In September 1975, Kraftwerk landed in England for their first run of shows in the UK. They didn’t go well. In Newcastle, Melody Maker reported that there was “damn little attempt to pull off anything experimental, artistically satisfying or new.”

The famous Glasgow Apollo was the tenth stop on the tour. “Possibly the worst concert I ever attended at the Apollo,” is how Apollo Memories contributor Stefan recalls it. “Only the first half dozen rows were occupied: awful. What a waste of a pound.”

Of course, hindsight is 20/20. We now know that Melody Maker was on the wrong side of history that night and that Stefan’s judgment can only be described as questionable at best.

Kraftwerk are amazing – no band has done more to shape modern music. Without them, there wouldn’t be dance music as we know it. There wouldn’t be Ibiza. There wouldn’t be The Arches or Fabric or Berghain or Bonkers or LCD Soundsystem or Optimo. There wouldn’t be hip-hop or electro pop. There wouldn’t be The Human League, or Angerfist, or Calvin Harris, or Jay-Z. And it’s all because of four outsiders from Dusseldorf who like pretending to be robots and making 20-minute songs about motorways and calculators. So while this isn’t a club night – it’s very much a gig, in the genteel surrounds of the Royal Concert Hall – it’s an essential experience for anyone who cares about modern music, its origins, and where it’s going next.

• Kraftwerk, tomorrow, Royal Concert Hall, 7pm – 11pm, sold out


After the Riverside Festival a fortnight ago, it’s understandable that some of us might be suffering from techno fatigue. I’ll admit that in the aftermath, there have been moments where I’ve felt like I never want to hear another compressed kick drum beat again in my life. But those thoughts are fleeting, and it feels bad to admit to them because here we stand on the verge of a Pressure-less run of summer months. The only way to get over it all is to submit to the merciless, metronomic noise of Ben Klock, the square-jawed Berliner described by MixMag last year as “the undisputed leading techno DJ on the planet.” He’s on a three-hour set, and is backed up by the enigmatic Glaswegian Edit Select and perennial favourites Animal Farm. Come 3am on Sunday, that’s your lot until September time – so fill your boots.

• Pressure with Ben Klock, Saturday, SWG3, 9.30pm – 3am, £22

Maya Jane Coles

In April, house producer Maya Jane Coles returned with new material for the first time in three years. It was a precipitous rise to fame for the young Londoner back in 2013: her debut album Comfort catapulted her into the big time, and for months made her one of the most clamoured-after new house acts on the planet. Her new EP, Won’t Let You Down, features five tunes that are a little bit more spacey and a little bit deeper than her previous output, with Cherry Bomb the wonky, bubbling, melodic highlight. Expect to hear it – and a healthy helping of the old bangers too – at SWG3 tomorrow night.

The following night, the venue’s new Galvanizers Yard plays host to something a little different but no less exciting. Celebrating 40 years since Studio 54 opened in Manhattan, it looks set to be a glamorous, decadent journey through disco and funk’s heyday, with the West End Fiesta DJs dishing out the hits. Please be advised that turning up on a white horse will result in you not being allowed in.

• Maya Jane Coles, tomorrow, SWG3, 9pm – 2am, sold out

• 40 Years of Studio 54, Saturday, SWG3, 11pm – 3am, £10

Eric Prydz/Scooter

Progressive house sensation Eric Prydz – whose enormo-hit Call on Me soundtracked 2004 for just about everyone in the world – is back in Scotland after eight long years this weekend, bringing his monster live show to the Braehead Arena. The Swede has been on the road touring his aptly-named Epic 5.0 show, with its enormous holograms and trance-inducing laser displays. This is his biggest Scottish show to date, so prepare for the best possible kind of carnage. The following night, it’s the turn of German dopes Scooter (another act that we can thank Kraftwerk for) to bring their ravey, fists-in-the-air techno bangers to the Arena. While not quite as high-brow as his electronic forefathers, the peroxide-haired HP Baxxter does a great line in shout-outs and inspirational slogans (“it’s nice to be important, but it’s more important to be nice,” he posits on their 1995 breakthrough hit Move Your Ass) and that in itself should be celebrated. Maximum respect to the whole European posse!

• Eric Prydz, tomorrow, Braehead Arena, 6.30pm – 3am, £45

• Scooter, Saturday, Braehead Arena, 6pm – 11pm, £34.50