Strawberry Fields. but in addition to hanging house anthems and saucy dancing girls. the bar is totally and utterly free. Much like a stomach pump on the NHS. I Liquid Cool at Babala. 9pm 3am. £5. Weekly. A.J.. Kris Keegan and Ian Thompson playing top—notch vocal garage and house to a club packed with hyper-hedonistic twentysomething revellers. all of whom seem to have forgotten that they have work in the morning. If quality tunes and glamorous antics are your bag. Suns at Baba/a are unmissable.

I Optima at MAS (in association with the Sub (‘lub). llpm 3am. £7 (£6). Weekly (not 30 Dec). Iixpeet absolutely anything from Lady Miss Roland and Twitch 6;; Wilkes. including gut-bitsting techno. country 6: western. punk and painfully cool electro-pop. Arrive early to avoid the mammoth queue and look out for the Detroit (irand l’ubas. who gained notoriety last summer with their debut single ‘Sandw ichcs'. doing a live show on 23 Dec. See separate listing for details of New Year Bash.

I Pure Funk at ('lub Budda.

1 lpm 3am. £5 (£4). Weekly. (ilasgow

reacquainted itself with its long-held love of the funk this year. with a brace of nights devoted to the genre. including this one in the bijoux environs of Budda. I Solvent at Alaska. 1 lpm~3am. £5 (£3). Weekly. (‘olin Davie gives as another reason to go out and get completely trollied on a Sunday night. Playing funky house and whatever he fancies to a crowd of up-for-it revellers vvliojust don‘t want the weekend to end. I Sunday Best at Shack.

10.30pm <3.30am. £5 (£3). Weekly. Jim I)a Best plays pop. dance and R828.

I Sunday Shelter at .-\tl-l.ih. Monthly. Next date the.

I Transistor at the Polo Lounge.

1 lpm-~3am. £tbc. Weekly. Real pop for real people with DJs Niall McMurray and Wayne Dixon.

Chart 8. Party

I Atmosphere at Destiny.

10pm 3am. £3 before 1 lpm: £4 after. Weekly. Full-on party action accompanied by generous drinks promos. I Disco at Fury Murry's. l lpm 3am. £4 (£3). \Veckly. (‘heese—tastlc disco 11111 for students. with Dave and Phil spinning the discs.

I Media at Media. 11pm 3am. £2. Weekly. A full—on flavoured mix from rotational residents plus karaoke in room two. Drinks promos a bonus (all drinks £2 all night).

Glasgow Mondays


I Brel at Brel. Omit-midnight. Free. 24 Dee. DJ llush Puppy and Phil Spectre with Divine sounds.

I Cul De Sac at (‘ul De Sac. ()pm-midnight. Free. Weekly. Watch you don't burn your lingers on Dr Paul's ‘Quiz of Fire'.

I Kube at Blackfriars. 8pm lam. Free. 31 Dec only. Bring in the new year to underground techno provided courtesy of DJ Sak. with electro flicks and breakbeats from the Scratchmonkey.

I Loose at the Variety Bar.

9pm ~midnight. Free. Weekly. Alt. country. classic 70s rock and blues from Paul Shields.


I Alaska Hogmanay Party at Alaska. 10pm—-4am. £14l£12). 31 Dec only. Some of Glasgow‘s finest DJs are on hand to welcome in 2002 this evening. (ieorge T. Martyn Jengahead and Laurence Hughes play quality house upstairs and Milton Jackson and the boys from Phonic Start keep it going downstairs. Start the year as you mean to go on and get absolutely trollied.

I Burn at MAS. l lpm—3am. Free for staff of any pub or club; £3 to everyone else. Weekly (not 31 Dec). A top party atmosphere is guaranteed at the five-year- old staff night out. thanks to thumping dance classics. from deep to disco, unleashed by Norman and Zeus.

I Christmas Eve at Life. [()pm 3am. £10 in advance; £15 on the door. 24 Dec only. ‘Twas the night before (‘hristmas and all through the house. not a creature was stirring except for Ian Thompson. Stewart Mc(‘a|lum. Skud and Billy Milligan playing booty bouncing Rth and smooth vocal garage.

I First Foot Subculture at MAS. 10pm- 4.30am. £20. 31 Dee only. They have been helping (ilasgow celebrate llogmanay for the past fifteen years and always guarantee a night to remember. Harri and Domenic are joined by Paul (‘awley and Nick Peacock to make sure 2002 gets off to a great start and most importantly that you don‘t under do it.

I Home Cookin’ v F.A.B. at Babaza. bpm—3am (DJs from 1 1pm). Free before 9pm; £tbc alter. 31 Dee only. Bring in the bells with the bootylieious Babaza boys: Ian Thompson. Stewart Me(‘allum. Skud and AJ.

I Hustle 8. Bustle v Liquid Cool at Babaza. (mitt—3am (DJs from 1 1pm). Free before 9pm; £tbc after. 24 Dee only. Celebrate Christmas live with the Baba/a boys: Ian Thompson. Stewart Me(‘allum. Skud and AJ.

I Inside Out at the Arches. 10pm—4am. £25. 31 Dec only. Bring in the bells at Scotland's premiere house and trance night. featuring Lisa Loud. Don Diablo. Lost Witness. Simon Foy. Alan Belshaw and Fraser Latta. See interview with Lisa Loud.

I Life’s Hogmanay at Life. 10pm—3am. £15 in advance; £20 on the door. 31 Dec only. Ian Thompson. Skud. Stewart McCallum and Billy Milligan bring in the bells with a slick funk. soul and R&B selection.

I Mish Mash Turn the Lights Out Party at the Riverside Social. Iain-5am. £25. 31 Dec only. They say all good things must come to an end. Mish Mash has been going strong for the past three years at the Riverside

but it's now time to move on and so. as we welcome the New Year. we say goodbye to the night that turned the Riverside on its head. but before its move to the Arches. ()scar will be

joined by special guest percussionist

Angela for a trip down memory lane. playing the intisie from the very beginning as M(' Nordin gets those lights turned on one last time.

I Optimo 2002 at the (ilasgow School of Art. 10pm ham. £20. 31 Dec only. What better way to see in the bells than eight hours of ()ptimo madness. Twitch and Wilkes and Lady Miss Roland are guaranteed to get the New Year started with a rip roaring hang . . . and remember anything is possible.

I Shack at Shack. 9pm—4am. £10. 31 Dec only. DJs lain and Graeme play the tunes that filled the Shack for the past year.

I Slam Christmas Eve Party at Alaska. 1 lpm 3am. £12 (£10). 24 Dec only. If waiting tip for Santa isn't really your bag. then fear not. the Slam boys have planned a bit of a bash. Taking you through to (‘hristmas morning will be Stuart. ()rde. Silicone Soul. DJ Q and Percy X. Don‘t plan on eating too much turkey the following day . . . need 1 say

I Superfly Hogmanay Show at Woodside Social. 1 lpm—3am. £tbc. 31 Dee only. A first footing spectacular at the psychedelic cabaret club featuring guest DJs a go-go and a live ceilidh band.

I Traxx Hogmanay Party at the Soundhaus. 10.30pm-4am. £15. (members and their guests only). 31 Dec only. The Traxx crew see the year out with a bang at their now annual New Year bash. 1n the main room residents Simon Cordiner and Laurence llughes serve up some quality house while Billy Woods is joined by Wiseblood in room two for some soulful house and funk. It should be a night to remember. Or not. as the case may be.

I The Tunnel’s Hogmanay at the Tunnel. 10pm—3am. £16 plus booking fee. 31 Dee only. L'plifting progressive house action to take you into 2002. with Steven MeCreery. Scott Mackay. Kris Keegan and Kevin McFarlane.


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