The best club gigs and dance festivals on around Ireland this week

Special Request, aka Paul Woolford, Tensnake, Techno & Cans and more

Friday 14

QUBSU Belfast 10pm £13/£10
Two rooms of musical mischief from the Tw!tch crew. The main draw is Special Request, the roughneck alter-ego of house and techno producer Paul Woolford as he shows off his blend of jungle, hardcore and rave's renegade soundwaves, manic basslines and proper ragga mania. He's joined by Timmy Stewart in the main room, while it's Mke Servito, Shanti Celeste and the Tw!tch crew serving things up in Room 2.

Button Factory Dublin 11pm €15/€13/€10

Tracks like Coma Cat show that German DJ and producer Tensnake (above) knows his onions when it comes to premier league dancefloor fare. The dude born Marco Niemerski has also proven to be someone with a finely tuned awareness of the pop hooks and melodies needed to craft a series of musical charmers and keep pace with his collaborators like Nile Rodgers. Support from Seany B, Jack Thompson and the Pear DJs.

Bjorn Torske
Bar Tengu Dublin 10pm €10


Bjorn Torske has played a starring role in the rise of Nordic electronic music. Born in Tromsø and based in Bergen, Torske collaborated early doors with Royskopp, but it’s his own productions which really showboat his talents. Albums like Trobbel and the beautifully sun-dappled Feil Knapp and tracks like last year’s freaky-disco cut Fuglekongen show that Torkse has a good ear for killer rhythms. Support from Out to Lunch and Major Problems boyo Barry Redsetta.

Techno & Cans
The Hangar Dublin 10.30pm €15/€12/€10
Dublin deviants Techno & Cans mark two years in business with a sweaty threesome in their favourite venue. Myler tops the bill, the Waterford producer whose tough, heavyweight sounds for labels like Fifth Wall, Pennyroyal, Nightmode and others have received positive feedback from many of techno's kingpins. Live sets too from DeFeKT, Matthew Flanagan's alter-ego for his brew of true-blue electro and techno, and ELLLL, the broody minimal tech-work from Cork producer Ellen King.

Saturday 15

Bar Tengu Dublin 7pm €15/€10/€5

Whatever about the weather, the calender says it’s summer, so Melodic are going all out with the special effects tonight and firing up the BBQ. Aside from lashing meat on the grill, they’ve also an impressive crew of selectors on hand. House Of Disco don Magnier, ace Irish house producer Hubie Davison (above) and Pyg’s Juko head the bill in the main space. While all that’s going on, Toast Dublin’s Boots & Kats keep things rocking in Room Two with help from AJ and Charlie Garrett

Anti Social Acid Club
Factory at Electric Galway 11pm
If you want explosive, quick-witted, hard-hitting techno, you are in the right place. From Lyon in France, Process 404 is a producer with a growing rep for heavyweight sets which are full of power and panache. Check his Soundcloud page for some recent rave bangers and remixes. Support from the Anti Social Acid Club DJs