CLUBS: EDINBURGH FRIDAYS continued
I Sublime at Wilkie House. 10.30pm-3am. £8 (£6). 25 Feb. Fortnightly. Last year, a few revellers found themselves in a wet and muddy ﬁeld, celebrating Sublime’s fourth birthday (any excuse, eh?). Suddenly, a stranger got up behind the decks and unleashed one of the most unbelievable epic trance sets, the kind that would make your great aunt throw down her Kenny G albums in disgust, hitch up her tweed twin set and demand a podium to dance upon. The promoters tracked down said DJ and have invited David Begg (from Aberdeen of all places) to guest tonight. If it all gets a bit much, head through to the Blue Room where the boys at work continue to ﬂy the ﬂag for quality electro. nu skool and other brilliant nonsense. Check out http://www.sublime- uk.demon.co.uk/.
I Trancelucent at The Venue. 10.30pm—3am. £5 (£4). 25 Feb. Fortnightly. So successful that they’ve moved into a fortnightly slot, this club continues to provide cutting edge trance with residents Pete Anderson upstairs and in The Cooler, Dave S with smooth house grooves.
I Ultragroove at La Belle Angele. 10.30pm—3am. £5. 3 Mar. Monthly. One of the best garage DJs around is Ashley Beedle and Ultragroove up their kudos more than a few notches tonight when he guests at their club. Those into smooth, quality house and garage will no doubt be glad that this club is back after a month's break due to the refurb of La Belle.
I Up! at Studio 24. 11pm—3am. £6. 3 Mar. Monthly. A brand new night offering funky chunky house to make you dance. There’ll be loads of added extras like Trollettes selling chewing gum, sweeties et al and a chill out room with videos and couches.
Chart a party
I The Ark at The Ark. 10pm—3am. £5 (£3). Weekly. Familiar dance and party tunes at this extremely popular venue.
I The Attic at The Attic. 11pm—3am. £2. Weekly. Musical hits from all the usual susgxtcts.
I Irrt at The Cavendish. 10pm—3am. £6. Weekly. A heady mix of 70s to 905 hits for an over 255 crowd.
I The Funk Train at The Potterrow. 9pm—3am. £7 (£5). 18 Feb. Monthly. The very best in funk and soul, featuring live music from Big Henry’s Soul Cats.
I Fusion at Eros/Elite. 9pm-3am. £4 (£2) before 11pm; £5 (£3) before midnight; £6 (£5) after. Weekly. Lots of mainstream party music for those out for a good time. I Loea at boca. 8pm—3am. Free entry before 11pm; £2 before 1am; £4 after. Weekly. A fun mix of chart, dance and disco for a more mature crowd.
I Reaction at The Subway. 11pm—3am. Free for students with matriculation card; £2 otherwise. Weekly. A mix of chart, dance and classic disco.
I The Subway West End at The Subway West End. 4pm—3am. £1. Weekly. DJs playing chart music for a drinking crowd. I Tevrot Fridays at Teviot Row House. 9pm—3am. Free to students. Weekly. Four bars, three levels, two clubs, all with a charty theme - what more could you ask? I The Time Tunnel at Club Mercado. 10pm—3am. £5. Weekly. Trendy Wendy and Vince Stilton the Cheesernaster take you through the 605, 705 and 805.
I Why Not? at Why Not? 10pm—3am. £5. Weekly. Mainstream chart and disco at this poeular city centre venue.
I um Yum at Revolution. 10pm—3am. £5—£7. Weekly. Chart and dance night at this very popular club.
I Catwalk at Catwalk. 9pm—lam. Free. Week] .See Friday.
I (In Java at Club Java. 10pm—2am. Free. Weekly. DJ Gibbo plays happy house and soulful garage.
I Cuba Norte at Cuba Norte. 10pm-1am. Free. Weekly. lt’s Saturday so it must be salsa - check DJs Jorge, Coco and James Combe on rotation.
I Czech This Out at Pivo. 9pm—1am. Free.
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Edinburgh DJ, producer and club promoter .Io Malik has rolled with the punches thrown by the local scene for ten years now. During this time he’s had some pretty heavy blows to contend with, not least the recent demise of Cafe Graffiti which was home to the supremely popular Lizzard Lounge. Only a few months ago it seemed to Malik that the game must up, but then a tempting offer from La Belle Angele came along.
'La Belle approached me and said they were going to spend a lot of money renovating the club,’ Malik explains, ’and that sold me. They’re going to up the capacity to 500 and turn the place into the main venue in
And one of the heavyweight attractions of the new improved venue will undoubtedly be Malik's new club Futuristica. Featuring a strictly modern playlist, he believes that the sound of now comes in recognition of the diversity of world music. Influenced by drum 8: bass, Afro beats, hip hop and house, Malik believes that ’music's changed over the past two years, you can't really define it, it's just reflecting how all the barriers have been broken down. Also, European music is really coming over now, mainly from Germany and Scandinavia. People have been calling it future jazz or new wave jazz, personally I just call it new music.’
Malik will be joined on the decks by international player, Daryl G, a DJ who Malik describes as his ideal 'sparring partner’, and as with all Malik's projects, the live dimension continues to play a vital role with Sassafras guesting on the first night. ‘It doesn’t matter whether the band is signed or unsigned,’ claims Malik. 'All that matters is that you know the band is making new and exciting music’. (Catherine Bromley)
a Futurist/ca starts fortnight/y at La Belle Ange/e from Sat 79 Feb.
Weekly. On a progressive tip, Neil McKay (Cream) lays on his fave tunes at this popular bar (19 Feb). followed by man about town Stuart Duncan (26 Feb) also doing the progressive thing.
I ehl more at ehl. 9pm—1am. Free. Weekly. Garage and house DJs on rotation. I Made In Iguana at Iguana. 9pm—lam. Free. Weekly. Colin Cook presents a night ofAfro beats and Latin fusion blended with the best of New York house.
I 02 at Oxygen. 10pm—1am. Free. Weekly.
The fresh air might not be free but the DJs are. Murray Richardson and Craig Smith pla for your pleasure.
I Salsa Con Sabor at Baracoa. 8pm—1am. Free. Weekly. DJ Hector looks after lovers of Latin.
I Atomic Baby at E2K (formerly Eden). Monthly. Next date 4 Mar.
I Boogie Mo Dynamo at The Bongo Club. 11pm—3am. £7 (£5). 26 Feb. Monthly. Kicking off their monthly Saturday slot at the Bongo with big beefy beats madness from residents Smack and Believe, joined in the Visitation Room once again by Sublime‘s Blue Room maestros Felix and Gary Mac. For those that were wise enough to catch the Friday gig at the start of the month, you’ll know that Boogie M0 is back, on track and fatter than ever, and we love it!
I Camel Beats at Bar Nego (Negociants). 8pm-3am. £3 (£2). Weekly. Rob Dylan and Maxx play the sub-Saharan sounds of funky house for your Turkish delight.
I CC. Blooms at CC. Blooms. 11pm—3am. Free. Weekly. Get up and move those hips at this very busy gay bar/club.
I Club Oxygen at Studio 24. 10.30pm-3am. £10 before midnight; £13 after. 26 Feb. Monthly. With each of the nights themed (tonight’s one is ‘fire and ice’), you can expect something a little out of the ordinary. Nick Rafferty (from the outrageously good time Sundissential in Birmingham) guests, joining DJ Alpha and Mickey Dow. Through in the chillout room, Sally Vegas cuts up the kitsch and the cheese, if you please.
I Cream at The Potterrow. 9pm—3am. £8 (£6). 26 Feb. Monthly. Cream’s superstar
DJ Seb Fontaine and their coolest man (by far) Les Ryderjoin local wannabes Gaz Long and Neil McKay for a night of big house sounds.
I Digital at The Venue (Basement). 10.30pm-3am. £3. 19 Feb. Fortnightly. Mitchell and J Cammera reside at this funky techno club, that tonight includes live PA from Di/Version. Arrive early ‘cos this one heaves.
I Disco Inferno at The Venue. 10.30pm-3am. £7 (£6 members; £5 in fancy dress). 19 Feb. Fortnightly. All you can do is step back in time . . . make a night of it at this brilliant tongue in cheek 70$ revival. Dig out your maddest flares, stick on some sideburns and don a crazy afro, baby.
I Diva at The Liquid Room. 11pm—5am. £6 (£5). Weekly. Yogi Haughton maintains a tight grip on the music policy and invites his favourite DJ pals to join him in his crusade for the very finest in disco music, all with a great Latin, jazz and funk edge. This is an outstanding club at a great venue. I The Egg at The Wee Red Bar. 11pm-33m. £4 (£3.50). Weekly. A mix of indie, 60s garage, northern soul, ska, soundtracks and all things groovy at this ever popular Art College student union.
I Eye Candy at Club Mercado. 11pm-3am. £10 (£8, £6 for the outrageously dressed). 19 Feb. Fortnightly. Great big glam house numbers at this suitably glam venue. Lots of fun.
I Fake at The Potterrow. 9pm-3am. £5 (£3). 19 Feb. Monthly. Uplifting house and trance at this high capacity venue.
I Filth at Studio 24. Filth has now finished; Min in‘ is fortnightly.
I Fire Islan at Wilkie House. 10.30pm—3am. £5 before 11pm; £10 after. 26 Feb. Monthly. Daz Davies, James, Steven Graham and Chris Bourne build the main room up to fever pitch with hard and funky house, while it goes all disco retrospective through the back.
I Futuristica at La Belle Angele. 10.30pm—3am. £8 (£7). 19 Feb. Fortnightly. Jo Malik’s brand new night showcasing the finest new music at the cutting edge with himselfand Daryl G DJing, joined tonight by the outstanding drum & bass band Sassafras, who have blown the place apart
whenever they play. See panel.
I Headspin at The Bongo Club. Monthly. Next date 11 Mar.
I Intergalactic at Holyrood House. 9pm-3am. £5 (£3). 26 Feb. Fortnightly. Indie night recently moved from Potterrow to this more intimate student venue, featuring an eclectic playlist including Belle 3. Sebastian. Beastie Boys and Blur. I Joy at Wilkie House. Monthly. Next date 4 Mar.
I Last Night A DJ Stole My Wife at Po Na Na. 11pm-3am. £3. Weekly. DJ 4th Varmint, keeping it real with the old skool to nu skool choppy changey thing.
I The Lizzard Lounge at La Belle Angele. 10pm—3am. £7 (£6). 26 Feb. Fortnightly. Tonight marks the launch of the bounge with DJ Marco Nelson, from the legendary Young Disciples. guesting. The residents for your audio pleasure are Jo Malik, with whom you will be familar. and new Lounge ressie, Eh?Wun! who has been around for ages, is supremely talented and a worthy addition to this club.
I Logic at The Vaults. 10.30pm—3am. £10 (£8). Weekly. Back with a vengeance, catch Asam Q, Andy McQuarrie and Sean Pearson laying on progressive trance, tech house and funky house over three rooms. I Luvely at Wilkie House. 10.30pm—3am. £10(£7). 19 Feb. Monthly. Right boys and girls (and boys dressed as girls), time again for your monthly dose of all things glam, gay and outrageous. Still poised at the top of ‘best nights out in Scotland‘ (say we), Luvcly continues to deliver a night of hands in the air hard house and banging numbers. The back is given over to speed garage, and is only a fraction less rocking. All in all, one of the best nights of the month, guaranteed.
I The Mambo Club at The Cavendish. 10pm—3am. £5 (£4). Weekly. World music with Sir Ossie playing the full spectrum of African, soca, Latin, salsa, reggae and ragga sounds.
I Melting Pot at Jazz Joint. 10pm—3am. £5. 26 Feb. Fortnightly. Big Latin funk sounds led by trumpeter Colin Steele with Paul Mills (Average White Band) on drums. I Messenger Sound System at The Bongo Club. 10pm—3am. £tbc. 19 Feb. Fortnightly. Edinburgh’s most favoured reggae club, Messenger pays tribute tonight to the late Crown Prince of reggae, Dennis Emmanuel Brown. Attracting a friendly and studenty crowd, this is one of the jewels in the capital’s clubbing crown.
I Mingin' at Studio 24, upstairs only. 10.30pm—3am. £5. 26 Feb. Fortnightly. Alan Joy has wound down Filth and turned Mingin’ fortnightly. Expect an intense and intimate affair, with dark and dirty trance the mainstay from Alan and Brian Dempster. Highly recommended.
I The Mission at Studio 24. 11pm—3am. £5 (£4). 19 Feb. Fortnightly. This is one of Scotland’s biggest alternative clubs with three floors of rock, goth and indie/dance which should suit just about everyone’s tastes.
I Noa at Noa. 10pm-3am. Free entry before midnight; £6 after. Weekly. Jon Flowers, Martin Valentine and Craig Phillips mix up US house and garage.
I Nuspirit at Henry’s Cellar Bar. Monthly. Next date 4 Mar with Neon Fusion live.
I Scratch at The Venue (top ﬂoor). 10.30pm—3am. £6 (£5). 26 Feb. Fortnightly. One of Glasgow’s excellent Freak Menoovers crew, DJ Bunty crosses the M8 to hang with Edinburgh’s finest. After wowing the crowds at the recent HF and European Battle at London’s Jazz Cafe, we are expecting major things from the boy. He joins Lyley, Richie Ruftone, Gino and Extra.
I Shebang at Wilkie House. Monthly. Next date 11 Mar.
I Substantial at E2K (formerly Eden). Monthly. Next date 11 Mar with Jazzy M (Ministry Of Sound).
I Teaseage at The Citrus. 11pm—3am. £4. Weekly. Indie, with a touch of dance and funk, played to a packed and sweaty crowd. I Tribal Funktion at The Venue. llpm-3am. £7 (£5). 26 Feb. Fortnightly. Well, whaddayaknow? Chicago house kingpin Gene Farris promises to show up tonight after his unfortunate no show last December. Assuming that he does (and he