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Proprietors Michael ’GI’ McGuigan and Scott ’EI Hombre’ Conchar

NEW VENUE The Human Be-In

Opening: West Crosscauseway, Edinburgh, Thu 26 Oct.

There comes a time when those involved in running club nights hanker after something slightly more stable than a fortnightly residency. Invariably, DJs move towards the studio for the financial and artistic rewards of production, while the promoters of clubs move towards managing venues and bars. Edinburgh club promoters Scott Conchar and Michael McGuigan are following the form and this month sees the duo opening their own bar, The Human Be-In.

With its title suggesting the union of the Haight-Ashbury love generation and the political activists of the late 19605, the new style bar will similarly aim to establish a meeting place for diverse but like-minded folk. As Conchar explains: 'Edinburgh is becoming prime in terms of its musical and cultural diversity and hopefully we can reflect that through what we're

doing with the bar.’

In terms of design, the bar situated on the former site of Bar Ce Lona will make a dramatic departure from the cold and clinical finishes found in the majority of today's bars and instead base its ambience around more exotic themes. 'We’re taking the best of old world cultures and incorporating those elements into a contemporary setting,’ says Conchar. ’Basically. we’re aiming towards a much more organic feeling in the textures and colours to create a setting which exudes comfort and intrigue.’

This old-world, organic concept will be extended to the music policy and the DJs booked to play weekend nights will. as Conchar explains, ’play everything from jazz, soul, deep house and dub rather than a cutting-edge, elitist selection of white labels.’ Fridays will fall into the capable hands of Oli, playing a laid-back mix of jazz, funk and hip hop, Saturdays will showcase Beany’s choice of deep house grooves and alternative breaks, while Sunday nights with Manga‘s Grand Unified promise to epitomise the aforementioned intrigue of the bar. ’It’s so powerful his music, man,’ says Conchar. ’lt’s just so difficult to explain what it’s like it’s just weird.’

(Catherine Bromley)




I El Barrio at El Barrio. 8pm—lam. Free. Weekly. Sun night is flamenco night with DJ Domingo (appropriately enough), plus live music and dancing. I In The Groove at PopRokit. 9pm—1am. Free. Weekly. Big Beat’s DJ Tinku takes over the decks with a mellow melange of Latin, jazz and soul tunes.

I Latino Sundays at Loca. 9pm—1am. £2. Weekly. Head down for salsa, merengue and Latin pop with DJs, live music and percussion.

I Made In Iguana at Iguana. 9pm—lam. Free. Weekly. Bob Cairns does the laid- back Sunday session thing, taking in soul, funk, Latin grooves and future jazz. I Oxygen at Oxygen. 3—7pm. Free. Weekly. Sunday session hosted by the Covert Operators that aims to bring the chilled-out grooves of Cafe del Marlo Edinburgh’s wet and miserable Sunday afternoons. Just think, only nine months till summer. . .

I Strange Beats at Baroque. 8pm—Iam. Free. \Veeklv. A funk and soul selection. I The Sunday Session at Cuba Norte. Rpm—lam. Free. Weekly. Old meets nu, on a jazz-funk-soul lip, with Ben and Gav.

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I The Sunday Supplement at The City Cafe. 9pm—1am. Free. Weekly. A fix of US house and garage from various DJs. I Tango El Domingo at Baracoa will return soon.


I CC. Blooms 10.30pm-3am. (Bar from 8pm). Free. Weekly. The best tunes from across the genres to shake your booty to at this gay club.

I Club DKY at Studio 24. llpm-3am. £1.50 before midnight; £2 after. Weekly (not Oct 22). A night which describes its music policy as ‘alternative: you bring it, we’ll play it’. Warning: ‘nothing too awful’.

I Curios at The Bongo Club. 10pm—3am. £5 (£4 with flyer). 29 Oct. Monthly. After a few years of occasional outings, this funky night returns with a regular slot. As eclectic as you might expect, with the Jengaheads, dense drum & bass with Mr Chango and hip hop from Dava. Those who feel like getting in cheap and helping the homeless can bring donations of Clothes etc.

I Doublezero at The Bongo Club will return in Nov.

I Jamboree at Club Mercado. 10.30pm-3am. £5 (£4 before 11.30pm). 29 Oct. Monthly. New hip hop, R & B and ragga. Drinks promos and fierce tunes.

I Henry's Jazz Bar at Henry’s Jazz Bar. 8.30pm—3am. £5 (£4). 22 & 29 Nov. Weekly. Martin Kershaw’s Quartet keeps the jazz flowing free n’ easy.

I Kute at P0 Na Na. 11pm-3am. Free. Weekly. Murray Richardson and Flash provide a night of sweet house music at this bar-cum-club.

I Mode Organic at The Citrus Club. 11pm—3am. £2. 29 Oct. A freaky mix of funk, soul, mod and ska at quite possibly Edinburgh’s only current 60’s soiree.

I None Of The Above at The Bongo Club will return in Nov.

I Queer Sunday at Ego. 11pm—3am. Weekly. A huge serving of glam goings- on and camped-up cabaret with DJ Granty Pants playing the cheesy tunes. I Scottish Cyberball at Studio 24. 10pm—3am. £12 (£10). 22 Oct. At which the day of our Lord sees ‘Scotland’s biggest fetish event’ disrupt its sanctity, decides the devil has the best tunes, dons a gimp suit and starts twisting its hips to polluted hard house. Dress to distress. See preview.

I Sunday Supplement at Club Mercado. Next date 12 Nov.

I Tackno at Club Mercado. 10.30pm—3am. 29 Oct. Monthly. Trendy Wendy’s festival of kitsch returns with a pyjama party. Teddy bears and torches under the blankets are ‘definitely encouraged’. Don’t forget yer toothbrush. I Taste at Wilkie House. 11pm-3am. £8 (£6). Weekly. Mark Moore (22 Oct) and Lisa Loud (29 Oct) start the week swinging, alongside residents Fisher & Price. Expect garage and uplifting to hard house at this unstoppable Sunday night institution. Backroom resident Stuart Barrie has now retired but the space still resounds with garage and US house courtesy of Martin Valentine, Marco Smith and Trevor Gow.

I Trident Plou hshares Benefit at The Bongo Clu . 9pm—3am. £5.50 (£3.50). 22 Oct only. Evening in aid of nuclear disarmament. Features samba- punk band Bloco Vomit, the West African Rhythms of Sufri Drummers and live techno from Freestyle Transmission.

Chart & Party

I Chocolate Sundae at Revolution. 10pm—3am. £2—£5. Weekly. Soulful house and disco dubs.

I Insomnia at The Cavendish. 10pm—3am. £3 (£1 to students). Weekly. Bop till you drop to dance, chart and 905 tunes.

I Kiss at The Liquid Room. 10.30pm-3am. Free. Weekly. An across- the-board selection of 705, 805 and 90s tunes from the dubiously named Billy Whizz.

I Replay at Eros/Elite. 9.30pm—3am. £2 (£1) before 11pm; £3 (£2) before midnight; £4 (£3) after. Weekly. Replay sees the hits of the 70s and 805, er, replayed while the kids in Meltdown relax to chart house and garage.

I Sin at The Ark. 10pm-3am. £4 (£1). Weekly. Chart and party tunes, with bevvy at sweet shop prices. Go wild.

I The Subway at The Subway. 9pm—3am. Free for students with matriculation card; £1 otherwise. Weekly. See Thu.

I The Subway West End at The Subway West End. 7pm—3am. Free for students with matriculation card; £1 otherwise. Weekly. See Thu.



I Ole! at El Barrio. 10pm—Iam. Free. Weekly. Hispanic night of fiery flamenco, rhythmic sevillanas and sexy rumba aimed at those wanting to start the week with some Latino loco. More info from eventsarelbarriocouk.

I Tango at Oxygen. Returning soon.


I CC. Blooms at CC. Blooms. 10.30pm—3am (bar from 6pm). Free. Weekly. Things mellow out (or so they claim) at this gay club, with an upbeat disco selection.

I Henry's Jazz Bar (formerly the Jazz Joint). Now closed on Mondays.

I The Profezzionals at P0 Na Na. 11pm-3am. Free. Weekly. DJ Roddy and Jason mix up 805, filthy disco and house.

Chart & Party

I The Subway at The Subway. 9pm—3am. Free for students with matriculation card; £1 otherwise. Weekly. See Thu.

I The Subway West End at The Subway West End. 7pm—3am. Free for students with matriculation card; £1 otherwise. Weekly. See Thu.


I Baracoa at Baracoa. 10pm-lam. Free. Weekly. DJ Orlando plays the Latino grooves to make you salsa, with dance classes from Sam (£4).

I El Barrio at El Barrio. 9pm—1am. Free. Weekly. DJs supply the Latin vibes. I Immersed in Music at Pivo. 9pm—1am. Weekly. ‘Monkey Boy’ Mark Edmondson plays funky phatback grooves.

I Salsa Viva @ Siglo. 9pm-lam. Free. Weekly. Hot tropical rhythms to enjoy with your cool tropical cocktails.


I C.C. Blooms at CC. Blooms. 10.30pm—3am (bar from 6pm). Free. Weekly. Take a step back in time to 605, 705, 805 and early 90$ tunes at this gay club.

I Henry's Jazz Bar (formerly the Jazz Joint) at Henry’s Jazz Bar. 8.30pm-3am. £5 (£4). Weekly. With Assemny Direct now handling the bookings here, the Jazz Bar will become more of a showcase for Scotland’s thriving jazz scene and less an underground club venue. With live bands on rotation, this fortnight it’s up-and- coming funkstcrs Goddard doing their stuff (24 Oct) and new guitar trio USB (31 Oct). I Glitteratti at P0 Na Na. 10pm-3am. £3. 24 Oct. Fortnightly. 80$ glam rock with funky modern tunes. Now then, where’s me gold lame jacket?

I Knights Of The Turntable at P0 Na Na. llpm—3am. Free. 31 Oct. Fortnightly. Sir Dance-A-Lot holds the holy grail of smooth grooves and funky moves.

I Motherfunk at The Venue. 11pm—3am. Free. Weekly. Your one-stop shop for Tuesday clubbing, Motherfunk is an Edinburgh rare groove, soul and funk institution. Join residents Gino and Fryer for a damn funky time.

I Samhuinn Otherworld Fair at The Bongo Club. 11pm-3am. £5 (£4 fancy dress). Join Mikey Magic, G_O, Wtrouble and assorted nutters for this post-procession festival. See Hitlist.

Chart & Party

I Shagtag at Gaia. 10pm—3am. £4 (£3). Weekly. Alcohol-fuelled flirting (aided and abetted by drinks promos and freebies) via the infamous number-based introductions system. Please note there’s free tequila and champagne for the floozie with the most requests.

I The Subway at The Subway. 9pm—3am. Free for students with matriculation card; £1 otherwise. Weekly. See Thu.

I The Subway West End at The Subway West End. 7pm—3am. Free for students with matriculation card; £1 otherwise. Weekly. See Thu.



I Baracoa at Baracoa. 10pm—lam. Free. Weekly. DJ Miguel plays the Latino grooves to make you salsa.

I Sabroso! at El Barrio. 10pm—lam. Free. Weekly. See Fri.

I The Departure Lounge at PopRokit. 10pm-1am. Free. Weekly. Celebrity hosts Harry Ainsworthy and the lovely Dusty Heights invite you to take a chance and risk it all for the grand prize of a bottle of Morgans Spice plus FULL cocktail kit. It’s a quiz, it’s a cabaret and it’s really very funny.