Luver Lite Edinburgh:Wilkie House, Sat 15 Jul.
Customer relations are crucial to every successful business and clubbing is no exception. After extensive research and due consideration, the promoter of hard house night Luvely, George Paterson, is giving Edinburgh's clubbers exactly what they want. Namely Luvely but with a lighter, funkier music policy. When Luvely arrived on the Edinburgh club scene four years ago, the crowds went wild for the glammed-up, gay-friendly atmosphere. Hairdressers from
Luvely Lite concentrates on the funkier end of the house spectrum
Paterson's S.A. salon came down to create wild styles for the dancefloor, and massage was laid on to limber the clubbers up for the night. Care was, and still is, taken to ensure a good balance between gay and straight clubbers so that everyone at the club feels comfortable and not in the minority.
Luvely Lite will retain all of these winning features but will be something of a first for Wilkie House in that the main room will showcase the lighter, more vocal side of house and the backroom will be dedicated to hard house. This reversal will hopefully open the Luvely experience to a much wider audience. As Paterson explains: 'Luvely Lite will be for the people out there who really like the vibe of Luvely but have trouble getting into the music because it's too
hard for them'.
The launch party 'White Lite‘ will continue the theme policy of Luvely, with clubbers given priority entry if they dress in the spirit of the Balearic Isles (i.e. anything white or revealing). Big-name DJs aren't generally favoured by the club: 'The last thing we want is a DJ that brings a crowd', explains Paterson, ‘because we've got that side of things covered already'. As an exception though, tonight’s event will see Mark Bambach, of Home and Heaven, joining the resident DJs John Edwards and Tommy K. (Catherine Bromley)
I Subtle Logic at Studio 24. 10.30pm—3am. £6 (£4 for those dressed as the opposite sex). 7 Jul. Monthly. Ladyboys Rod and Ross are your hosts for a night of transsexual experimentation on a ‘Thai me up’ theme. They’ll be joined in their paid-for liaisons by special guest Filthy Rich the diny bitch (Sanctuary, Aberdeen and Cream, apparently) who indulges in three-deck-type mixing.
I Trancelucent at The Venue (top floor). 10.30pm—3am. £5 (£4). 14 Jul. Fortnightly. Cutting edge house and trance with residents Pete Anderson and Dave S.
I Up! at Studio 24 (uplstairs). 10.30pm—3am. £6. 21 Jul. Monthly. A cozy, gay-friendly affair upstairs at Studios with resident Nic Cavendish supplying quality trance and progressive house on decks. Visit www.upclub.co.uk for more info, orjust because you fancy interacting with some pretty damn cool graphics.
Chart & party
I Lovebug at The Ark. 10pm—3am. £5 (£4). Weekly. Party tunes for party people at this partv venue.
I Canned Heat at Gaia. 10pm—3am. £2 before midnight; £4 after. DJ Harry Let’s Go lays on the pop and partied-up funk, disco and house tunes, plus the latest beats from the barrio upstairs in Latino Loco with DJ Nano.
I Friday at Club Java. 4.30pm—2am. Free. Weekly. No need to travel uptown as Leith gets its own hang-out, featuring DJ, drinks promos and the chance to enjoy coffee and cake in the upstairs lounge.
I Fusion at Eros/Elite. 9.30pm—3am. £4 (£3) before 11pm; £5 (£4) before midnight; £6 (£5) after. Weekly. Moving in a more dancey direction, with house and garage hits and regular live PAs.
I Gorgeous at Loca. 10pm-3am. Free before midnight; £3 (£2 with flyer) after. Weekly. Mainstream chart and party action. I Night To Remember at The Cavendish. 10pm—3am. £6. Weekly. Or not, given the price they’re giving their drinks away at. Over 25s.
I The Subway at The Subway. 7pm—3am. £2 (£1). Weekly. See Thu.
I The Subway West End at The Subway West End. 7pm—3am. Free before 9pm; £l—£3. Weekly. See Thu.
I The Time Tunnel at Club Mercado.
10pm—3am. £5. Weekly. Trendy Wendy and Vince Stilton the Cheesemaster take you on a musical journey through the 60s. 70s and 80s.
I Why Not? at Why Not? 10pm-3am. £5. Weekly. Mainstream chart and disco at this popular city centre venue.
I Yum Yum at Revolution. 10pm—3am. £5—-£7. Weekly. Chart and dance night at this very popular club.
I Atomic Baby at Bliss. 8-10pm. Free. 15 Jul. Fortnightly. A warm-up to the club featuring Atomic Baby regulars Scott Brown, Bruce Nicholson, Stevie Wilson and Scott MacKenzie.
I Big Soup at W]. Christies. ()pm—lam. Free. Weekly. A laid-back Sat warm-up from Bill Spice and guests.
I Cuba Norte at Cuba Norte. 10pm—1am. Free. Weekly. lt’s Sat so it must be salsa. I Funk And Disorderly at The City Cafe. ()pm—lam. Free. 15 Jul. Fortnightly. Yogi Haughton looks after the downstairs goings-on with his fine selection of R&B, dancefloor all and rare groove.
I The Gil ed Saloon at The Gilded Saloon. 6pm—lam. Free. Weekly. See Fri. I Immersed In Music at Pivo. ()pm—lam. Free. Weekly. Craig Gillespie of Soul Searchin’ is back behind the decks on 8 Jul, with the soulful house stylings of Gareth Sommerville (Ultragroove) on Sat 15 Jul.
I Latino Loco at Baracoa. 9pm—lam. Free. Hot-to-trot Latin and salsa tunes.
I Made In Iguana at Iguana. 9pm-lam. Free. Top tunes from deep house man Colin Cook (Ultragroove). George T of Tribal Funktion joins him behind the decks on 8 Jul.
I Manga at PopRokit. ()pm—lam. Free. 15 Jul. This old and tired hack is well impressed with the pace of the kids these days: Manga are billing this event as an ‘after-party’ to their club event last night. Party on!
I NYC at Bliss. ()pm—lam. Free. Fortnightly. 8 Jul. Stephen Allan is your resident, playing the sounds of the New York underground.
I Saturday Night Live at PopRokit. ()pm—lam. Free. 8 Jul only. Scratch and
Motherfunk collide to create a hip hop- funk fest in this Broughton Street (well Picard Place as well really) basement.
I Yus ! at the City Cafe. 9pm—lam. Free. 8 Jul. Fortnightly. A.J., of Blacka’nized, has the bases of ragga, hip hop and funk well covered.
I Acetate at The Liquid Room. Monthly. Next date 22 Jul.
I Atomic Baby at La Belle Angele. 10.30pm—2am. £10; £8 before midnight. 15 Jul. Fortnightly. Michael Kilkie, Zammo, Stuart Duncan and Scott Brown spin the sort of solid house grooves that have made them their reputation.
I Barry Cabanas at The Liquid Room. 10.30pm-3am. £8 (£7); £6 for those dressed according to the theme. 8 Jul. Monthly. Roll up, roll up for another dose of madness from the crew who considered what was missing from Edinburgh clubbing and decided there was a horrible lack of dodgy cabaret, offensive live shows and excuses to dress up. Well they’ve put an end to that then. Tonight‘s bill features all the usual suspects as well as a fancy dress fashion show from Yo Yo and music from Harry Lets Go (that’s Tribal Funktion’s H in silly mode).
I Blast at Club Mercado. 11pm—4am. £10 (£8). 15 Jul. Fortnightly. A night worth making the effort for, with glammed-up punters and funky house tunes, brought to you by Huggy Burger Queen and Markell. I Boogie Mo Dynamo at The Bongo Club. Monthly. Next date 29 Jul, which sees the return of Wreckage.
I CC. Blooms at CC. Blooms. 10.30pm—3am (bar from 6pm). Free. Weekly. DJ Ally is back again with more of her trademark high-camp-to-house musical action.
I Change at The Liquid Room. 10.30pm—3am. £9 (£7). 15 Jul. Monthly. Neil McKay and Jay Storic are at the helm of this night, with a tech-house and progressive vibe which aims to push forward the boundaries of the current Edinburgh scene.
I Cool Runnings at The Venue (Cooler). 10.30pm—3am. £3. 8 Jul only. DJ Dirtsman is back, with a hip hop, ragga and R&B selection.
I Cream at Potterrow Students’ Union will return next term — watch out for their International Club Festival launch party on 4 Aug at Teviot.
I Digital at The Venue (top floor). 10.30pm—3am. £5 (£4). 8 Jul. Fortnightly. This fortnight’s event is a bit of a going- away party for local DJ Yella. Not only does he get a shot on decks, but he’ll be joined by regular guest Aubray (Solid Groove Recs) who’ll be playing out on a funky tech-house vibe. J. Cammera, Mitchell and Finnie reside.
I Disco Dock at Club Java. 10pm—2am. £5 (£4). 8 Jul. Monthly. MC Otis, who some of you may remember from Disco Inferno and Vegas. is the man with the mike and the disco soundtrack at this brand new night down at Edinburgh‘s dock of the bav.
I The Egg at The Wee Red Bar.
1 1pm—3am. £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. llpm—4am. £10 (£8); £6 for the outrageously dressed. 8 Jul. Fortnightly. Eye Candy continues to feed Edinburgh‘s demand for great big glam house nights, with residents Graeme Popstar and Nejat Barton. The ‘no effort, no chance‘ dress code doesn’t seem to be scaring them away either.
I Fiesta Latina at Teviot Row Union. Monthly. Next date 22 Jul.
I Headspin at The Bongo Club. 10.30pm—3am. £6 (£5). 15 Jul. Monthly. Collin Millar, Steve Austin, David Morrison and Trendy Wendy step up to the decks fora mixed-up hip hop, trip hop and funk frenzy.
I Intermission at Studio 24. Monthly. Next date 2‘) Jul.
I The Jazz Joint at The Jazz Joint. 10pm—3am. £5. Weekly. Band on stage midnight. Slices of weighty soul-futtk front
Groove Diggaz, featuring vocals from Tony King, on 8 Jul, with hot Latin action from Colin Steele's six piece Mas Que Nada on 15 Jul.
I Joy at Wilkie House. Monthly. Next date 2 Jul, when Joy celebrates it’s seventh birthday (can we have another glitter party, pleecease?)
I Jungle Magic at The Liquid Room. Monthly. Next date 29 Jul.
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 beats thing.
I Latin Explosion at The Cavendish. 10pm-3am. £5. Weekly. A night for lovers of all things Latin from Salsa Connections, with top tunes and totally tropical danceﬂoor action.
I Luvely at Wilkie House. 10pm—3am. £10 (£8). 8 Jul. Monthly. The main room residents, Rich 8., Jared and new boy Tommy K, keep the tempo up with hard and funky house, with lighter relief up-back from Scott G and Josh Barber. The theme is ‘tropical nights’ so grab those Hawaiian shirts and hula on down. Those who prefer the sounds of the backroom might want to check out Luvely’s latest project, Luvely Lite — see separate listing and panel.
I Luvely Lite at Wilkie House. 10pm—3am. £10(.£8). 15 Jul. Bi-monthly. A new project directed at all the Luvelics out there who crave a lighter house sound. The launch night features special guest Mark Bambach (of Home, Heaven and Coco-Latte) alongside John Edwards, with hard house boys Tommy K and GP being relegated to the back room. The theme is ‘white lite’ to bring a bit of Balearic brightness to Wilkie House. See panel.
I Magic Bus at The Venue (Cooler).
Ma yic Bus has finished.
I T e Mambo Club at The Cavendish. 10pm—3am. £4 before midnight; £5 after. Weekly. Your second serving of music of black origin this week, on a reggae, ragga, R&B, rap and hip hop tip. Or head upstairs for salsa action at Latin Explosion (see separate listing).
I Messenger Sound System at The Bongo Club. llpm—3am. £6.50. 8 Jul. Fortnightly. Dub and roots reggae, with tonight’s fare billed as ‘music history part two’, taking in the early reggae sounds, from Studio One to King Tubby.
I Midsummer Night's Dream at Ego. 7pm—3am. Free, but ticketed (get yours on 478 7435). 15 Jul only. More party shenanigans with drinks promos and sets from a whole host of regular Ego DJs. Things start off early with a barbecue in The Outhouse garden, with the club proper kicking off at 10pm. Music comes courtesy of Gail Sellars (Shebang) and Harvey, with 3 Piece Sweet playing party tunes in The Cocteau Lounge.
I Mingin' at Studio 24 (upstairs). 10.30pm—3am. £5. 15 Jul. Fortnightly. No- nonsense clubbing for a gay-friendly crowd. The evening starts off with hard house from Brian Dempster. followed by Alan Joy’s particular brand of dark and dirty trance.
I The Mission at Studio 24. 11pm—3am. £5 (£4). 8 Jul. Fortnightly. Following the old Mission (Victoria Street) formula of three ﬂoors of alternative activity, with goth and industrial sounds on the top floor. rock and new metal strummings on the main floor, and indie-flavoured. skate, punk and generally weird goings-on iii the back room.
I NASA at The Venue. NASA has now finished.
I Noa at Noa. l0pm—3am. Free entry before midnight; £6 after. Weekly. Jon Flowers, Martin Valentine (Taste) and Craig Phillips mix up US house and garage.
I Nuspirit at The Jazz Joint. Monthly. Next date 5 Aug.
I Oxygen at Studio 24. l0pm—3am. £10 before midnight; £13 after. 15 Jul. Monthly. The glam house party continues with special guest Rachel Auburn joining rezzies Alpha and Dowzer. Forget the miserable Scottish weather and get rigltt into the holiday spirit with their ‘foam beach party’.
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