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Livestream celebrates Highland Club Culture on Saturday (12 to 12) – 11 acts and VR DJ set

By Margaret Chrystall

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ON Saturday, a livestream will celebrate Highland Club Culture. Below, Ally Ridgers, DJ, co-founder of OutDores and the creator of Highland Club Culture, talks about the concept and event plus full line-up below.

Q Why did now seem a good idea for doing this livestream?

With no events taking place because of the pandemic livestreaming seems to be the way to go with connecting with people and it’s also a fun thing to do.

Q Remind people what Highland Club Culture is and how it came about?

Highland Club Culture was a project I put together last year to celebrate 30 years of dance music in and around the Highlands from the club nights to the festivals and everything inbetween. So I created a website to act as an archive with club night spotlights and a flyer gallery with hundreds of flyers.

Q The first event was the 30-year celebration of the independent clubs in the Highlands with special guests Harri and Domenic in the Ironworks. What are your memories of that night? Did people turn up from the early days you might not have met face to face before etc

After finally completing the website (www.highlandclubculture.co.uk) it was fitting to put on an event to celebrate everything so i teamed up with Ironworks and together we brought Harri & Domenic from the legendary Sub Club up to play a special 30 years of club classics All Night Set ,which was a great night and brought a mixed crowd of both young and old which was great to see.

Ally Ridgers, who pulled together Highland Club Culture, and will play on Saturday’s livestream. Picture: James MacKenzie
Ally Ridgers, who pulled together Highland Club Culture, and will play on Saturday’s livestream. Picture: James MacKenzie

QHaving looked into the history of the clubbing scene in the area, and all the different genres of music supported by the different clubs, do you think the North had something unique going on – and if we did – why do you think that should be – the independent spirit of people used to staging their own events In less populated parts of the Highlands as well as in the city? Just a lot of genuine music fans? A feeling that if we don’t create it ourselves it won’t happen – an entrepreneurial talent?

I personally think what is happening now with regards to the quality of club nights, pop up events etc is the best it's been in recent years, but someone who was clubbing, promoting etc 20 years ago will disagree with me saying it was better then! ha ha! But there has always been a great scene in the Highlands and when you look back at the flyer section on the website you can see how strong the line ups were with local talent – and still is to this day.

Q How are dance music fans surviving lockdown? There have been livestreams – but what’s it like without a live scene?

On a personal level I love watching livestreams and the standard has been amazing from the big promoters like Colours, Hacienda, and DJs such as Carl Cox, Judge Jules etc from their homes. It really is a great way to interact with your audience and I use them as an opportunity to dig the old vinyl out – what I’ll be doing once again for the upcoming Highland Club Culture stream. But at the end of the day nothing beats playing to an actual crowd in a venue/club.

Ally Ridgers DJing at OutDores which returns next year.
Ally Ridgers DJing at OutDores which returns next year.

Q It must have been frustrating to cancel planned OutDores events – the lockdown and social distancing rules made it difficult to continue with hopes for one in August. But now you have the event next year in the pipeline for people to look forward to. Do you think there will be any live dance events before the year ends?

It’s been strange to say the least but after cancelling both OutDores dates this year we have managed to secure the original line up for next April which I’m really happy about. I really don’t see any big events going ahead this year, but we all hope and pray.

The Highland Club Culture livestream line-up for Saturday is: 12.00-13.00 Jack Williamson; 13.00-14.00 Clyde Rouge; 14.00-15.00 Flick; 15.00-16.00 Debukas; 16.00-17.00 Illicit; 17.00-18.00 Ally Ridgers (Trance Classics); 18.00-19.00 Saturn DJs; 19.00-20.00 DJ Ryz; 20.00-21.00 Let Us Play (Scott Langley & Alan Grant); 21.00-22.00 Non Stop; 22.00-23.00 Household; 23.00-00.00 Flip Reality (VR DJ set).

Watch from noon here: www.Highlandclubculture.co.uk and here: Facebook.com/highlandclubculture

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