Edinburgh clubbers are already familiar with the Vegas phenomenon, but Glasgow is in for a big surprise this fortnight when the guys and dolls shift west. Jack Mottram spins the conversational roulette wheel.
What's all this then? Frankie Sumatra, Bugsy Seagull, Dino Martini and the Vegas Showgirls are coming to town with their glitzy glamour experience.
I have absolutely no idea what you're
talking about. Time for a potted history
then; Vegas launched three years back
as a reaction to the prevailing tedium of
bog-standard housey-housey clubbing, with the aim of creating an old- fashioned party atmosphere. As the
name suggests, punters are encouraged
to find the Rat Packer inside themselves.
Ooh. Do I get to play dress up? indeed you do, the kids are asked to emulate the improbably monikered disc jockeys and get dolled up to the nines in suitably retro gear.
Retro? Does that mean loads of po- faced art student mods will be there? Not at all, the retro theming is pretty loose, based around idiosyncratic old tunes, be they from the golden throat of Ol’ Blue Eyes himself, Latin percussion workouts or Shirley Bassey belters.
Are there any fun games to play? However did you guess? The Vegas theme is a bit of an excuse for an array
of interactive entertainment options. Or
games, as you call them. The lovely Vegas Showgirls are all set to distribute
dollar bills from the Bank of Elvis, which
can be used as currency in the casino featuring those Las Vegas staples, the roulette wheel and blackjack table. If
your ship comes in, winnings are paid in
drinks tokens. It‘s a win-win situation, unlike real gambling.
How fab. Anything else? Well, the Edinburgh club holds regular limbo dancing and hula hoop competitions,
with bottles of fizz for the champs. And the Vegas crew have their collective eye on west coast domination, so keep your
eyes peeled (and your safari suit pressed) for forthcoming events.
a Vegas at The Renfrew Ferry, Glasgow,
Sat 22 Jul.
84 THE LIST 20 Jul—3 Aug 2000
GLASGOW MONDAYS: PRE-CLUB LISTINGS continued
I Playstation League at Bar Jedi. 9pm—midnight. Free. Weekly. For kids sore of thumb and pallid of complexion. A case of lager is up for grabs for the top gun gamer, assuming you can drag yourselves away from the ‘station at home.
I Burn at The Apartment. 11pm—3am. Free for staff of any pub or club; £3 to everyone else. Weekly. A top party atmosphere guaranteed thanks to the thumping dance classics unleashed by Norm and Richard.
I The Monday Club at The Velvet Rooms. 11pm—3am. £3 (£2). Weekly. Chris Hesketh mixes up R&B, garage and house at this night. Entry is free to all shop, bar, restaurant and club staff, generously enough.
I Passionality at Planet Peach. 11.30pm—3am. £3 (£2 with flyer). Weekly. Gay night that invites you to ‘come get passionate’. Funnin enough, the music, courtesy of DJ Andy (Bennet’s/Sadie’s), promises to be cheesy chart, upfront house and handbag.
I Speedracer at The Garage. 10.30pm—3am. £5 (£3). Weekly. Indie classics with the odd daft party tune thrown in for the usual crazy crowd.
I Dub Night at The Variety Bar. 8pm—midnight. Free. Weekly. Stevie Donaldson (Bar 10) playing, oddly enough,dub.
I Club Salsa Sabrosa at Havana Bar. 8pm—midnight. £4 (£3.50). Weekly. DJs Keith and Alexis provide you with a cool night of Latin tunes, with merengue and salsa classes from 8pm.
I Bar 10 at Bar 10. Weekly. A new chance for aspiring DJ talent to get noticed: every week three bedroom turntablists spin their discs, the best being selected by the crowd, who then progress to the final, where DJs and promoters from various clubs grant the cream of the crop a chance to play at their venue or club.
I Basics at g2. llpm—3am. £5 (£3). Weekly. Jon Mancini from Colours playing out his usual high quality house. I Eden at Alaska. 11pm—3am. £4 (£2). Weekly. One for the students, with the usual classics of academe downstairs thanks to Alan Ronald. plus some charging party tunes and a smattering of house upstairs from Scott Mackay of The Tunnel. Further proof that Tuesdays are the new Thursdays.
I F.U.N. at Planet Peach. 11pm—3am. £3. Weekly. Gay night featuring the traditional hodge podge of cheesy chart action and camp handbaggagc courtesy of DJ Georgie Boy and regular live PAs. I Havana at October Cafe (Princes Square). Next date 2Aug.
Chart & party
I Laid at The Temple. 10.30pm—3am. £3 (£2). Weekly. Student night with the cheesiest of cheese, regular tribute bands and the odd foam party.
I Goo Goo at The Velvet Rooms. 11pm—3am. £4 (£3). Weekly. Paul Melon claims to be ‘The King of Cheese’, while Dave Mulholland whacks out the commercial house and garage.
I Shooting Stars at The Garage. llpm—3am. £4 (£3). Weekly. Gerry and Iain keep the drunk kids happy with charty house and po hits.
I The Shimmy Clu at Bennet’s. 11.30pm—3am. £3 (£1.50). A straightish and studenty night at the gay venue, with Raymond Davren maintaining the party atmosphere.
I Slave Boy Tuesday at Slave. 10pm—3am. £3 (£2). Weekly. Hostess Ms Mi-Mi-Martini and resident Jon Fraser with handbag and hardbag albums at the club’s gay night.
I T.I.T. at Trash. 10.30pm—3am. £4 (£2). Weekly. Rory Weller with hands-in-the-
air, foot-stomping house and trance, plus Graham churning out the student sounds in room two.
I Yang at Yang. 1 1pm—3am. Free before midnight; £3 after. Weekly. Northern soul and funk grooves from Gerry Love (Teenage Fanciub) and Chris Geddes (Belle And Sebastian). Live bands appear on an ad hoc basis upstairs.
I Algo Differente at Havana Bar. 8.30pm—1ate. £4 (£3). Weekly. Arrive early for salsa tuition, then revel in the Salsa Sabrosa crew’s high octane Latin set.
I Club Santiago at Brel. 9pm—midnight. Free. Weekly. Latino grooves with Marcelo and Manuelo Cifuentes.
I Jengaheads at The Living Room. 9pm—midnight. Free. Weekly. Martyn Jengahead is at the helm of this night, which showcases new releases, acetates and the like.
I Russell’s at Russell’s. 9—11pm. Free. Weekly. DJ Yaw brings his world music extravaganza to the yuppie masses.
I Shu Hirata at The Cul De Sac. 8pm—midnight. Weekly. Jazzy breaks, hip hop, electro, drum & bass: whatever gets played out, it’s bound to be the best available.
I Yang at Yang. 8pm—1am. Free. Weekly. Michael Peck mixes, cuts and breaks those beats.
I Bennet's at Bennet‘s. 11.30pm—3am. £2.50 (£1.50). Weekly. Sara with an upfront dance mix. Gay.
I Deathlehem at The 13th Note Club. 11pm—3am. £2. Weekly. Residents Dumptruck, Demonic and Craig look set to scare the punters silly with mean old rock and metal — think Korn and Slipknot having a scrap with Black Sabbath and AC/DC.
I F.A.B. at Babaza. 11pm—3am. £3 (£2). Weekly. DJ Skud blends garage, R&B and funky house, playing to a dressed-up crowd who help to make this one of the busiest midweek nights in Glasgow.
I Hotdog at Reds. 11pm—3am. £3 (£2). Weekly. An Anne Summers-sponsored night that’s about to spice up your life. Music comes in the form of dance classics from Keith Pyper, but it’s the PVC underwear, joy juice and willie- shaped ice-cube makers that we’re after. I Joints And Jams at Planet Peach. 11pm-3.15am. £3 (£2). Weekly. High calibre night of hip hop, swing and R&B from a rotating roster of DJ talent including Martin Hesketh, Puppa Shango, John Lyons, DMG and James FuHenon.
I Overground at The Velvet Rooms. 11pm—3am. £4 (£2). Weekly. Indie sounds and chart classics from Joe McKay.
I Shag Tag at Archaos. l 1pm—3am. £4 (£3). Weekly. Insanely successful night based on a complex numerical ﬂirting system: everyone gets a number upon entry, then, if someone catches your eye, you write their number on the board next to your own, with the idea being that they then rush up to you and get biz-ay. Music-wise, it’s banging house and trance in the main room and across-the- board ‘madness’ from C.J. downstairs.
Chart & party
I C.J.D. at The Apartment 11pm—3am. £3 (£2). Weekly. Student frolics with Marcelo, Alan Belshaw and Ryan Mathie.
I Klass at Destiny. 10pm—3am. £2 before 11pm; £3 after. Weekly. For those who fancy a party night out, but can’t stand those pesky kids cluttering up the joint. Over 28s only.
I Pop 8: Tarts at The Cathouse. llpm—3am. Weekly. Free before 11.30pm; £2 (£1.50) after. Weekly. Party- up disco and funk.
I Souped Up at The Garage. 10.30pm—3am. £3 (£2). Weekly. Daft pop and student antics.
Regular weekly clubs plus one off events are listed by city, then by day, then alphabetically by title. Clu s will be listed provided u -to-date details reach our offices at east eight days before publication. Lack of information may result in clubs being omitted. Edinburgh club listings compiled by Abi Bremner.
EDINBURGH THURSDAYS Pro-club
I Bass Invaders at The Pond Bar. 9pm—1am. Free. Weekly. The emphasis is on funk, hip hop and breaks.
I Cuba Norte at Cuba Norte. lOpm—lam. Free. Weekly. Salsa and Latin DJs on rotation.
I Gilded Saloon at The Gilded Saloon. 9pm—1am. Free. Weekly. Niall Young plays deepest Detroit techno and funky house grooves.
I La Fromagerie at The Meadows Bar, downstairs. 9pm—1am. Free. 27 Jul. Fortnightly. The tastiest cheese selection from Edinburgh’s original E-Z sleazies, Al, Pete and Kam The Beard.
I Loose at 0 Bar. 9pm—1am. Free. Weekly. This brand new bar aims to pack ‘em in with a cutting edge range of residencies, and first up in the Thu slot is Grand Uniﬁed (Manga’s Unify), who promises a ‘loose ﬁt of all things swingin”. Expect drum & bass through to funk in a jazzy, breaksy vein as well as some future previews.
I Made In Iguana at Iguana. 9pm-lam. Free. Weekly. Gary Mac (Sublime) brings down a few boxes of his favourite funky tunes, mellowed out with some soulful house.
I Perception at Bliss. ()pm—lam. Free. 4 Aug. Monthly. A pre-club warm up to the main event later on tonight concentrating on the deeper aspects of Perception’s progressive house sounds. I PopRokit at PopRokit. 9pm—1am. Free. Weekly. Wind-up to your weekend with PopRokit’s changing selection of DJs. The king of (dance) musical eclecticism, Joseph Malik, mans the decks on 20 Jul and 27 Jul.
I Prefix at The City Cafe. 8pm—lam. Free. 20 Jul. Fortnightly. The X- Residents are the men in charge of the music tonight, mixing up their own creations with the latest house and garage.
I Salsa Con Sabor at Baracoa. 10.30pm—1am. Free. Weekly. Popular salsa night with hot music and friendly people. Call 225 5846 or
salsaclubézj hotmail.com for more info. I ULTrainthATE at Pivo. 9pm—1am. Stuart Duncan (Atomic Baby) plays out the deep house.
I Strange Beats at The Watershed. 8pm-1am. Free. Weekly. A funk and soul selection.
I CC. Blooms at CC. Blooms. 10.30pm—3am (bar from 6pm). Free. Weekly. Hi-NRG dance action downstairs at this always hoaching gay bar.
I Gadges At Work at The Cocteau Lounge. 11pm—3am. Free. 27 Jul. Fortnightly. Garage tunes from Harvey and Neil Ferris, who are regulars down at The Outhouse’s garden parties.
I Cool Runnings at The Attic. 10.30pm—3am. £2. 20 Jul. Fortnightly. DJ Dirtsman (who’s also behind Bonaﬁde Love in Glasgow), brings his hip hop, ragga and R&B selection to The Attic.
I Dust at Studio 24. 11pm—3am. £2. Weekly. A cross-section of alternative sounds from the infamous DJ Dave, taking in punk, hardcore, goth and their
I Dysfunction at The Venue (top ﬂoor). 10pm—3am. £3. 20 Jul. Fortnightly. A range of alternative sounds from heavy rock, indie rock, hardcore, skate punk, industrial . . . you get the picture. Check out www.dysfunction.co.uk.
I Ethos at Studio 24. 11pm-3am. £3. 27