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Avril Mair talks to DJ Bootsy about playing host to ‘trendy’ nights at the Amphitheatre.
'l‘he Amphitheatre. Say it slowly. 'l'ry not to laugh. In the past years since its conception. 'l'he ."\mphitheatre has hardly been at the cutting edge ofclub culture. Attracting an audience of [Edinburgh's modern day gladiators. it is the nightlife world's equivalent of the (‘lub 18—30
are rendered irrelevant. But times change. and The Amphitheatre is changing with them. No longer content to linger somewhere in the last decade. it is now playing host to what previously would have been a contradiction in terms — a ‘trcndy’ night.
[)reamscape is the latest venture by the local Dream team. sometime Slam collaborators and purveyors of perfect house. A club with a secure reputation at the forefront ofthe Edinburgh scene and renowned for its upfront dance fusion. it would hardly scent at home amid the cheap glitz | and glarnourof’l‘he Amphitheatre. Indeed.
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choosing to organise an event in such a venue would seertt to be creating further problems in addition to all those already faced by Edinburgh promoters. However. DJ Bootsy does not envisage this initial incredulity to be an insurmountable difficulty.
‘()bviously. one of the major problems which we face is the reputation ofthe venue. But I don't think that we'll attract a typical Amphitheatre crowd. because they are the sort of people who only go out at the weekend and we are not targeting them. It is just a question ofpersuading
those who wouldn‘t normally be seen near the Amphitheatre to go there.‘
The seemingly impossible task of persuading clubbers intent on maintaining individuality to start frequenting a venue synonymous with the middle-of—the-road cart. he feels. be overcome by careful utilisation of hype.
‘By using effective. good quality publicity wisely. we want to emphasise that this is something different: not just another typical night at this venue. Because it is not. We have control over DJs. music policy. door policy. club decoration. Everything. in fact.’
Thus. by making the public aware of their formidable reputation. Dream hope to overcome the inevitable stigma of Lothian Road. 'l'hey are not. however. content merely to rest on their laurels and have effected a change in club policy to coincide with their move. The playlist will be experiencing a sharp shift — from the previous overload of7()s disco. back to house. taking from the past decade a general selection of the strongest tracks. By doing so Bootsy and co hope not only to maintain their regular crowd. but also attract the as-yet uninitiated.
‘We intend to cater for all club-goers. But I don't know where Edinburgh clubbers are at the moment — or indeed ifthey still exist as a breed. However. I reckon there must still be some people left in this city who are into going out and having a good time. This is for them'. Dreumscape at The Amphitheatre, .i’ l I .urliiun Road, Edinburg/zjhnn3 ()ct, llpm—Jum. £2.
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Glasgow‘s Sub Club is not known tor resting on its laurels and true to form. it‘s kicking oil the new season with an all-new (as they say on the Pink Panther Show) Thursday nighter with a difference. Rogue —they do go in tor these catchy one word titles —will not only have a dilterent music policy, but will have more to look at inside than the usual sweaty hordes and light projections. Young and unknown local
commissioned to develop and display their work around the dancelloor, while up and coming musicians will be invited to jam along with appropriate
‘We‘ve worked with the Slam boys at times,‘ explains Paul lrom Rogue. ‘and while they're playing a lot of upiront new stutl on Friday and Saturday, there's a lot at soul stutl and swingbeat
lthat‘s being missed out, and there‘s a lot ot it around just now. The. whole thing‘s really exploded in the North of England. It‘s soul music that’s being made right now- people like Carlton. who has hardly been played at all in clubs, orYargo. lwouldn't even rule out acts like Luther Vandross. ldon‘t think we’re actually trying to do anything new musically, the scene is obviously quite small here, so we‘re trying to otter people as wide a range at black and dance music as possible. We‘ll concentrate on new releases and British records— that whole London sound like Light Of The World and Loose Ends‘.
The idea is to create a laid-back. weeknight leel with a more unusual atmosphere to attractjaded clubbers. ‘lt's a Thursday night, so I wouldn‘t attempt to do anything that involved people hammering away till 5am. Betore, people have been advertising it as a club, but when you turn up it‘s just the Sub Club and a guy playing records -which is line. butyou‘ve got the venue, you might as well do something with it'. (Andrea Baxter)
Rogue kicks oil at the Sub Club, 22 Jamaica Street, Glasgow, on 4 October.