Platform 18, the street party that annexes a small corner of Tradeston a couple of times a year for a bacchanalian techno knees-up, celebrates its fourth birthday this weekend. No guesses as to what that celebration entails, for it should be pretty obvious.

We wouldn’t have it any other way, of course. The Glasgow-based promoters have brought in Enzo Siragusa, the founder of the cult East London party Fuse, to headline this thumping eight-hour session. Siragusa is something of an institution in the English capital: his dedication to flawless sound and high-quality techno has kept his parties going into their eighth year – no small feat in a city where struggling to stay in business is a part of everyday life for clubs and promoters alike.

Siragusa is joined by the German DJ and producer tINI. The Munich-born spinner is notorious for her tINI and the Gang parties in Ibiza Underground, a low-key club tucked away in the shadows of the island’s giants. Here, she dishes out rolling tech-house and techno to small crowds of knowledgeable, hipper-than-your-average clubbers, keeping it in a smaller club because that’s where she feels understood. Playing under a railway bridge in a post-industrial Glaswegian suburb in the middle of autumn might not be quite as appealing in terms of setting, but tINI’s more likely to care about the vibes. Which, as is always the case at Platform 18, will be stellar. Support comes from residents Ivan Kutz, Niz, and Craig Hamilton.

• Platform 18’s Fourth Birthday, Saturday, West Street, 2pm – 10pm, £25


In the heavyweight DJ division, they don’t come much bigger than Sasha. The Welshman was the world’s first superstar DJ and he came to define dance music in the ‘90s. Mixmag was moved to ask if he was the “son of god,” and his shows resembled mass outpourings of religious fervour. For quite some time, there was no bigger figure in dance music, full stop.

Having relocated to LA and reinvented himself of late as one of the godfathers of EDM, Sasha remains royalty in the business. So this chance to see him in a setting as intimate as the Sub Club should be a no-brainer. After playing here last year for Resident Advisor’s “In Residence” series of parties, he returns tomorrow night for a sold out show that will please the old-school heads and newer converts alike.

• Sasha, tomorrow, Sub Club, 11pm – 3am, sold out

Jamie Jones

After Richy Ahmed’s formidable show at the Subbie last Thursday, it’s the turn of another Hot Creations favourite to take Glasgow by storm this weekend. The house and techno label’s boss, Jamie Jones, takes over SWG3’s TV Studio on Saturday night. Widely regarded as one of the most influential tastemakers in modern dance music, Jones is a big believer in bringing the fun back into dance. His upcoming EP, Kooky Music, is a perfect example: the lead single, Positive Pressure, is a big, groovy banger with all the fat basslines and hooky vocals you’d expect from a Hot Creations track. It’s the label’s 100th release, and you can bet that Jones and his support – Route 94 and Mark Jenkyns – will be in the mood to celebrate when things get going on Saturday.

• Hot Creations with Jamie Jones, Saturday, SWG3, 9pm – 2am, £29.50

Colours Classical

How’s this for a remix? Colours, the defining Scots clubbing promoter of the last two decades, has teamed up with the Scottish Festival Orchestra to reinterpret and reimagine some of dance music’s most memorable hits at The Hydro on Saturday. As a sort of tribute to The Arches, the country’s much-missed cultural hub, the 60-strong orchestra will bring their classical nous to the most pivotal dancefloor classics from the ‘80s and ‘90s, celebrating Colours’ 20-year residency underneath the Heilanman’s Umbrella in the process. This being at The Hydro it’s an early finish, so an afterparty has been thoughtfully laid on at nearby SWG3. All of the superstar DJs that will be performing at the Hydro – including luminaries like Danny Rampling, Judge Jules, Tall Paul, Seb Fontaine, Jon Mancini and Iain “Boney” Clark – will be in attendance, making it the only conceivable place to continue raving.

• Colours Classical, Saturday, The Hydro, 6.30pm – 10.45pm, £35

• Afterparty, Saturday, SWG3, 10pm – 2am, £20

Rubadub is 25

“Techno dunt get nae finer!” reads the handwritten sticker attached to a copy of the Italian legend Leo Anibaldi’s 94-96 EP in Rubadub Records. It’s symbolic of the legendary Howard Street store’s down-to-eart culture – here, they take music seriously but perhaps not themselves.

The store is inextricably linked with Glasgow’s rise to prominence as a dance music hub – it’s where the likes of Jackmaster worked in exchange for records as a 14-year-old, and you can bet a couple of the assistants beavering away in the storeroom as you read this will go on to be residents at venues like the Subbie in years to come. The shop is throwing what it calls “stage one” of its 25th birthday proceedings on Saturday, when it welcomes the Dutch producer Newworldaquarium and Ross 154 to La Cheetah, alongside some of the shop’s own residents.

• Rubadub presents Rad25, Saturday, La Cheetah, 11pm – 3am, £10