The Art School, one of Glasgow's leading venues for electronic music, has gone into liquidation.
32 staff, who have been on zero hours contracts since November, have lost their jobs with immediate effect.
The venue has been suffering from financial issues for months; back in November the club was forced to suspend its programming, and a month prior, staff had protested as they became aware their jobs were under threat.
Today an order was granted by Glasgow Sherriff Court to appoint Shona Campbell of MHA Henderson Loggie as the company's liquidator.
Liam Doc will drop a new EP later this month.
The Glaswegian DJ/producer, currently holding residencies at both the city's Sub Club and with promoters FLY, has been steadily climbing the ranks for some time, performing alongside and B2B with the likes of Denis Sulta and Nightwave.
Clyde Built Radio will launch in Glasgow in January.
The new station is the brainchild of Andrew Thomson, founder of Glaswegian label and party outfit Huntleys + Palmers; the label has released music by the likes of Mehmet Aslan, Auntie Flo and DJs Pareja.
Clyde Build Radio will broadcast out of Glasgow's Barras Market, which is pictured above. The station is named after Thomson's 'Clyde Built' compilations, which showcase the Glasgow scene, and is focussed on a need to give Glasgow a local station to compare with others across the UK, such as NTS in London.
The future of Glasgow club and live music venue The Art School is in doubt after financial troubles have forced the team running the space to suspend its future programming.
GSASA Ltd, a commercial branch of the Glasgow School of Art Students' Association, oversees the venue's club and live music programming, as well as its use as a bar and restaurant, but has admitted that debts have built up as a result of frequently running at a loss.
“It wasn’t even meant to happen,” Liam Doc laughs over the phone. “I was meant to be driving and being sensible!” He’s telling a story about a recent gig at Glasgow’s Sub Club, when he and Denis Sulta played a spontaneous B2B to an unexpecting crowd. “Denis Sulta called me after work and was like, ‘Are you playing tonight in Glasgow?’ I told him ‘Aye’, and he said that he was home, and that he might bring his USB [to the club]. So it turned into a mad one - as it normally does.”
Last track that blew your mind?
Denis Sulta ‘It's Tough, But Not As Much As The Dream Is Worth (Joseph)’
Last film you watched?
The Lion King
Last DJ that blew your mind?
Jamie XX (Seen him at T in the park and it was without a doubt the BEST set I've ever witnessed)
Favourite album to relax to?
Relocating to London gave Medvesek the chance to venture into new and inspiring territories, spending nights (and mornings) in clubs like now-defunct West End institution The End, and Plastic People, the beloved and sorely-missed club that artists including Four Tet and Floating Points consider intrinsic to their careers.
“What they were doing was totally unique, and I loved the genre free approach to music,” Medvesek remembers. “The sheer passion behind their work and the love of a good party. People like Hudson Mohawke and Rustie, for example, are responsible for a sound that we now take for granted, but back then it was completely alien and fresh. Numbers paved a lot of paths in electronic music, the effect of these labels is global.”
As well as Nightrave, a creative project called Producergirls, founded by E M M A and co-run by Medvesek, hosts workshops for women who are looking to explore production techniques and Ableton/FL Studio software. “I’m super proud to be part of Producergirls and the ripple effect it created” she says, “to see women that attended our workshops go on to have careers in music is just incredible.”
The official soundtrack for forthcoming UK rave culture film 'Beats' is available to stream now.
Produced by Steven Soderbergh and directed by Brian Welsh (whose previous credits include 'Black Mirror'), the film is set in Scotland during the summer of 1994 and follows a pair of friends as they get to grips with the free party scene of the time before they separate as adulthood awaits. In the process, the film's writers Brian Welsh and Kieran Hurley offer a gripping look back to early days of the UK's rave scene.
Massive Attack kicked off the 21st anniversary tour of their 1998 album 'Mezzanine' in Glasgow this week.
Taking to the city's SSE Hydro, the band were joined on stage by Cocteau Twins' Elisabeth Fraser, and played 'Angel', 'Teardrop', 'Black Milk', 'Dissolved Girl' and a cover of Velvet Underground, 'I Found A Reason'.
Glasgow is getting a brand new clubbing venue named 500 GWR, set to open its doors in February this year.
Previously a popular student spot named Viper, the refurbished venue sits in Glasgow's West End at 500 Great Western Road.
The newly renovated space has been fitted with a Funktion-One system (that used to be installed in The Arches), and will encourage a no-camera dancefloor.