The Arches & The British Council present
Fri 18 Jul 2014 | 10pm - 3am | £5 + £0.50 BF
“Take Action. Inspire Change. Make Every Day a Mandela Day.”
Launched in 2009, Mandela Day is a worldwide series of events championing the values of the late South African president, activist, and champion of human rights, Nelson ‘Madiba’ Mandela. Celebrated every year on 18 July – Mandela’s birthday – Mandela Day seeks to inspire individuals to take action to help change the world for the better, and in doing so build a global movement for good. On this year’s Mandela Day, The British Council’s Connect ZA programme, Creative Scotland and The Arches proudly present this one-off club event, featuring South African ‘township tech’ supergroup Fantasma, and Highlife’s Auntie Flo, part of the SA-UK Seasons 2014 & 2015.
Fantasma combines the talents of Johannesburg-born rapper and producer Spoek Mathambo (aka Nthato Mokgata) with other South African artists championing the ‘township tech’ sound. Their debut EP, Eye of the Sun, is due out this year. Mokgata came to global prominence with his first album, Mishni Wam on BBE Recordings. This caught the attention of Seattle label Sub Pop, who released his 2012 album Father Creeper to widespread critical acclaim, with his pitch-dark cover of Joy Division’s ‘She’s Lost Control’ attracting praise from The Quietus and Pitchfork among others. In 2012, he was named Best African Act at the MOBO Awards. More recently, he has produced a documentary about the increasing global popularity of African electronic music, titled Future Sound of Mzansi.
Auntie Flo is the co-founder of Highlife, which has residencies in London, Edinburgh and Glasgow, and often features Afrocentric house and electronic music. He has toured extensively in Africa, Cuba, North America and beyond. With releases on Kompakt, Permanent Vacation and Comeme, he can regularly found releasing work on Huntleys & Palmers. His 2012 album Future Rhythm Machine earned him a shortlist nomination for the Scottish Album of the Year (SAY) Award. He is currently working on a full-length follow-up. As one of the UK’s foremost DJs championing African and global electronic sounds, he is sure to deliver a forward-thinking, boundary-pushing set, with influences and traces from South Africa and beyond.
IMPORTANT CUSTOMER INFORMATION:
Arches clubs are open to 18s and over, with valid ID required for entry. We work closely with Police Scotland and have adopted many operational procedures which we believe help provide a safer clubbing environment. The Arches operates a strict zero tolerance drugs policy and is committed to protecting the health and safety of our customers, whom we urge to act responsibly at all times.
The Arches want everyone to enjoy themselves when clubbing so please stay safe and look after each other.
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As Scotland’s original superclub, the Arches is the stuff of clubbing legend. There really is no other venue like it in the world.
Repeatedly voted one of the top 100 clubs in the world in DJ magazine, the industrial brick arches are home to a continuous roster of the world’s most in demand DJs and producers from across the dance spectrum, whether it be minimal techno, big bassline electro, hardstyle, deep house, UK bass, dubstep or trance.
With a Funktion 1 soundsystem and three fully stocked bars spread over six subterranean arches, the space is transformed each weekend depending on the faces behind the decks. From huge, sell out nights with platinum selling Ibiza trendsetters such as Alesso and Laidback Luke or legendary acts such as Fatboy Slim, Carl Cox and Jeff Mills, to the hottest, most-hyped names on the dance scene’s lips – from Jamie Jones and Nina Kraviz to Jackmaster and Omar S, ours is one of the most diverse club programmes in the city.
As well as the Arches’ own club nights, which have recently brought the likes of Hot Creations label, Madeon and Chase & Status to the venue, for many fans the Arches is synonymous with either of its two biggest nights, Pressure and Colours.
Slam have now been playing and promoting in the Arches since 1992 with their monthly techno and house night Pressure celebrating it’s 16th anniversary in November 2014. Normally taking place on the last Friday of the month, Pressure sees the biggest names in the game playing regularly, with guests like Richie Hawtin, Ben Klock, Laurent Garnier, Joris Voorn, Maya Jane Coles, Pan-Pot, Chris Liebing, Dave Clarke, Len Faki, Dubfire, Gary Beck, Visonquest, Heidi, Vitalic and Green Velvet joining resident DJs Slam in recent times.
Scotland’s biggest dance promoter, Colours regularly bring the biggest and best names in big room house, tech-house, electro and trance to the venue, with recent guests including Alesso, Otto Knows, Laidback Luke, Dannic, Hardwell, Markus Schulz, Showtek, Gareth Emery, Nervo, AN21 & Max Vangeli, Nicky Romero and many more.
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