THERE’S A confusing array of clubs running over flew Year weekend but Edinburgh’s llogmanay has creamed off three of Edinburgh’s choicest nightlife options for its party nights. Tribal Funktion, Yip Yap and Disco Inferno have all been co-opted to induce you to skank, strut and rock through the bells and beyond.

With a combination of well- orchestrated house (main room) and funk-tinged hip-hop chill out Tribal Funktion justifiably ranks as one of Edinburgh’s best club offerings. An up-for-it crowd on a seriously flew York Paradise Garage vibe packs the place out every other Thursday.

Students and an indigenous Edinburgh

clubcore alike rock out to the rhythmic nuances of the trance- tbrough-garage house soundclash. The recent AFA benefit with The Drum Club, Justin Robertson and Drde Meikle in a bursting-at-the-seams Venue was a culmination of two years hard work without the superficial embellishment of big name guest spots. Its frenzied reception was perhaps a pointer for things to come and a stormin’ llogmanay should be assured.

The stylish and garage-diva- delightful Yip Yap should add another facet of premium house to the llogmanay revels. Extremely popular yet unfortunately without a permanent home, La Belle Angele has hosted its spiritual and intimate little affairs for some months now. A divinely melodic musical persuasion,

helped by the prodigious talents of Gareth Somerville (one of Scotland's finest and largely unsung DJs), skilfully takes garage to the fringes of 90s disco and back again.

Finally trawling the depths of full-on 70s disco (in the best possible way) will be Disco inferno. aneasibly popular and heaving with devotees of the platform and the flare, this glittery tinsel-fest of a club should add a glossy veneer to the flew Year proceedings. Party on. (Bethan Cole)

Tribal Funktion and Disco Inferno are at the Revels in the Assembly Rooms on Rogmanay and the First flight Fling at the Traverse on flew Year’s Day. Yip Yap is at the Revels.




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j I Grassmarket Fair The Grassmarket. l0am—5pm. Free. Covered market in three

1 tents. featuring books. crafts and antiques

with food stalls and children‘s fair-ground.

Q Today‘s entertainment includes jugglers

Hipside with music from ceilidh band the

Tartan Amoebas and inner Sense will hold

' a drumming workshop. Stall-holders information on (BI 22.5 7608.


I llogmanay Carnival Waterloo Place. noon-l lpm. The fair is coming to town and taking over most of the east end of Princes Street. There will be all the usual attractions like dodgems and waltzers. with the odd goldfish-in-a-bag. no doubt. Also some of the latest hi-tech rides to scare the living tlaylights out of you. I Torchlight Procession St Giles Street. 7—8.3()pm. Free. The procession with flaming torches to Callon Hill marks the official opening of Edinburgh‘s Hogmanay with proceeds to Edinburgh and Bosnian children‘s charities. Street performers. including drumming troupes Sheboom and Inner Sense will be doing their thing along the route. Vouchers costing £3. which can be exchanged for torches on the night. are available from Safeway stores. Assentny Rooms. Balmoral Hotel. Post Office at WaterltX) Place ( l2.3()—4.30pm) and \k'aterslone's booksellers. I Fire Festival Caiton Hill. 8.3()-- 10.30pm. Free. Gather after the procession for a huge bonfire. Music and street theatre including Cirqurious and juggiers Flipside with a battle re- enactment from The Clann (see preview).

for more live music and entertainment.

I flew Year Revels Assembly Rooms. George Street. 9.30pm-3am. £i5. Tickets from Ticketline 220 4349. TOCTA 557 6969, Virgin and Ripping Records. Edinburgh's Hogmanay takes over the whole of the Assembly Rooms for drinking. dancing. live music. food and more drinking with a shot bar supplying

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frozen Absolut vodka. BBC Radio Scotland’s The Usual Suspects will be broadcast live from the venue with sets by bands including The "whiskey Brothers, The River Detectives, The Raisers (see preview). lnner Sense, Tartan Amoebas and squeezebox-meister Simon Thoumire; a poetry reading from lil lochneed; and DJs from top Edinburgh clubs Tribal Funktion. Yip Yap and Disco inferno (see preview). Revellers arriving before

1 1.30pm will be given pass-out so they can take part in the street events at the bells.

I Street Theatre Princes Street. From

1 lpm. Free. See Street Party for performers.

I Concert in the Gardens Princes Street Gardens. l0.30pm-12.30am. £5. Tickets from Ticketline 557 4349. Virgin. Ripping Records. The cast from l.es Miserables perform hits from this and other musicals. The Scottish Fiddle Orchestra performs a selection of favourites and there will be a set from

top Scottish folk band Capercaillie. Event finishes at 12.30am.

I Grassmarket Fair The Grassmarket. 10am‘5pm. Free. See 30 Dec for details. I llogmanay Carnival Waterloo Place. noon»! lpm. See 30 Dec for details.

I Candelit Concert at the Cathedral St Giles Cathedral. 8—9.45pm. £5. Tickets available from Cathedral and Ticketline. The choir of St Giles performs music by Mendelsson. Brahms. Mozart and Bach. together with 'ln the Bleak Midwinter' and 'The Hallelujah Chorus‘.

I Street Party Parliament Square.

9.304 lpm. Free. The countdown to midnight starts near the Tron as usual with

entertainment and street theatre including jugglers Flipside. ceilidh band the Tartan Amoebas. trapeze artists Skinning the Cat, Meynell Games and th-Shore Street

Circus. which specialises in ‘sound

. sculpture and UV body-painting'. At the

end the party will head for Princes Street


I Stage at The Mound Princes Street. From I lpm. Bands confirmed for the open-air stage include llorse, The River Detectives, The Silencers, Goodbye Mr Mackenzie and The llumpff Family. The countdown to midnight will be handled by Radio Forth DJs and a possible mvstery Celeb.

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I Music for flew Year’s Day City Arts Centre. Market Street. i—5pm. Free. If the plink-plink fizz treatment doesn‘t work. try this soothing programme of contemporary classical and jazz by young Scottish composers and musicians. Also Shorelines exhibition featuring paintings inspired by the sea. I Arthur’s Seat Triathlon Royal Commonwealth Pool. Dalkeith Road. 2pm. For many it could be a case of kill or cure; run round Arthur‘s Seat. then cycle round it three times and finally swim eight lengths of the Commie pool. Think you're up to it? if so. registration costs £5 and entry forms. which can be obtained from any council sports centre. have to be returned by 24 December. There is a competitors category but for ordinary mortals there is a prize draw which gives anyone who finishes the chance to win £500.

I Mr Boom on the First Afternoon Traverse Theatre. Cambridge Street. 3—4pm. £3.50. Tickets from the venue and Ticketline. 220 4349. The kids' favourite entertainer does a one-off Edinburgh show.

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I £.T. - The Drive-in Movie New Street Car Park. New Street. 4pm. £5 per car. Amazingly it‘s not on telly this year. but you can catch Spielberg‘s kids' sci-ii classic at the drive-in. All you need is a motor with an AM radio and a few friends. Audiences are encouraged to dress warmly and bring a flask (hip or Thermos. presumably) so they don't have to sit with the engine running. The films are individually priced.

I llogmanay Carnival Waterloo Place. 6pm-l lpm. I Grease - The Drive-in Movie New 3 Street Car Park. New Street. 7pm. £5 per ; car. See above for details. All together: ‘You‘re the one that i want. ooh. ooh. ; ooh!‘ I The First flight Party Traverse Theatre. Cambridge Street. 9.30pm—3am. £10. Tickets frotn the

venue. Virgin. Ripping Records and Ticketline on 220 434‘). Take the last

tenner from the cashpoint and draw on

your final reserves ofenergy to enjoy: . DJs from Tribal Funktion and Disco i Inferno (see preview): 60s a capella from The Frigidaires; plus ceilidh dancing and. yes. more drinking.

I The Blues Brothers - The Drive In- Movie New Street Car Park. New Street. l0pm. £5 per car. The R ‘n' 8 classic from the good old days when John Belushi was the fat one. not Dan Aykroyd.

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