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events // "Last Night a DJ Took My Life" // 30.10.15

Subcity presents

Subcity presents "Last Night a DJ Too My Life
Friday 30th October
The Buff Club

The year is 3015. Things are pretty shit.

After the collapse of Earth’s interstellar uplink in 2985, the dark ages began. The three decades that followed were a waking nightmare, as people took to the streets in protest against the draconian regime of Earth-President/DJ Anne Droid. In response, the government declared a state of emergency and seized control of all mainstream media sources. The curfews got stricter and the punishments harsher as more and more of the people’s freedoms were revoked and nobody was able to speak up in their defence.

Earth year 2995 marked the dawn of a new horizon. It started as a faint crackle on the airwaves which grew to a great cacophony as Subcity Radio found its form. At last the people had a voice.

The year is 3015. You wander the streets of Glasgow looking for a place you’re not sure exists. Staggering through a mess of debris and deprivation, you trace the neon-lit streets in your mind looking for the right path. Eventually you come across an image you’ve seen before; almost a circle but not quite. You approach the door and a figure moves towards you from the shadows. A harsh voice croaks the word 'Password?' and you stumble over your response. 'Now is not a time for nerves', you think to yourself as you stutter 'f-f-free… freeform or death'. The doors open.

Inside you find a den of carnal pleasures; the underground resistance to a culture of repression. Revellers release their inhibitions to electronic grooves and sonic textures that before this point you could only dream of hearing. This is what it feels like to be free.

The euphoria is short lived, however, as a creeping sense of dread flows throughout your body. Something is amiss. This fear is an almost physical sensation. You question your sanity as you try to fight the phobia.

Something is amiss...

Posted at 20:49, 6th October 2015

events // Subcity X Sleazy's // Saturday 10th October

Subcity X Sleazys

Subcity X Sleazy's
Saturday 10th October
Nice & Sleazy
2330 - 0300

Summer ain’t over. Subcity Radio’s bringing the heat to Sauchiehall Street’s sweatiest sweatbox for an explosive evening of beats courtesy of station yung bloods and stalwarts: Electronic Tendencies, Narratives, and Heated Heads.

Electronic Tendencies
Kombo will be serving molten aquacrunk and nu-skool hip-hop in his first Subcity appearance. High energy maximalism to get you grooving.

A champion of genuinely experimental house and techno, Narratives will be fuelling the boogie furnace with a selection of deep rhythms unearthed from dark places.

Heated Heads
Heated Heads’ host Mother proves he’s an authentic crate-digger who spins the freakiest, most mind-melting sonic treasures around. Fall head-first into Glasgow’s dark underworld.

Posted at 20:44, 6th October 2015

events // QMU Freshers Takeover // Saturday 19th September

QMU Posters

Facebook Event

After a hiatus of several years, we have the pleasure of announcing our glorious return to the QMU, where we’ll be bringing a stellar line-up of station DJ’s to blow the butt out of Fresher’s Week.

However, this time we’re bringing backup; our partners-in-rhyme and fellow good-cop charity organisation Philanthrobeats have got our backs covered. Not content with just one partner, we’ve also buddied up with Glasgow record label Handpicked.

Come join us as we prove that even after 20 years of freeform radio, we’re still not too old for this shit. The party is spread over 3 levels, so let the charity-based carnage commence.

//// Qudos ////


A regular fixture on the Subcity schedule, and with good reason. Usually a fan of chilled-out baby-making music, he’s decided to scrap the build-up, and play an hour of club classics. Don’t expect any warning when he kicks it up a notch, but do expect to freak.


Lava Lava are Barrientos and Divers, these guys play some of the most danceable music designed for dark basements and enlightened minds. We’ve managed to snag them for a Saturday night. Expect anything possible, but most importantly, expect to dance.


Straight outta Paris, this new kid on the block keeps it old-school. If pianos, classic dance and Fat Boy Slim are your thing then stay downstairs to hear him make his Subcity club debut.

//// Jim’s Bar ////


Glasgow’s premier hip-hop cassette collective, Handpicked have moved from strength to strength in recent years. Always interesting and eclectic, their influence stretches from dancefloors to outdoors, with a solid street presence cemented by their signature buggy-boom-box. Keep your eyes peeled for their guerilla PR, it really makes them stick out in a crowd.

//// Scran ////


Started as a way to effect worldwide change via the medium of music, Philanthrobeats are a shining star of the Glasgow music & charity scene. Famous both for their immense productions and the message they send, Philanthrobeats are a ray of positive energy piercing through the grey Glaswegian skyline. Radiating their classic feel-good vibes across the entire building, they make partying hard about giving harder.

2200 - 0300*

£4 OTD

(*subject to licence)

Posted at 20:42, 6th October 2015

events // FRESH2DEATH // Wednesday 16th September


Facebook Event

if you’re lookin' Fresh 2 Death you’re lookin' fly.

Subcity Radio are bringing the filth; UKG, Grime, Bass, RnB and Hip Hop all night long with station stalwarts, yung bloods and the virtuous Philanthrobeats squad downstairs.

This is the only freshers party where you’re guaranteed a metaphysical transformation: FRESH2DEATH in 4.0hrs. A cool party for cool kids; please nae twerking, nae daggering, nae shuffling, only high-grade bouncing.

= The Assembly Hall =

The Rainbow Dome

Come ready for grooves as smooth as molasses. Known ecelecticists Bleaker & DJ Laboonier bring the best from their extensive collections, melting hearts and melting dancefloors.


The 199X boys may have still been trading Pokemon cards & wearing light up trainers during the golden age but they definitely know their [good rapper] from their [generic shit rapper with similar sounding name]. Keeping alive that OG sound, yo.

Deep Brandy Album Cuts

DBAC is like ronseal for rap music (does what it says on the tin lol). From bootleg booty shakers to the rawest joints on the webisphere; she puts the fresh in FRESH2DEATH. This girl’s game is always on fleek.


“Bass. How low can you go?!” is the question Rumours have been asking since they started on the station. They found out sometime in 2010 but have refused to let the secret out… until now.

= The Vic Bar =

Philanthrobeats Resident DJs

After three long years of selling out non-profit clubnights across Glasgow and preaching at afterparties, Philanthrobeats are finally tall enough to ride the wave up Scott Street and into the debaucherous world of The Art School. Enter our creation, take a bite from the apple and follow us in our downward spiral from freshness to deathness, whilst our Resident DJs provide more sonic sleaze than Sodom and Gomorrah combined. Expect raunchy disco, impressive visuals and a hell of a lot of fresh air.

Philanthrobeats are a charity and social enterprise formed in Glasgow in 2012. Over the past 3 years we have organised music, art and club events, and have collaborated with communities to support individuals in need through providing an open platform for free expression and activism.

Find out more at - philanthrobeats.org.uk

Posted at 20:40, 6th October 2015

events // Subcity x Sleazys // Saturday 8th August

Subcity X Sleazy's

Facebook Event

We were away for a quick holiday, but we’ve brought the sunshine vibes back with us - Subcity’s returning to Sleazys, and this time we’re shaking the foundations with some truly exotic acts. Leave the sunblock at home.

New Latin Flirt

At the cutting edge of the burgeoning Latin music scene, New Latin Flirt have been treating Glasgow to the enormous variety of sounds coming from Latin America. It would’ve felt wrong not to bring them along.

Grand Unify Grooves

Since gracing Subcity’s airwaves, disco disc jockeys Grand Unify Grooves have truly lived up to their name. Guaranteed to deliver dancefloor jams that’ll send us all to paradise.


No strangers to the Sleazy's basement, Ally fae Tropical has delayed his holiday to help see us to the end. On a roll after a string of successful nights, he's sure to delight.

2330 - 0300

£3 OTD x

Posted at 23:38, 27th July 2015

events // Coral Reef: A Subcity Radio Documentary

Coral Reef

Facebook Event

Screening // Assembly Hall // 19.30-21.00 // Free

Subcity Radio invites you to the first screening of Coral Reef, a short documentary film looking at the last 20 years of the station, Directed by Robert J. Hunter, the documentary tracks the oral history of the rich and vibrant community of tech nerds, genre geeks and party fanatics which have inhabited the station over the years.


After-Party // The Vic Bar // 21.00-00.00 // Free

Niall Morris

Coral Reef's presenter extraordinaire proves he's more than eye candy, he's a Lion Bar for the ears too: delicious, a bit left-field and full of fructose syrup.

Arm Watches Fingers

He knows the score, because he wrote it. Arm Watches Fingers makes and plays pixelated beats, bring your best jazz robot. See: undulating space crunk.

DJ Hush

Nobody knows The Vic like DJ Hush, the man behind Record Playerz (RPZ) returns to the site of the crime after storming it at our 20th Birthday. In Hush we trust.

Posted at 23:31, 27th July 2015

events // Subcity x Sleazys // Saturday 13th June

Subcity x Sleazys

Facebook Event

Another world.

Another time.

In the age, of wonder.

Come with us as we take a trip back over 20 years- a place where after 40 years of tensions, a new beginning is in sight. The GDR is crumbling, the world is watching, and The Wall is coming down. Grey surroundings and the crash of industrial furnaces are replaced by the sounds of a hopeful Europe- Italo, Synthpop, and New Wave. Follow us into the basement of Nice ‘N’ Sleazy’s once more, and revel in a world gone by.





£3 OTD

Posted at 11:38, 10th June 2015

events // Pure Radio Sex: A Subcity Radio Exhibition

subcity20 exhibition

The Art School

26th-28th February 2015
12pm - 8pm


Join the event on Facebook

Subcity invites you to ‘Pure Radio Sex’: an exhibition across The Art School’s project spaces featuring archival material collected across 20 years of broadcasts and parties.

Trawl through a history of Glasgow’s underground guided by your favourite freeform radio station. Transforming the space into a multimedia record store, the installation will be stuffed to the brim with rave paraphernalia, curated soundbites, and relics from the station’s long and sordid history. Touching encouraged.


Opening Party // Wednesday 25th February 2015

Join us for the opening party and launch event to the Subcity 20 celebrations. It’ll be a chance to sample some brilliant sounds as you peruse our assembled oddities, line up below. Beers provided by the lovely folk at Williams Bros Brewery.

7pm-9pm // The Gallery

Jonnie Wilkes

10pm-12am // The Vic Bar

Build + Destroy
Nova Waves

Posted at 16:33, 20th February 2015

events // 20th Birthday Party


The Art School

Sat 21st March
10pm - 3am

Buy Tickets:

Online: Resident Advisor

In Person: SRC Welcome Point // Vic Bar

£6 Early / £7 Advance / £8 Door

Join the event on Facebook


We're having a party to celebrate turning 20. DJs from the past & present alongside massive production.

You know the score.

<<< Assembly Hall >>>

DJ Keoma

Keoma’s dancefloor focused sets will make you sweat, romanticised club music for the wavy generation.


Bass focused riddims from the elusive selecta, NoFace has the sub’s to make you freak.

Ben Martin

The Real OG (Original Ginger) Ben’s party sets are held in high regard, expect basslines in cars, having coffee.


In search of The Ultimate Bounce, Those Vitamins are known for throwing some of the wildest parties from here to Koh-I-Noor.

<<< Vic Bar >>>

Gareth Roberts

Combining cosmic frequencies with cold war electronica to create interstellar journeys in sound.

Mr Choon!

International sounds from the lost and found. Mr Ch00n will show you everything from Somali Synth-Pop to Spanish Soul.

DJ Hush

One of the original Record Playerz, Hush Puppy brings his eclectic audio adventures back to one of his all time favourite haunts.

GK Machine

GK melds vinyl and iPads to take you on a trance like trip through the ages, a true master of his craft.


Posted at 21:24, 10th February 2015

events // Subcity says Gies A Winch?

gies a winch

Nice N Sleazy

Sat 14th February
11.30pm - 3am


Facebook // RA


Don’t spend Valentines Day Facebook-stalking your potential Tinder dates, come experience that real live lovin’ and find yourself a new squeeze to a soundtrack taken care of by some of Subcity’s most sensual selectors.

No Globe // Beats of all Nations // Jackie Your Body

Posted at 12:55, 22nd January 2015

events // DUBCITY: Walk n Skank x Subcity Radio


The Berkeley Suite

Thurs 11th December
11pm - 4am

£5 (£3 before 12)

Facebook // RA


Two of the Glasgow’s longest running institutions come together for a community celebration.

Soundsystem culture meets freeform radio. Walk n Skank meets Subcity Radio at The Berkeley Suite. You know the names, you know you’re in for treat.

Mungo's Hi Fi

International sound system dubbers and Walk n Skank residents. They recently returned to Subcity Radio after a twelve year hiatus, and as always will be hosting the dance along with MC Campeazi.

Argonaut Sounds

The Argonauts crew are a staple of the Subcity community, having been on the station for a solid thirteen years they’ve played more than their fair share of parties, but it would be a definite oversight if we didn’t get them down for the session.

Fergus Clark

This young selecta boasts a record collection to rival most, a true crate digger, Fergus will be warming up the vibe with a roots selection that we’re all highly anticipating.

Posted at 17:19, 8th December 2014

events // Subcity presents Stereo 54

Stereo 54 poster


Fri 14th November
11pm - 3am

£5 (£4 before 12)

Facebook // RA


Subcity presents a night of sleazy grooves in the Stereo disco palace. The team have dusted off their dancing platforms and are ready to hustle.

This time round we’re transforming the dancefloor into a glitter-soaked den of iniquity. A homage to the original home of disco, Studio 54, we’ll be spinning the familiar to bring you something funked up.

with Ill Divos:

Francis Murphy

Subcity’s very own Daddy Cool; Francis Murphy is a powerhouse of groove who’s gonna make you move. Bring an extra pair of heels, you’ll wear through the first set.

The Shiny Disco Ball

Our own Boogie Knight, David [Man]Campbell digs through rare cuts from around the world, polishing them off and presenting them as artifacts of dance. He’s also an actual human disco ball.

David Barbarossa

David ‘Fucking’ Barbarossa makes his Subcity perty debut (and we are so sorry it’s taken so long). Recently listed on Fact Mag’s 100 Underrated DJs who deserve more shine, those who know, know.

Den Haan

Italo maestros Den Haan will be cocking their disco pistols like the dance commanders we’ve cum to expect. The boys will be bringing the meatballs to your marinara and we’ll bring the subs. Come on and ‘Release The Beast’ with us.

Posted at 22:31, 27th October 2014

events // Subcity Party



Fri 10th October
11pm - 3am

£5 (£3 before 12)

Facebook // RA


Fresh (as ever) from our packed-out freshers party at The Art School, we will be taking over the Broadcast basement on the Friday 10th October with big sound and quality selectors.


Subcity young-bloods, Ruaidhri and Frank, methodically extract and process music from rich sub-aquatic seams, oscillating their frequencies to create ephemeral explorations in sonic texture.


We have the hots for Barrientos and DVRS’s kind of house music. Fiery electronic soul from the burning center of Subcity’s core.

Beat Beneath

Simon Bryan, AKA Subcity’s own Technoid-babe-magnet, will be bringing proceedings to a close with a brouhaha of bangin’ beats, as your Granny would say.

Posted at 21:28, 24th September 2014



The Art School

Wed 17th September
11pm - 3am
FB Event

FREE Entry


It's September and Freshers' Week is upon us! This year we are teaming up with The Art School, Night Of The Jaguar & NO GLOBE to bring you an all out party and guess what, it's FREE for everyone, not just our fresh-faced friends!

Vic Bar // NOTJ

Taking over the Vic Bar will be Art School residents and new Subcity show hosts, Night of the Jaguar. This party will mark their move to a new fortnightly residency.

Assembly Hall // Subcity Radio

For the Assembly Hall we decided to put some of our most exciting new shows alongside some of our oldest (one is in fact our longest-serving show).

DBAC x Poppin'
Argonaut Sounds

Project Space // NO GLOBE

No Globe will be heading along the M8 from Edinburgh to start their new monthly residency at The Art School. Describing themselves as playing the best in 'Party Music Beyond Borders', it's bound to get sweaty in a 30 capacity room.

Posted at 12:45, 11th September 2014

events // Subcity: Coming Your Way

Subcity: Coming Your Way

Sleaze, sin and sex.


GK Machine
Claudia Nova


Thurs 5th Dec @ Nice'N'Sleazy


£3 OTD

Posted at 20:50, 29th November 2013

events // Subcity x

Subcity Image

Stereo Cafe Bar
Renfield Lane Glasgow

Wednesday 18th September

JD Twitch x Mother
Nightwave x Shaun Vitamins
Jasper James x Ryan All Caps
Bop Gun x Work For Love

To introduce all the new heads to Subcity we’ve gathered some of Glasgow’s most celebrated DJs and producers under one roof for a series of B2B performances.
One venue, two floors, nine acts.
The combined forces of Joe Crogan & Jordan Muir are installing a two floor visual production suite for your sensory pleasure.
Peep it.


Posted at 16:35, 13th September 2013

events // Wax On, Wax Off

Wax On, Wax Off

subcity x kill yr idols

The Berkeley Suite

Saturday 20th April
11:30pm - 3am

£3 / First 50 free

Lady Squalor
GK Machine
Work For Love

According to wikipedia and bearded men in music shops, records used to be pressed on WAX! Although this process has not been in use for nearly a century, the association of vinyl with wax is alive in our hearts, minds and youthful parlance enough to justify a club night and/or tenuous PR campaign. And that’s a FACT!

To mark International Wax Week (R.S.D), we are throwing an all-vinyl party with a lineup of some of the station’s best-loved record-lovers. This Record Store Day (I.W.W) dip your wick into the depths of the Berkeley Suite and get ready to gyrate repeatedly in a rhythmical fashion - for just a meagre £3 (that’s less than a cup of hot wax!)

To whet (or should that be WAX!!?) your appetite, we have asked our DJs to share their favourite WAX (wax) faxts (facts) exclusively for YOUR viewing PLEASURE?!

Can you BEE-lieve it!?

“The oldest burning candle was discovered in 1937 during the excavation of Ptolemy V’s tomb. Believed to have been lit in 689 BC, it is still burning to this day.” - Deena, 33, waxologist

WAX do you THINK of THAT!?

“In 1979 at the height of his fame, Lionel Richie bedded inconsequential TV personality Ruby Wax! The union produced a child, Vinyl Richie, who now works as a bus driver in Kilmarnock.” - Gordon Jr, 45, editor-in-chief WAX! magazine, Gary, also 45, friend of wax, Barrie, age undisclosed, friend of Gary

CANdle you believe it?!?!!

“The feminine form of wax is ‘waxxe’.” - Gordon VI, 78, unemployed, wax

WAX lyrical about THIS?!

“When converting ‘normal elvis’ to ‘obese latter day elvis’ Madame Tussauds Tennessee had to acquire an additional 15 tonnes of wax. That’s the equivalent of approximately 38,017 babybel wrappers, except not red.” - Liam, +8, amateur wax enthusiast

CANdle you BEE-lieve it!!!??!?

So come on guys - it’s time to buy shares in Discogs and live life to the WAX!

Posted at 20:30, 17th April 2013

events // Subcity x Shore

Subcity Image

The year’s drawing to a close; hand-in dates are now a terrifying reality instead of a distant nightmare, music blogs publish incessant best-of-year lists and people keep using that unholy C-word. But December isn’t all about overpriced poultry and the revival of cheesy Christmas jingles. It’s about sticking on some Waka Flocka, and doing your part for charity by teaching others how to dougie. (It’s also about Jesus.)

Drinks from £2 mean you can get merry and still afford those ultimately disappointing secret santa gifts that you are socially obliged to buy. Merry Christmas!

11:30pm - 3am
first 50 free/£3

Codeine Drums
Jackie Your Body
Masha (Deadly Rhythm)

Hosted in partnership with Shore

(Facebook Event)

Posted at 01:36, 4th December 2012

events // You Are Here 2012

You Are Here Logo

Glasgow, among its other cultural accolades, boasts a rich and vibrant musical tapestry. Its venues, labels, bands and club nights are testament to its place as one of the most innovative and creative cities in the UK.

Subcity has and continues to provide a platform for the city’s musical community; throughout Freshers’ Week, we'll be showcasing a programme of stuff that interests us.

Bronagh Monahan (live)
Deadbeat Club Pub Quiz
Gutter Riddim Grime DVD Screening
Miaoux Miaoux (live)
Michael Cassidy (live)
'Paris Is Burning' DVD Screening
Poor Things (live)
Pronto Mama (live)
This Silent Forest (live)

As if that’s not enough, some of our contributors will be repping Subcity at the Freshers' Fair with DJ sets.

It all kicks off September 10th, so come down, get involved and immerse yourself in the city's cultural melting pot.

Posted at 15:44, 9th September 2012

events // Bright Lights, Subcity

Bright Lights

Chambre 69 // 12th September // £3/4 - Free with Fresher's Pass // Facebook

Starring Michael J Fox as you, Andrew McCarthy as Grant Management and John Candy as the man who misses the urinal and pisses on your shoes.

Every small town kid dreams of moving to the big city, a glittering world of perms, glamour and chinese buffet restaurants open until 4 am. Well, now the time has come to leave those little league suburbs behind. Time to tell your parents ‘thanks, but your consistent love and support is, frankly, stifling’ (that’ll show them!). Time to pack yourself off to the metropolis!

These first few weeks are tough. Around every corner lurks a threat, be it a vice touting, leather jacket wearing maverick in wraparound Ray Bans, or a geography student wanting to know what you took at Higher. Stay alert; this city’s a dangerous place. If you’re not careful, you could end up becoming embroiled in its sleazy underworld, a blur of neon lights, bad dancing and hedonism.

But, if you’re too careful, then you might not be.

We’re having a party to corrupt your minds before Jack Bauer can.

The Awkward Sons of Patrick Stewart
Baby Diego (Mortar & Pestle)
Digital Dust
Earthly Matters
Hector's House
Metropolis Sound
New Life

Posted at 23:52, 2nd September 2012

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