Avril Mair checks out Edinburgh clubs, Sex Beat and Loaded.




I Crash at the Cotton Club. 11pm—3.30am. £4 (£3 with ticket). Popular and busy. with a wide variety of club sounds. particularly crossover which is going down so well just now.

I Joy at the Sub Club. 1 1pm—5am.£3.50. Scotland's best night for house'.’ Certainly a contender. Wild music in a highly charged atmosphere, great visuals & lighting and all the best young haircuts & clothes in town.

I Radio City at the Mayfair (Cameo Suite). 10.30pm—3am. £2. Stuck in atime warp no more. . . Radio City will stillbe playing some psychedelic favourites. but mixed with Prince. JesusJones. S‘Express. Soul II Soul. Disco meets Garage.

I Bumble at .loe Paparazzi.

l 1pm-3.30am. £2.50 (£1 student). The only dance alternative to Joy for my money and should appeal more to students. skinflints & non-disco freaks

I Shag at Fury Murrys. 1 lpm—Sam. £1.50. 24 hour party students! Do you hate club music. but like dancing to everything from Prince to the Monkees‘.’ Never mind. sodo hundreds of other people. go along this Friday for a 6-hour mass therapy!

I Swirl at the Art School. llpm—Zam. £1.50. Colours swirl. patterns collide. sounds reverberate perfect pop. garage grunge and (ills—90s psych . . .


I The Alhambra 8pm—midnight. Free.

I Dennets11pm—3.30am.£2.50.

I Cleopatras 10.30pm—2.30am. £3.

I Xposed at Club Xchange. 11.30pm—5.30am. £2.50. Happy hour 10pm—midnight.

I Follies 10.30pm—3.30am. £3.50.

I The Future at the Warehouse. 11pm—3.30am. £4.

I Hard Rock Catte at the Venue. 10pm until late. £3.50.

I Hollywood Studios 1 [pm—3.30am. £3.50.

I Mickey Finn's at Tin Pan Alley. 10.30pm—5am. £2 before midnight. £4 after.

I Mr 0’: 10.30pm—2am. £4.

I Parade at Fury Murrys.7pm-11pm. £1.50. The Shag under-18 club.

I Battles 10.30pm—3am. £3.

I Savoy 1 lpm—3.30am. £4.

I Stomp at Mardi Gras. 10.30pm—3.30am. £3.50.

I SW1 1 1.45pm—5am. £1.50.

I Unity Reggae Club at Rooftops. 10.30pm—3am. £2.50.


I Atlantis at Sub Club. 11pm—5am. £5. Along with almost every top DJ in the UK. Stuart & Orde will be off on their summer hols to Ibiza for a fortnight on 3 June. They will be doing a spot of work at night. spinning a few records while supping their Pina Coladas.

I The Choice 1 1pm—5am. £6. The most exclusive venue on Saturdays has all the new fashion collections by the likes of Hamnett. Basi and Gaultier on video for you to drool over. Make sure you‘re dressed up to the nines as well or you could be disappointed. Upfront dance.

I Detect at Fury Murrys. 11pm—3.30am. £3.1‘ve been a bit harsh about Defect in

the past. and while it ain‘t a personal favourite I can see the appeal. The students come in their droves for indie. indie/dance crossover. dance. Not trendy. but good clean fun.

I UFO at Tin Pan Alley. 11pm—5am. £5. Eternal seriously upfront in the house stakes on one floor: and seriously groovy on the other. with 52 playing funk. rap. soul. etc. Very popular with young people with excessive trouser widths. Steven ' Sleepman. Mr 30 incher himselfmust be pleased.


I The Alhambra 8pm—midnight. Free.

I Bennets llpm—3.30am. £3.

I Cleopatras 10.30pm—2.30am. £3.50.

I Xposed at Club Xchange. 10pm—5.30am. £3. Happy hour 10pm—midnight.

I Cotton Club 11pm—3.30am. £5 (£3.50 with ticket).

I Desire at Mardi Gras. 10.30pm—3.30am. £3.50.

I Energy at SW1 . llpm—Sam. £5.

I Follies l().30pm—3.30am. £4.50.

I Glam Rock at The Venue. 10pm until late. £3.50.

I Heller Skelter at the Mayfair.

l lpm-3am. £1.50.

I Hollywood Studios 11pm—3.30am. £4. I Insomnia at the Warehouse. 1 1pm—5am. £5.

I Joe Paparani 11pm—5am.£5.

I Kes Club at Rooftops. 10.30pm—3am. £3.

I Libra at Hollywood Studios. £3.50. Over-25s disco.

I Mardi Gras 1 lpm—Sam. £4.50

I Mr D's 10.30pm—2am. £4.

I Moi... at the Art School. (Students&

guests only). £2.

I Battles 10.30pm-3am. £3. I Savoy l 1pm—3am. £4. Over-21s night.


I Boy at Club Xchange. 12pm—5am. 75p. Gay all the way. with live cabaret from London and 75p beers and spirits all night. I Delirium? at Rooftops (Secrets Lounge). £2. 10pm until late. Gothic. Indie & Psychedelic.

I Hypnotonlc Soundtrack at Fury Murrys. £2. Picking up in recent weeks in the way of numbers, which is good to hear. Packed floor getting down to great upfront dance music mixed with the best indie crossover. I Network at the Choice. 1 1pm—3.30am. £3.50. Still trying to establish itself asTHE trendy venue on Sundays. Is it succeeding. gang?

I The Power at the Sub Club. llpm—3.30am. £2. Harri‘s still trying his hardest to promote reggae on the dancefloors. with some degree ofsuccess. After a slow start to the evening it really picks up around 1am. and this could be the club for the summer.


I Bennets l lpm—3.30am. 75p.

I Bete Hoir at SW1 . 11.45pm until late. £1 . I Brag at the Cotton Club. llpm—3.30am. I The Dream at Scalini. 11pm—3.30am. £2. I Follies 11pm—3am. £3.

I Fuddrukkers at Cleopatras. 10.30pm—2.30am. £1 .

I Hollywood Studios 11pm—3am.£2.

I Mr 0’: 10.30pm—2am. £2 (£1 with ticket).

I Battles 10.30pm—2am. £2.50.

I Savoy 1 lpm—3am. £2.50.


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l . - a ( .. . A. t, g. f 'K I t. ‘We want to be free, to do what we want to do. We want to have a good time. And we want to get loaded.‘

These sentiments, expressed recently by Primal Scream, are being echoed by the organisers of Edinburgh‘s latest dance event, who

intend to contront the one-dimensional nature of midweek city clubbing with a compulsive blend of the innovatory and the accepted.

Chris and John, lormerly associated with ventures like Acid and The Deep, have realised that only weekend ravers expect the unexpected, so Loaded aims to come up with a unique compromise. Instead of Chicago white label imports, the playlist will consist at an overlap oi indie and house music— but with many preceding their release dates, to

ensure originality.

Although a trendy alternative club might sound like a contradiction in terms, the boys feel that their past experience and knowledge, combined with the lack of such an independent club in Edinburgh, should result in an appealing mix. And from the sound of it, it certainly seems a much more attractive proposition than a night out with Bobby Gillespie!

Loaded at The Mission lrom Wednesday2 May, 10.30pm—3am, £2. l


1. The Farm: Stepping Stone

2. inspiral Carpets: Real Thing

3. Happy Mondays: Step 0n

4. Soul II Soul: Dream’s A Dream

5. Public Enemy: Fear at a Black Planet


Anyone spotting posters around Edinburgh recently, depicting a 15-stone transexual dressed head to toe in rubber and writhing in simulated ecstacy, might think that the club which they advertised was, well . . . a little unusual. And they would be right.

But Sex Beat, the latest venture by the boys from the Backroom, is not, as might be suspected, primarily tor leather letishists or those 01 dubious nocturnal inclinations.

Organisers Chris and Grant Mackie’s innovative advertising campaign is intended to attract anyone with an interest in uncompromising alternative

dance music, and their eclectic playlist of hard and heavy new beat, electro, on-u sounds, acid, hip hop, plus the odd 70s disco track should keep the intrigued around once the novelty of the hype wears on.

As well as eye-catching publicity, the added attraction of film and slide shows, special eitects and a stunning lighting display should make this club as essential as it is unusual. So will you come to the Sex Beat?

Sex Beat at The Wee Bed Bar, Art College, on Saturdays (not every week - check listings for details), 10pm—3am, £2 (look outior£1ilyers)


1. Nitzer Ebb: Join in the Chant

2. Rhythmic Device: Acid Rock

3. Front 242: Welcome to Paradise

4. Laiblach: Sympathy iorthe Devil (Acid Mix)

5. The Shamen: Pro-Gen (Move Every Mountain)

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