Column: Scotland’s Sound


By Chester Cornford


Glasgow’s grime scene, while small, is loyal, hard-working, and knowledgeable. A handful of nights dedicate themselves solely to the genre, while, as with Glasgow’s eclectic soundscape, there are many nights where you are as likely to hear a grime track as you are to hear house or techno. Furthermore, while the city is known for its techno, the city also makes waves in more bass orientated music, with labels such as LuckyMe and Astral Black all making the case for Glasgow.

Why then did Wiley, the godfather of grime, take us for fools? His performance at SWG3 on the 12th of February was an insult to all who paid money to see him, all those involved in the event, and especially to the crews who have been putting on parties, releasing music and supporting grime in Glasgow. Playing a lot of Skepta tracks and acting as an expensive hype man showed that he underestimated the crowd and the wider scene. He saw us all as being on the bandwagon. A shame, as the rest of the night was dead on the mark, with all involved proving that we are far beyond that.

Luckily, my month was saved by Bigfoot’s Tea Party at the Sub Club with nd_Baumecker and The Black Madonna. As more and more promoters push back-to-backs as a way of standing out, it was refreshing to enjoy a non-specified back-to-back that flowed so perfectly, bustling with energy and chemistry. The Black Madonna played far heavier than expected. This level was maintained throughout, as they went back and forth two tracks at time, darting between thumping acid, melodic house and techno and dark disco, with a few curveballs intertwined. If I had to go to one night for the rest of my life, it would probably be Bigfoots.

Riverside Festival is fast approaching and the line-up, while full of serious talents, is fairly uninspiring. Last year’s weekender saw some interesting and more leftfield bookings, including Siriusmodeselektor and Ron Trent. This May we are subject to Sven Vath (who played last year) and Ben Klock and Dimitri from Paris, amongst others. There is hope, with live sets from Vril and Gaiser. Local talent comes in the form of Dixon Avenue Basement Jams, Jackmaster, Animal Farm, Gary Beck and Slam. While the list of big names is no doubt impressive; it is sad to see that some of the city’s biggest promoters failed at the chance to bring a more forward-thinking and varied line-up to a weekend that should be a highlight of the Glasgow calendar. So far a safe and predictable line up that will no doubt sell, but does nothing to excite me. Hopefully someone will read this column and announce some heat.

You should attend:  26/3 Partial present Florian Kupfer & Rezzett (Live) at La Cheetah (4am license): Partial again bringing the best. Two serious electronic talents not to be missed, and teamed up with a late licence, this is a party to watch out for. Tickets £8 and £10, unreleased at time of writing.

31/3 Stereotone Presents On Loop: Moxie & Shanti Celeste at La Cheetah: NTS queen Moxie brings her tour to Glasgow. Shanti Celeste and Wheelman in support. Tickets on Resident Advisor, early birds £5, final release £8.

 1/4 Loose Joints Presents Legowelt, The Burrell Connection at the Berkeley Suite Local party Loose Joints, (which I may or may not co-run), hosts Dutch Synth-God Legowelt, with local star, The Burrell Connection, on support. Tickets on Resident Advisor at £10.

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