Rebekah is a DJ’s DJ. There’s a few moments on Fear Paralysis, the debut album by the Birmingham-born artist, where it’s brought sharply into focus that it isn’t – and was never going to be – what you’d term a fun listen (maybe the title gives it away slightly). It’s driving, relentless, thumping music: proper gritty techno that should be heard in a small room like the Sub Club, with just a couple of hundred people there and an enormous soundsystem. That’s the situation tomorrow night, when she brings Fear Paralysis on tour to Slam’s monthly night Return to Mono. The local legends, who released the album on their label Soma in April, are on support duties.

The following night, two of the most iconic figures in dance music team up as Henrik Schwarz and Frank Wiedemann, of Âme, join forces. They’ll be putting on a super-rare extended live performance as part of Subculture’s thirty year celebrations. Schwarz is a long-time veteran of the German deep house scene, while his countryman Wiedemann is one of the honchos at Innervision – a label and collective of quite untouchable pedigree. Expect it to massively kick off come 11pm on Saturday.

• Return to Mono with Rebekah, tomorrow, Sub Club, 11pm – 3am, £12

• Schwarzmann, Saturday, Sub Club, 11pm – 3am, £20

Al Kent

Al Kent’s Million Dollar Disco parties at the Berkeley Suite are the stuff of legend. They only happen once a year, with disco fanatics queuing up North Street for hours in the freezing cold in the hope that they might be lucky enough to get in. Being a massively popular night in a tiny venue, there are generally a few disappointed souls out there but year after year they return, like moths fatally attracted to the light. The good news is that Kent will end an extended summer hiatus tomorrow when he plays a guest set at Stereo for the brilliantly eclectic LightsOut. Most famous for his disco edits and remixes, Kent also has a storied career behind him as a producer and selector of distinction. With releases on labels like Razor N Tape and Kojak, and his revered series of rare track compilations The Men in the Glass Booth still doing well, you get the feeling there might just be queues up the street for this one too.

• LightsOut with Al Kent, tomorrow, Stereo, 11pm – 3am, £5

Anastasia Kristensen

There are DJ bios out there that are overblown, and then there’s this belter from Anastasia Kristensen.

“Anastasia Kristensen is an uncompromising force of nature,” begins the Danish DJ’s official blurb.

She “shifts sounds and tempos at a moment's notice,” and provides “a whirlwind of emboldened intensity that can be felt equally through her productions and DJ sets.” In that case, Queen Street better get ready for the devastation that Kristensen, who plays breaks, techno and electro with equal alacrity, is going to wreak when she headlines La Cheetah tomorrow night. She’s supported by the Missing Persons Club residents, who say “we expect some serious space exploration.” It makes you wonder just what on earth is going to go on down there tomorrow.

• Anastasia Kristensen, tomorrow, La Cheetah, 11pm – 3am, £5


Sundays aren’t just for lazing, gardening and reading papers. They’re also good for going to see legendary figures of hip-hop playing intimate gigs in weird places. The Poetry Club, a tiny, Jim Lambie-designed crannie that’s part of the SWG3 complex, hosts just such a gig this weekend when it plays host to Maceo, the Brooklyn producer who’s one third of De Le Soul. If his Boiler Room set from July is anything to go by, an absolute groovefest is in order: just what you need to set you up for the week.

• Maseo (De la Soul), Sunday, The Poetry Club, 9pm – 2am, £15