As if three full days of music, talks and events wasn’t a busy enough schedule for 6 Music Festival, the ambitious programming also took on Glasgow’s nightlife scene on the Saturday night. The 6 Music ‘Late’ event took place in the industrial-feeling SWG3 which was the perfect setting for the evening’s proceedings, not least because the three different performance spaces allowed for there to be more than one DJ playing at a time. This, combined with the short set times for even the bigger names on the bill (no more than an hour long) meant that the festival was able to showcase an impressively broad range of dance music styles in four short hours.
The eager crowd were noticeably younger than the other audiences over the weekend, which although was to be expected with the genre of music being showcased at this event, was also probably to do with the relative cheapness of the ticket price in comparison to many of the other performances at the festival. The late night sessions allowed younger music fans and students to be involved in the carnival-like atmosphere that had overtaken the city for the weekend.
Glasgow-based producer and DJ Nightwaves played a stand-out set, eclectic and well-paced, moving intuitively between tracks to create a cohesive sound. A ‘Subbie’ regular, she was well-received by the crowd. Radio 6 DJ Nemone was also worth a mention with a slick set in the Warehouse. Norwegian producer Hans-Peter Lindstrom was on fine form, finishing his set with last year’s single, Closing Shot, all syncopated hand-claps and synthy-goodness
As for the headliners, Simian Mobile Disco played a solid, if not somewhat unsurprising set. Stars of the show were undoubtably DJ duo Optimo, aka JD Twitch and JG Wilkes, aka Keith McIvor and Jonnie Wilkes. These Subclub veterans are this year celebrating their 20th anniversary, and will be back at SWG3 in August with a bunch of their pals – The Black Madonna and Ben UFO to name just a couple – to throw what will probably be the best birthday party of all time. Indeed a track from The Black Madonna made an appearance on their playlist, a welcome detour in a techno-heavy set. Other highlights included a rendition of 80s classic Smalltown Boy and an almost vocal-less version of Blue Monday. Perfectly though, they ended their set with David Bowie’s Let’s Dance. And really, how could they not?
Photos courtesy of Sarah Jeynes.