OPTIMO BARROWLAND REVUE Norway’s Todd Terje headlines East End all-dayer
tastemakers Optimo are decamping from their usual stomping ground at the Sub Club for a special all day event. ‘The East End Social, whose mandate is to bring music to the East End of Glasgow, approached us to see if we would be interested in doing a Barrowlands event,’ explains resident Twitch. ‘The idea was to put on a daytime event with a lineup of our choosing, featuring artists who tickle our fancy.’
As you would expect, it’s a typically diverse bill reflecting Twitch and Wilkes’ own musical sensibilities. What’s important is quality, not sticking rigidly within specific genres. Headlining is Norwegian nu disco remixer Todd Terje (pictured) who, despite 15 years as a professional DJ / producer, has recently released his debut album, the aptly titled It’s Album Time. The Barrowland Revue will also mark the first Scottish outing for his
full live band playing out his Italo tropicalia meets future beats. Golden Teacher will also be playing live and, in a departure from the usual Optimo formula, there’ll be several guests behind the turntables. ‘It is ultra-rare that we ever book DJs, as while there are oodles of great DJs out there, there are only a tiny handful who tick all our boxes and we would actually want to listen to,’ explains Twitch of booking Hessle Audio mainman Ben UFO for a dose of drum & bass and dubstep. He’ll be joined on the decks by Optimo themselves and Tim Sweeney (DFA / Beats in Space). ‘Tim is an old friend and, again, one of a small number of DJs we have booked before and has the Optimo seal of approval. We know he loves Glasgow and thought he’d get a kick out of playing the Barrowlands.’ (Henry Northmore)
Barrowland, Glasgow, Sun 25 May.
HITLIST THE BEST DANCEFLOOR ACTION
✽ Museum Lates with DJ Lord Holyrude The vintage scene veteran takes
retro to a new level, playing tracks from the 1920s–50s on his twin gramophones at this after-hours museum event. See column, page 59. National Museum of Scotland, Edinburgh, Fri 16 May.
✽ Head High The Substance crew welcome one of their heroes as Berlin
techno producer Shed plays a rare set (and his Edinburgh debut) under his Head High guise. See preview, page 58. The Bongo Club, Edinburgh, Fri 16 May.
✽ On The House with Sam Divine The
human manifestation of Ibiza’s big-hearted party spirit, Defected’s Sam Divine brings sunshine to Glasgow in the form of uplifting Balearic house vibes. Saint Judes, Glasgow, Sat 17 May.
✽ Todd Terje The much anticipated Scottish live debut from the producer
behind seductive electro house gems ‘Inspector Norse’ and ‘Lanzarote’, with support from Golden Teacher and DJ sets from Ben UFO, Tim Sweeney and Optimo. See preview, left. Barrowland, Glasgow, Sun 25 May.
✽ Platform 18 Street Party Public transport
gets a whole lot more fun as Bella Saris and DeWalta join residents Ivan Kutz and Niz for an all-day outdoor event. See preview, page 60. West Street subway station, Glasgow, Sat 31 May.
✽ Sub Club Presents . . . Harri & Domenic, Sensu and Bigfoot’s Tea Party roll up to the
historic jail courtyard in Stirling with a Funktion One soundsystem, before continuing the party back in Glasgow . Stirling Old Town Jail, Stirling, and Sub Club, Glasgow, Sat 31 May.
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