Amelie Lens

Bound in by the land of hard house and gabber to the north, the world capital of techno to the east and the birthplace of the French Touch to the west, Belgium has always been overshadowed by its more illustrious continental neighbours in the dance music stakes. With the exception of the Dewaele brothers – who you might know better as 2manydjs – the pool of Belgian electronic talent isn’t a particularly deep one, but that’s forgivable when you think of everything else that Flanders and Wallonia have given us over the years.

Antwerp’s Amelie Lens is quickly becoming an artist who, it feels, could turn that whole cliché on its head. The former model is one of world techno’s rising stars, and she returns to SWG3 – after a slot further down the bill at February’s Pressure – to headline Saturday night’s Incept party. A producer of supremely heavy, throbbing beats, she’s enjoying a meteoric rise at the moment. UK techno mainstay Perc is a fan – he’s contributed a quite brutal remix for Lens’ next EP, Stay With Me, and December sees her playing across Europe, China and Australia. This is not the last you’ve heard of Amelie Lens. She’s joined by local producer Frazier and Incept resident Nick McPheat, who’ll also be around for the afterparty at the African Arts Centre on the Broomloan Road.

Amelie Lens, Saturday, SWG3, 10pm – 3am, sold out

Afterparty, Sunday, The African Arts Centre, 2am – 8am, £10

Kevin McKay

To say that Kevin McKay has had his fingers in many pies would be an understatement. A true veteran of the Scottish house scene, the Glasgow Underground founder is celebrating his label’s 20th year with the release of a new compilation, Underground Sound of Glasgow 2017, which is out next week. A producer since 1994, McKay had a part in the platinum-selling success of Mylo’s Destroy Rock and Roll, and helped boost the careers of names like DJ Q, Romanthony, Motor City Drum Ensemble and Dixon, while making fans out luminaries like Andrew Weatherall and Danny Tenaglia. He rarely graces the booth these days, so this Saturday Social session at The Club, in Paisley, is a rare chance to see a celebrated local figure in intimate surroundings.

Saturday Social with Kevin McKay, Saturday, The Club, Paisley, 11pm – 3am, £10


The Ukranian DJ Nastia is a national celebrity back home, perhaps least of all for her music. While she’s playing at Cocoon with Richie Hawtin and headlining Watergate in Berlin, her partner is an investigative journalist who reports on corruption in the upper echelons of Kiev, making the pair targets for the local media. Her infectious, energetic sets take in drum and bass, percussive tech-house and breakbeat, while Acid Flash’s Ida brings the prime-era techno and house in support.

Nastia & IDA, Sunday, Sub Club, 11pm – 3am, £10

Run the Jewels Afterparty

What a week they’re having at The Garage. Last night, a show by the “horrorcore” rap duo Insane Clown Posse saw an influx of heavily facepainted Juggalos descend upon Sauchiehall Street. The group – made up of Violent J and Shaggy 2 Dope – have attracted ridicule, after their song Miracles posed the question “f*****g magnets, how do they work?” and derided all scientists as liars. And tonight, the eclectic venue hosts after parties for Run the Jewels ¬– the critically acclaimed rappers who were introduced on Glastonbury’s Pyramid Stage by Jeremy Corbyn earlier this year – and, um, Steps, the rather-less-critically acclaimed teeny bopper pop group who are currently wowing crowds across the UK on their reunion tour. Whether or not the two groups of fans embrace each other’s differences on the main floor in one big bubblegum-pop-slash-political-rap jamboree remains to be seen, but what a spectacle that would be.

Run the Jewels and Steps Afterparties, tonight, The Garage, 11pm – 3am, £tbc