- 29 Nov 19
Dublin's Index is at the heart of the clubbing action this month, with mouthwatering shows on the way from SLAM, Karenn, Skream and Dave Clarke.
Based in the 39/40 nightclub on Dublin's Arran Quay, Index is the place to be for scintillating techno grooves this December. Certainly, with a steady stream of stellar gigs, it's really stealing the pre-Xmas limelight.
On November 30, SLAM kick off this exciting run with what's sure to be slamming show (bad pun intended!). Comprised of Glaswegian duo Stuart McMillan and Orde Meikle, SLAM are renowned for their six-deck B2B DJ sets, as well as their cutting edge productions and involvement with the iconic Soma label. In addition, the intensely busy pair are co-curators of Glasgow's Riverside Festival; hosts of the Maximum Pressure warehouse parties; and the creative minds behind the weekly Slam Radio podcast. Their Index set should be an absolute belter.
A week later, on December 6, another duo - UK techno fiends Karenn - arrive at Index to perform one of their intense hardware techno live sets. The group consists of DJ/producers Jamie Roberts and Arthur Cayzer, AKA Blawan and Pariah, who both boast high-flying individual careers. The Berlin-based Blawan has gone from strength to strength whilst perfecting his analogue-driven craft. Pariah, meanwhile, has also released a series of critically acclaimed productions over the years.
Roberts and Cayzer decided to collaborate as Karenn back in 2011, also establishing their label Works The Long Nights (or SHEWORKS) the same year. As well as issuing the duo's own tracks, the imprint also released material by Sunil Sharpe and Midland. The pair now have a new label, Voam, which released their first record in five years - the Kind Of Green EP - back in April. This month, meanwhile, sees the arrival of Karenn's long-awaited debut album on Grapefruit Regrets. Electronica fans headed to their Index show can expect to be captivated by their brilliantly raw sound.
On December 14, it's Skream's turn at Index, where he'll be performing an all-nighter. A major player in the early development of dubstep, Skream has been an inescapable presence over the past 15 years. His unpredictable sets veer from house to techno and even disco, but one thing's for certain: the London maestro, also well know for his partying streak, will make the Index dancefloor bounce.
Concluding the month's action at Index will be Dave Clarke, who performs on December 20. Nicknamed the Baron of Techno, the celebrated DJ, producer and radio presenter first came to prominence in the '90s and has been shining bright ever since.
The Brighton native's big breakthrough came with '94's Red trilogy, later included on DJ Mag's All-Time Techno Top 100 list. As well as enjoying huge success with his own output, Clarke has also done high-profile remixes for the likes of Depeche Mode and Underworld. Needless to say, the DJ is hugely in demand internationally Ð he even boasts his own stage at Belgium's Tomorrowland festival.