I’m close to losing count of the amount of times Norway has caused me public embarrassment.

First, there was the time their national football team had the temerity to draw with Scotland at France 98, all but extinguishing our hopes of progressing to the knockout stages. I watched that game in the indoor football pitches that were deep in the belly of St Mirren’s old Love Street stadium, and as a severely wimpy and un-chill 11-year-old I couldn’t handle the disappointment of drawing. I’m not afraid to say that I cried that night, dear reader, although in the intervening years I have learned to manage my expectations when it comes to being a Scotland fan.

A few months later, on Hogmanay, the Norwegian DJ/producer Todd Terje played a storming set at SWG3 and there exists video footage of me that night that I would prefer never be seen by anyone else. Again, I place the blame for this firmly at the feet of Norway.

And now, this weekend, it appears my never-ending Norse nightmare is set to continue as the Sub Club hosts a screening of Northern Disco Lights, the debut documentary by English filmmakers Ben Davis and Pete Jenkinson that shines a light on the lush, disco-driven sound of Scandinavian dance music. It’s followed by a five-hour set from Prins Thomas, an Oslo producer who is a prime exponent of his country’s psychedelic sound. Expect bubbling analogue synths, bouncing elastic basslines, and me down the front making an absolute fool of myself. Again.

All that takes place on Sunday, but before that the club hosts Detroit techno legend Chez Damier tomorrow as part of its continuing 30th birthday celebrations. The founder of The Music Institute and the KMS label doesn’t come here all that often but when he does, it’s a chance to see a master at work. Support comes from Subculture’s Dominic Cappello – do not miss.

• Chez Damier, tomorrow, Sub Club, 11pm – 3am, £10

• Northern Disco Lights Screening, Sunday, Sub Club, 9pm – 11pm, £15

• Prins Thomas, Sunday, Sub Club, 11pm – 4am, £10/£15

Melting Pot

This month’s Melting Pot brings together two of Belfast’s best exports back-to back for a night of disco and funk mayhem. It sees Optimo’s JG Wilkes teaming up with fellow Subbie resident and Bicep collaborator Hammer, who has carried on the momentum that he built up in 2016 with the release of At Once on Optimo’s label. The young Irishman is well-versed in spinning sleazy disco all night, but if this isn’t to become a Melting Pot like no other it might fall to Wilkes to rein in some of his more obscure tendencies – no matter how good they would sound given a runout on the residents’ fabled sound system.

• Melting Pot with Hammer & Wilkes, Saturday, 11pm – 3am, £8


As good as it feels to have another bank holiday on the other side of the weekend, these sporadic bursts of partying are surely taking their toll on wallets and bodies across the city. Case in point: there’s another installment of Pressure coming our way, which barely seems believable. But it already has been a month since Len Faki tore SWG3 a new one, and so we begin preparations for locally-based producer Gary Beck to do the same on Sunday. He’s joined by Slam, of course, and the outstanding Perth duo Clouds with backup from Silicone Soul and Petrichor, who plays live.

It follows a complete takeover of the Finnieston warehouse by Patrick Topping, the Newcastle-born DJ and producer who arrives fresh from the Coachella festival in California, where he cemented his status as one of the biggest names in dance music in the scorching Indio heat. Things will be quite different here – colder, probably, and slightly more intimate – but an all-night set in the TV Studio and a Warehouse featuring Jonas Rathman, Elliot Adamson and Rondevu means it will be just as jumping.

• Patrick Topping, Saturday, SWG3, 10pm – 3am, £24.50

• Pressure May Day Special, Sunday, SWG3, 10pm – 3am, £15