Unflinching in their devout dedication to a feisty mix of hardcore techno. filthy acid, hard trance and gabba, Resistance have gathered quite a reputation after only five months of their residency at The Venue. James Smart gets the lowdown.
Resistance? Oh I know, like ‘Rene, eet
eex I, Michelle of zee Resistance' - Allo Allo was great. Never understood why
that fat bloke got all the birds. though. Not that one you fool, we're talking about Twisted and Discharge‘s hardcore shebang at The Venue, five months old and about to start putting on two parties a month.
Hardcore? Wicked! I know the score. 'Charley Says' and all that. Erm, no. ’lt's not just hardcore,’ says promoter and DJ Al Twisted. ’We play all sorts of hard electronic music, gabba, breakbeat, techno even trance, tied together by the fact that it's hardcore in definition. We make sure that on any one night it goes right across the whole spectrum and that everyone has their own unique style. But there's no happy hardcore or cheese.’
Fair enough. So what kind of people head along? ‘We’ve got a good crowd of people. Everyone's well up for it. A lot of people have been into the scene for a while, plus the local crowd are
getting into it. And because there aren't
that many nights like it people come from all over,‘ explains Al. Buses run from Dundee, Falkirk, Glasgow, Hamilton, the North of England and Wales.
Who do they come all this way to see then? Current residents are Al Twisted and Smurf. Friday 3 November sees the visit of hip hop orientated hardcore techno DJ Simon Underground (pictured), plus Scott Brown, better known as Q-Tex, who‘ll be spinning nu- skool gabba. Future guests will include 015 from France, Germany, Italy, the Netherlands and the States and they‘ll all be keeping the pulses racing with sets of 140-200bpm.
That's a bit weak, Isn't it? Dosen‘t Moby have a record called 1000bpm? Yeah, but that is the fastest piece of music ever recorded and it sounds shit.
Anyway, who're you calling weak? We'll
see if you’re still having it at 2:45 in the morning.
I Resistance, The Venue, Fri 3 Nov. The monthly Friday nighters (not Fri 1 Dec) are now supplemented by monthly Saturdays (starting Sat 18 Nov).
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EDINBURGH THURS: CHART & PARTY cont.
I Funky Underground at Revolution. 10pm-3am. £4 (£3). Weekly. The dance podiums really come into their own tonight at this massive venue, ideal as they are for shaking your booty to funky hits so that everyone can see.
I Gold at The Ark. 10pm-3am. 80p. Weekly. A night of 805 indulgence includes a very cheap door entry, many drinks also at 80p and some contrastingly very classy chart faves from the likes of Spandau and Wham!. I Ignition at Eros/Elite. 9.30pm—3am. £3 (£2). Weekly. Voted ‘Scottish Discoteque Of The Year’ by someone, the retail business park clubbing experience hosts a big ‘ole student night.
I The Subway at The Subway. 9pm—3am. Free for students with matriculation card; £1 otherwise. Weekly. Cheese and Bacardi Breezer evening with a mainstream soundtrack plus the odd spot of indie.
I The Subway West End at The Subway West End. 7pm-3am. Free for students with matriculation card; £1 otherwise. Weekly. DJs playing chart
‘ and party music for a shameless
drinking crowd. .
I Bar Union at Bar Union (formerly Bliss). 9pm—1am. Free. Weekly (not 24 Nov). Radio Forth’s Kevin Jones plays house and garage.
I Clubbers Guide at PopRokit. lOpm—lam. Free. 3 Nov only. The Clubbers Guide returns to PopRokit after its re-launch and tonight sets Mr Todd (Higher Ground) against Andy (Miss Moneypenny’s) for a DJ battle to the death. - I Cuba Norte at Cuba Norte. 10pm—1am. Free. Weekly. Still supplying the broadest musical spectrum for Latin lovers and still pivotal to the whole Latin scene.
I Disco Cubism at The Carwash. 9pm—3am. Free. Weekly. Ali Campbell shows he ain’t no square when he goes disco, deep house crazy for the night. I 4-Play at Club Mercado. 4-10pm. Free. Weekly. Serving you hard working, hard partying types with a mind-melting mix of music (courtesy of kitsch queen Trendy Wendy) and drinks promos. Parties of twenty or more who book through the venue’s guest list system have the chance to win £150 in a cashback draw.
I The Friday Feelgood at Baracoa. lOpm—lam. Free. Weekly. DJ Mikayel hosts a ni ht of funk, hip hop and salsa. I Gilde Saloon at Gilded Saloon. 9pm—lam. Free. Weekly. Niall Young, Scott McKenzie, Scott Elliot and guests provide a smooth selection of quality dance grooves.
I Human Be-ln at The Human Be-ln. 9pm-1am. Free. Weekly. Oli entertains with jazz, funk and hip hop.
I Immersed In Music at Pivo. 9pm~1am. Free. Weekly. Gareth Somerville from Ultragroove lets us sample his quality house (3 Nov) while Craig Gee takes us Soul Searchin’ (10 Nov).
I Made In Iguana at Iguana. 9pm-1am. Free. Weekly. Joseph Malik (Spectrum) wows the crowds with his comprehensive range of funky tunes, from hi hop to Latin and jazz.
I Mot erfunlt at PopRokit. lOpm-Iam. Free. 10 Nov only. Funk, soul and hip hop from the Motherfunk residents.
I Progression at Bar Union (formerly Bliss). 9pm—1am. Free. 24 Nov. Monthly. Alan Dobson lays down his progressive house as a warm-up to the main event at Wilkie House.
I Oxygen at Oxygen. 6pm-1am. Free. Weekly. This popular pre-club has now secured a fantasy DJ dream team, featuring Colin Cook, Stuart Duncan, George T and Martin Valentine on rotation. Please note the early start.
I Rebel Walt: at City Cafe 2. 9pm-1am. Free. 3 Nov. Fortnightly. Marco Smith keeps the deep house fires bumin’ while Murray ‘Globetrotting’ Richardson continues his world tour.
I Salsa at El Barrio. 8pm-1am. Free. Weekly. See Wed.
I T.F.l. Friday at The Ark. 4—10pm. Free. Weekly. The music policy’s chart and party, but we’ll wager it’s the alcohol you’re after.
I Underworld Vibes at Bannerrnan’s. 9pm-1am. Free. Weekly. Sean Pearson and Neil Ferguson go all garage and house.
I What It Is at City Cafe 2. 9pm-1am. Free. 10 Nov. Fortnightly. Bob Cairns and Erik da Viking lay down garage, street soul and rare groove.
I Why Not? at Why Not? 5—10pm. £1 (donated to charity). Weekly. Chart and dance tunes at this popular and highly central hotspot.
I Al's All Night Jokeshop at The Bongo Club has temporarily ﬁnished.
I Arakataca! at The Bongo Club. 11pm—3am. £5. 10 Nov. Monthly. DJs Jaffer (Senegal) and Zuppa lnglese (Bogota) host one of Edinburgh’s leading world music soirées with a ﬁery mix of Salsa, African, Latin and Caribbean dance. West African food available.
I Ballistic at Studio 24. 11pm-3am. £5. 10 Nov. Monthly. Hard-ass industrial and chemical beats from The Mission crew, with pyrotechnic performance an added extra.
I Big Beat at La Belle Angele. 10.30pm-3am. £10. 10 Nov. Monthly. Lee Fields, The Blackbyrds and now legendary poet and Godfather of rap, Gil Scott-Heron - how on God’s earth do they manage it? Thankfully they do and tonight will without question be a night to remember. Expect all the classics (‘The Revolution Will Not Be Televised’, ‘The Bottle’) and more than a few surprises. See preview and Hitlist.
I Catalyst at Studio 24. Monthly. Next date 24 Nov.
I C.C. Blooms at CC. Blooms. 10.30pm—3am (bar from 6pm). Free. Weekly. DJ Ally does the decks duty at this gay night with her inimitable selection of high camp and disco classics, moving on to pumped-up house and dance as the evening progresses.
I Club latino at The Bongo Club. Monthly. Next date 24 Nov.
I Disco Dock at Club Java. 5pm-2am. £3 (free before 10pm). 3 Nov. Monthly. Disco mayhem with hits from the past and present, courtesy of MC Otis at this glamorous Leith venue.
I Disulto at Ego has now finished.
I Divine Divas at The Venue (top floor). Monthly. Next date 24 Nov.
I Dr No's at The Bongo Club. llpm-3am. £6 (£4). 3 Nov. Monthly. Pork pie hats, short trews and skinheads a Go Go at this classic mix of ska old and new. I El Segundo at The Bongo Club. 10.30pm-3am. £7 (£5). 17 Nov. Monthly. With the emphasis well and truly on showcasing live UK hip hop, this club has got the goods and no mistake. This month, very special guest Phi Life Cypher touches down with support from resident MCs The Naked Circle.
I Evol at The Liquid Room. 10.30pm-3am. £4. Weekly. Edinburgh’s longest running indie night is a ﬁghting force to be reckoned with. These days, expect a heady mix of the best alternative and crossover tunes, new and old.
I Frisco Disco at Ego. Monthly. Next date 24 Nov.
I GIamDup at Ego. llpm-3am. £5. 17 Nov. Monthly. Live PAs, dancers, drag queens and high class hostesses all with a special Big Brother theme at this gorgeously glam soirée.
I loop at The Wee Red Bar. llpm-3am. £7 (£5). 10 Nov. Monthly. Huge date in two rooms (honest) showcasing funky to hard house with Al Space, Bill Spice and Julz in the main room and an eclectic range of ska, soul and beats upstairs with Kam The Beard, Stu Webb and Da Needle Sisters. Plus ﬁre show in the courtyard.
I The Mambo Club at The Cavendish. 10pm—3am. £4 before midnight; £5 after. Weekly. Still going strong after so many years, Sir Ossie provides the reggae, ragga, soul, funk, rap, hip hop and R&B delights.
I Manga at La Belle Angele. 9pm-3am. £10 (£8). 3 Nov. Monthly. The Enforcers (Reinforced Records) present ‘Fist Of The North Star’ Part 1, starring Randall, Stretch, MC MG, Marc Mac (4 Hero) and Seiji plus the Manga residents on rotatation. This will be another massive date with the two rooms in full effect, so buy your tickets in advance from the usual outlets or look forward to tears. See Hitlist.
I The Mission at The Venue. 11pm-3am. £5 (£4). 3 Nov. Fortnightly. Enjoy alternative anthems upstairs and 805 indie and dance classics in The Cooler at this always hoachin night.
I Mon 0 at Wilkie House. 10pm-3am (doors close at lam). £7 (£5 members). Monthly. Italy’s Andreas Mazzali aka Flickman makes his Scottish debut tonight. He’s remixed for the likes of Blackbox and Lisa Pin Up and should deliver the pumpin’ house goods post haste. Support from the resident stallions Tencini, Sergio Amoni and Alvodos. See Hitlist.
I Nature at The Attic. 11pm-3am. £6. Weekly. Following the installation of swanky new furniture at this deep house night, Diesel (Junior Boys Own) and Domenic (4 Nov) and James Holroyd (Bugged Out) and Domenic (11 Nov) are in attendance to make sure no one even thinks about sitting down.
I Noa at Noa. 10pm-3am. Free. Weekly. Jon Flowers in the main room with garage; Paul Dixon through the back with old-skool, soul and funk.
I Nomad at La Belle Angele. Monthly. Next date 24 Nov with old-skool heroes Rene ade Soundwave.
I Pil box at Studio 24. 10.30pm-3am. £8 (£5 members). 3 Nov. Monthly. Another huge date from the Pillbox crew features special guest B-Wilder taking a new slant on trance and techno, plus residents J-Loop and Hwatsong in the main room; Rik and DJ Hazlett playing breakbeat in the Capsule and Garth, Captain Kava and Yoghurt Weaver doing live breakbeat and sci- trance in the Powder Room.
I Planet Earth at The Citrus Club. 10.30pm-3am. £4. Weekly. Celebrate the 70s, celebrate the 805 and just celebrate life while you’re at it. No smoking at the bar please.
I Progression at Wilkie House. Monthly. Next date 24 Nov.
I Queer Friday at Ego (formerly Eden). Monthly. Next date 17 Nov.
I Radio Babylon at La Belle Angele. 10.30pm—3am. £5. 17 Nov. Monthly. More frisky to pumping eclectica to make you shake your batty wildstyle from residents The Merry Pranksters and Brainstorm. Penny Pornstar on the juicy fruit.
I Redspin at The Wee Red Bar. 10.30pm-3am. £5 (£4). 17 Nov. Monthly. Raucous hip hop, funk and anything in between from Colin Millar and the Headspin crew.
I Resistance at The Venue (top floor). 9pm-3am. £8. 3 Nov. Monthly. Once again Resistance have pulled out all the stops to bring Edinburgh audiences some of the finest purveyors of friggin’ hard tunes. Hardcore techno DJ, Simon Underground, returns alongside Scott Brown, Paul Curran & Primal T, Fifth Era and up-and-coming trance DJs Colin H and Derek Haston. See Phactfile.
I Roadblock at P0 Na Na. 11pm-3am. £3. Weekly. Big momma Nicci F stops the trafﬁc in bad music when she digs up the best in funk, disco, house, timeless ems and block rockin’ beats. I Ruby ruit at Ego. 11pm-3am. £5 (free with invite available from the Outhouse). 3 Nov. Monthly. Gail Sellars and Simone Black supply slinky US garage and penetrating funky house.