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SOMA RECORDS NIGHT It’s become a bit of a mainstay at the Edge Festival and Glasgow’s premiere label Soma Records is back once again for its annual showcase of all that’s great and good in the world of house and techno. This year’s line-up includes seminal UK techno boffins The Black Dog (pictured) providing a live set, there’s driving basslines and stabbing synths from Mr Copy (live), and funky house with soul from Master H, while Edit-Select supply minimal techno. Cabaret Voltaire, 220 6176, 14 Aug, 11pm–5am, £8.


The Bang Bang Club escapes from the confines of the club format and spreads itself across the Fringe with big juicy nuggets of sleazy, subversive, underground music and a plethora of live acts ranging from off-kilter indie types Clinic (pictured, playing 29 Aug) and Steven Severin (Friday night resident) to cool electronica from Dollskabeat (23 Aug) and 60s garage club The Go-Go, featuring Les Bof! (13 Aug) 5 words to describe the Bang Bang Club experience? Fast, furious, educated, dumb and contradictory. 4 things you love about the DJs/acts/bands on the bill Hand-picked, custom-built for the dead of night, hardcore, eclectic. 3 things you love about Edinburgh during the Festival 24-hour party people, the world comes to us, unexpected pleasures. 2 things you hate about Edinburgh in August Two types of impostors: worthy fuckers, worthy and earnest fuckers, and comedians who aren’t funny. 1 thing you would change about the late-night Festival scene Nothing, any more. We’ve fixed it. Bang Bang. The Bang Bang Club, Gilded Balloon Teviot, 622 6552, 12.30am–5am, 13–16, 20–23 & 27–30 Aug, £7.50–£12 (depending on guests).


✽✽ The Bang Bang Club A twisted mix of genres that refuses to be categorised augmented by a hefty dose of live guests throughout the Fest. Gilded Balloon: Teviot, 622 6552, weekly Thu–Sun, 12.30–5am, Thu £7.50; Fri–Sun £10. ✽✽ Periferal Dr Das (Asian Dub Foundation) and Kerieva bring you the real face of British ‘world music’ as ethnic beats meet hip hop, jazz and dubstep for a down and dirty melting pot of musical styles. GRV, 220 2987, Thu 13 & 20 Aug, 8pm–late, £12–£15. ✽✽ Xplicit Dark and expansive drum & bass that hits like a hammer to the gut from Dutch production trio Noisia. The Bongo Club, 558 7604, Fri 14 Aug, 11pm–5am, £12. ✽✽ FH1 Festival The Festival’s biggest dance event, see feature page 83. Royal Highland Showground, 0844 870 0000, Sat 15 Aug, noon–6am, £49.50, £74.50 (VIP). ✽✽ Wire Scotland’s most innovative electronica collective LuckyMe Records descend on Wire for a night of in-your-face dubstep, broken electro and leftfield hip hop cuts featuring the likes of Hudson Mohawke, Rustie and The Blessings. Electric Circus, 226 4224, Sat 15 Aug, 11pm-5am, £12. ✽✽ Trade Union Monday isn’t the biggest party night of the week, but the news that Hostage is guesting at Trade Union should change all that. This rising star from Edinburgh mixes house with bristling electro, stabbing basslines and crunchy techno nuggets. Cabaret Voltaire, 220 6176, Mon 17 Aug, 11pm–5am, free before midnight; £2 (£1) after. ✽✽ Lovefoxxx Famed for her selection of catsuits and the kookiest, cutesiest dance moves, expect a slice of electro pop and ravetastic goodness as CSS’ Lovefoxxx (pictured) steps up to the decks. Electric Circus, 226 4224, Thu 20 Aug, 10pm–5am, £6. For venue addresses see index page 84.