Column: Scotland’s Sound

Last month was spent wisely due to a large dent in my finances, meaning I was going out skint. Teamed up with late night library sessions to rush assignments, I was also going out sober – which although may seem problematic given our 10 till 10 and public drinking laws – is actually not so much trouble at all.

The haven of the cheap night out, Flat 0/1, plays host to lots of different nights, all of which are always free. A highlight of the parties they hold is Angles. The fortnightly Friday doesn’t take itself too seriously, and sees everything from grime, techno, house, RnB, hip-hop and pop played. Testament to its appeal, the night often hits full capacity by 12:30, so getting down early is well advised. £2 drinks are available every night, including the weekends if you ask for a Flat 0/1 key, a sort of cheap drink loyalty card.

After meeting friends who went to the Sub Hub launch party I ended up at one of the best spots to go to on a budget for a good night out – Max’s Bar and the accompanying club, La Cheetah. The Sub Hub is an extremely cool loft area, acting as an arts and café/bar space and is definitely worth checking out over the next month, as all the unique events, including lectures and shows, appear to be free in. It is, however, quite expensive to drink in as a pre-club venue as drinks were around £3.50 to £4 at the cheapest.

Max’s is much better priced, a round of four rums costing only a tenner – even on the weekend. It attracts a nice crowd and is rarely host to any dafties. The club space downstairs is amazing too, and is one of Glasgow’s best and most popular venues. Nights are varied, and usually cheap. Missing Persons Club often holds parties there for free, and they’re always busy – their last party alongside Vicious Creatures was packed, sweaty and full of good tunes – and was easily as good; if not better, than many other nights that charge a fiver or more for a residents only affair.

You can also hear some of Glasgow’s best DJs at other locations away from their usual nights for much cheaper, if not for free. Harri, of the legendary Subculture, plays at Bar Soba in Mitchell Lane every Friday night until 12. Spencer of Numbers and Optimo’s JG Wilkes can be found playing a b2b for a reasonable £8 at the Berkeley Suite for Cosmic’s 2nd birthday party – bargains are easily achieved if you keep your eye out.

It’s probably also worth investing in a few pals who PR at the clubs you go to, or trying to wrangle a PR job for a club night you like, and keep them sweet so you can use them for free guestlist spots. That’s what friends are for.

So don’t worry about staying in and missing a great night because your bank’s empty – there’s no need to miss out in Glasgow if you’re strapped for cash.

You should buy: DENIS SULTA – L.A. RUFFGARDEN EP. Denis Sulta follows up from the amazing Sulta Selects Vol.1 with some house belters. Out soon as limited 12” on everyone’s favourite hometown imprint, Dixon Avenue Basement Jams.

You should attend: LUCKYME & HIGHLIFE: ECLAIR FIFI & AUNTIE FLO. LuckyMe & Highlife bring you a stellar line up over both floors of the Art School on the 18th of April. Expect varied and colorful underground dance, hip-hop and music from across the globe. Early Birds are £5, and General Admission £8.

In the spirit of being skint, we’ve teamed up with Eden Festival to give you the chance to win two weekend camping tickets for the festival! And, as Record Store Day is just around the corner, West End Communications have given us their first three releases to throw in there as well!

The Eden Festival is set in the stunning Raehill Meadows of Dumfries from the 11th-14th June and is playing host to a wide range of varied acts, including headliners Ms. Dynamite and Grandmaster Flash. This is a festival not to be missed!

The first three West End Communications releases come from Obstrct, PDL and The Burrell Connection.

Entrants must be 18 and over and able to attend the festival.

To enter, simply find this article post on our Facebook page and then like, share, and comment with why you want to go to Eden Festival for your chance to win.

The winner will be announced on 18 April.