That old cliché about those who cannot remember the past being doomed to repeat it rings especially true when you consider the first generation of ravers. These grizzled veterans of the dance scene blazed a trail for the rest of us back in the late eighties and early nineties, with their fields and their bucket hats and their acid house. But getting hopelessly mashed up was all part of the fun, and those who enjoyed it first time round are constantly reminding us that if you can remember it, you weren’t there.

All of which explains the whole Madchester nostalgia industry and the increasing sense of deja-vu that surrounds it. This second run of Haçienda Classical shows – in which New Order bassist Peter Hook oversees the Manchester Camerata orchestra performing classical reinterpretations of rave classics – kicks off in Glasgow exactly a year to the day after it was last in town. And, just like last year, it features an afterparty at SWG3. The famous Manchester club’s residents Graeme Park and Allister Whitehead will be taking the party through until 2am, with support coming from local legends Jon Mancini and Iain “Boney” Clark. In the words of Hook: the whole thing is “mad as a box of frogs, but it works.”

• Haçienda Classical, Saturday, The Hydro, 7pm – 11pm, £35

• Haçienda Classical Afterparty, Saturday, SWG3, 10.30pm – 2am, £15


A liberal upbringing, flitting between a Copenhagen hippie commune and his well-to-do German grandparents, meant that Rune Riley Kölsch was never going to follow a conventional career path. The Danish artist pours all of those experiences into his work, which is abnormally steeped in feeling for techno music. His live show, which he brings back to Glasgow tomorrow after a headline set at the Barras in October, is a transcendent, genre-defying tour de force that uses wistful melody and subtle synth work to pull the heartstrings as well as move the feet.

• Kölsch, tomorrow, SWG3, 9pm – 2am, £17

I am a Raver

At the opposite end of the emotional scale from Kölsch is the output of George Bowie, who continues to plough his singular furrow with a respectable durability. On Saturday night he takes over the Classic Grand, and the resulting madness is easy to predict: a bouncy, up-for-it crowd are going to get a lesson in rave history from one of its old masters. If the Haçienda Classical review sounds a little too high-brow for your tastes, get down here instead.

• I am a Raver with George Bowie, Saturday, Classic Grand, 10pm – 3am, £10

Mungo’s Hi-Fi

"If my music brings joy into someone's life then that's my aim,” says the UK reggae veteran Horseman. “It’s there to make people happy. I'm not in competition with anyone, I'm just me doing my thing.” The respected drummer-turned-emcee, who has worked with most of the reggae world’s top names, plays at The Rum Shack’s semi-subterranean dancehall on Saturday, with local soundsystem crew Mungo’s Hi-Fi in support. Before that though, there’s a chance for early-night-loving indie poppers to get their dance on at the same venue tomorrow night. The Pretty Ugly girls are taking their Pretty Early spinoff south of the river, declaring that “post-work partying is the future.” Anything to avoid the dreaded 3am taxi wait is a winner in my books – and when the music is this good, all the better.

• Pretty Early, Friday, The Rum Shack, 8pm – 12am, £5

• Mungo’s Hi-Fi, Saturday, The Rum Shack, 8pm – 12am, £6

Joe Goddard

On his latest solo album Electric Lines, Hot Chip founding member Joe Goddard takes a meandering, bleary-eyed shuffle through the history of electronic music. It’s a record brimming with Detroit techno, New York disco and UK garage influences, and the Londoner will be playing tracks from it early doors at King Tut’s on Sunday. There’s not much happening afterwards, but tonight at La Cheetah you can see San Francisco underground house producer Taraval, who has worked alongside Goddard, Floating Points, Caribou and Simian Mobile Disco’s James Shaw on the enjoyably obscure Pulse Train project, which assembled a one-off supergroup for a performance of a 1973 Frank McCarty score.

• Taraval, tonight, La Cheetah, 11pm – 3am, £5

• Joe Goddard, Sunday, King Tut’s, 8.30pm – 12am, £12.50

Half Cut All-Day Party

Opportunities to indulge in all-day partying on a Wednesday are few and far between, so take advantage of this end-of-exams blowout that’s being thrown by Half Cut if you’re lucky enough not to have any sort of responsibility in the entire world. The venue isn’t locked down yet so details are sketchy, but there’s an impressive array of local talent on the bill including residents from Handpicked and Subcity Radio’s Grand Unify Grooves. This – not your exam results or the subsequent qualifications – is what you've worked so hard for all semester.

• Half Cut All-Day Party, Wednesday, venue TBC, 3pm – 12am, free