Cameras in clubs have never been a good idea. Disposable ones become just that, but often before they make it to the developers, and so as we take that great leap into 2001, modern technology has found a way of capturing our clubbing antics and also bringing us all closer together: It's called Spaced, it's a beautiful thing and Catherine Bromley is just walling up with emotion.
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Pull yourself together woman, surely it's just a soup'ed-up photo booth? Sniff . . . sniff . . . no it’s much more than that. It’s a revolutionary new concept that allows clubbers the ability to negate the pesky side effects of too many pills so that they can actually remember who they were with that particular night and what kind of a state they were in.
Yeah. Like I said. Try again. Well, you know how 57% of the 13 million UK internet users are aged between 15 and 34 and that the young online population is expanding at a rate of 5,000 per day? It’s this very market that the designers of the Spaced pods are capitalising on, in addition of course to the innate desires among young people to have fun, try new things and waste money.
Your 'phacts’ are impressive but I’m still not grappling with the meat of this new-tangled contraption. All in good time. So let’s imagine you're in a club, you want to capture the blissed-out moment and all of a sudden you glimpse a sleek and sophisticated looking metal object in the corner of the room. After approaching with caution you discover that by mere slight of hand (ie touch technology) you can have your photo taken digitally, add a brief message and send an interactive postcard to three friends of your choice.
No Way? Yes, way. As I said it’s a revolutionary piece of kit and what's more Spaced users will also be able to register their own email address book of friends so that when they return to the venue, the 'pods' will 'recognise' them, thereby encouraging clubbers to use them again and again — the end result being a compilation album of a club junkie's favourite nights out.
What was that you said about wasting money? Yeah well, you don't expect something for nothing do you? It costs £2 a pop and what's that when you consider how priceless the memories are. in Spaced is available at La Belle Ange/e, Edinburgh.
72 THE lIST SJan—18 Jan 2001
EDINBURGH FRIDAYS continued
I Up! at Studio 24 (uplstairs). 10.30pm—3am. £10 non-members; £8 members. 5 Jan. Monthly. After the massive Up! party on two floors last month, things go back to relative normality with the residents Alan James and Nic Cavendish playing the ﬁnest in progressive house and trance.
I UTI at Studio 24 (upstairs). 10.30pm—3am. £5. 12 Jan. Monthly. Tormod Mor, Jonny Oh! and Semaj rush headlong into 2001 with their own inimitable blend of tantalising techno. I Vain at Holyrood Union. 9pm—3am. £3.50 (£3). 5 Jan. Monthly. Increasingly popular mix of goth, industrial, techno and New Romantic from residents Lucy‘Fur, Venus Man Trap and the Arrogant Twat. Dress to distress.
I Weird Salad at The Wee Red Bar has now ﬁnished.
I Zealous at Studio 24 (downstairs). 10.30pm—3am. £5. 5 Jan. Monthly. Hardcore skatepunk and industrial sounds courtesy of some live protagonists and DJs. This month live action comes from Substate and Bone Machine with Dunk, lqy and Claire providing the DJ delight.
I Canned Heat at Gaia. 10pm—3am. £2 before midnight; £3 after. Weekly. DJ Harry Let’s Go (Boombox) lays on the pop and partied-up funk, disco and house tunes. Plus Double Zero upstairs in the lounge with a sure-shot selection of funk, big beat and drum & bass.
I Friday at Club Java. 4.30pm—3am. Free. Weekly. No need to travel uptown as Leith now has its own luxuriously appointed hang-out, featuring DJs, drinks promos and the chance to enjoy coffee and cake in the sumptuous upstairs lounge area.
I Shock! at Eros/Elite. 9.30pm—3am. £4 (£3) before 11pm; £5 (£4) before midnight; £6 (£5) after. Weekly. Yeah, we got a shock too when we heard that Queer Sunday’s promotion had taken over Fri nights here. It certainly looks good mind, with regular live PAS, tantalising drag queens, the Spank dance troupe, Miss Whiplash keeping us in check and free makeovers from The Look. All this plus DJ Lady M spinning the house and garage hits.
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 prices they’re shifting their booze at. Over 255.
I The Subway at The Subway. 9pm-3am. Free before 11pm; £3 (£1) after. Weekly. See Thu.
I The Subway West End at The Subway West End. 4pm—3am. Free before 11pm; £3 (£1) after. Weekly. See Thu.
I T.F.I. Friday at The Ark. 4pm—3am. Free before 10pm; £4 (£2) after. Weekly. You’ve worked hard, now reward yourself with a massive drinking and dancing session at the ultimate after work
I The Time Tunnel at Club Mercado. 10pm—3am. £5. Weekly. Trendy Wendy and Vince Stilton the Cheesemaster disrupt the space-time continuum with tunes from the 605, 705 and 805 (or maybe it’s just the alcohol).
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. Chan and dance night at this heaving mess of humanity.
I Baracoa at Baracoa. 9pm-1am. Free. Weekly. Big Beat’s Simon Hodge dons his sombrero and gaucho moustache for a sexy selection of Latin favourites.
I Bela Lugosi's Shed at The Spider’s Web. Monthly. Returns in Feb.
I Cuba Norte at Cuba None. 10pm-lam. Free. Weekly. Hot salsa! it’s Saturday and that means, er. hot salsa at this epicentre of all things Latin.
I Frisco Disco at PopRokit. 9pm—lam. Free. 13 Jan. Fortnightly. Martin Valentine (Taste) and Steven Wanless (Skyscraper) pump up the deep and funky house.
I Funk And Disorderly at The City Cafe. 9pm—1am. 13 Dec. Fortnightly. Yogi ‘The Bear’ Haughton supplies the very best in danceﬂoor jazz, R&B and vocal garage.
I Human Be-In at The Human Be-ln. 9pm-1am. Free. Weekly. Beany plays underground house and alternative breaks at this sweet new bar.
I Immersed In Music at Pivo. 9pm-1am. Free. Weekly. Brian Smith (6 Jan) and Kev Wright (13 Jan) banish the winter blues with their toasty mix of house and techno.
I Latino Loco at El Barrio. 10pm—1am. Free. Weekly. The original Latino chart party continues with the freshest beats from the barrio.
I Made In Iguana at Iguana. 9pm-1am. Free. Weekly. Colin Cook (Ultragroove) plays some real house music, from the experimental to the tough and tribal with random latin influences thrown in for good measure.
I Party On at Rush. 9pm-1am. Free. Weekly. DJ Forkboy lays down the hip hop, soul, funk and indie.
I Oxygen at Oxygen. 9pm-1am. Free. Weekly. Mikey Stirton (Substantial) and Steve Austin (Headspin) entertain the weekend crowds with their beats, breaks and funky fusion thing.
I Squalor Show at PopRokit. 9pm—1am. Free. 6 Jan. Fortnightly. Old school beats and breaks from Well Stirred and DJ Frosty.
I Sub-Atomic at Bar Union (formerly Bliss). 9pm—1am. Free. Weekly. A selection of the Atomic Baby backroom boys (Scott Brown, Bruce Nicholson, Stevie Wilson and Scott MacKenzie) play a frisky range of US house and garage. Check out the next Atomic Baby at La Belle Angele on 13 Jan.
I Underworld Vibes at Bannerman’s. 9pm-1am. Free. Weekly. Sean Pearson and Neil Ferguson go all garage and house on yo asses.
I Yush! at the City Cafe. 9pm—1am. Free. 6 Jan. Fortnightly. A.J. (head honcho behind Edinburgh’s leading hip hop label, Yush Recordings) selects the upbeat hip hop, funk and ragga. He’s joined by the fresh prince of R&B, the Mad Ambassador.
I Acetate at The Liquid Room. 10.30pm—3am. £8 (£7). 6 Jan. Fortnightly. Plastic fantastic night for those who like to groove in a funky house style hosted by the delectable Gail Sellars and Marco Smith. I Ascension Goth Club at Holyrood Union. Monthly. Next date 27 Jan.
I Atomic Baby at La Belle Angele. 13 Jan. Fortnightly. Michael Kilkic. Zammo and Stuart Duncan stoke up the house ﬁre for another night of pumping trance and pro ressive heaven.
I 8 ast at Club Mercado. 11pm—3am. £10 (£8). 13 Jan. Fortnightly. Huggy Burger Queen and his trusty sidekick Markell host a residents’ showcase of only the ﬁnest glam house music.
I Blitz at The Venue (t0p ﬂoor). 10pm-3am. £tbc. 13 Jan. Monthly. New house and trance night.
I Blue Strawberry at The Liquid Room. Monthl . Next date 27 Jan.
I Boogie Mo Dynamo at The Bongo Club has now ﬁnished. The night will relaunch in ﬁne style at Wilkie House on 3 Feb. Details to follow in next issue.
I Boombox at The Venue. Boombox are taking a break and should return to their monthly residency soon.
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 decknical expertise.
I Cool Runnings at The Venue (top floor). Monthly. Next date 27 Jan.
I Digital at The Venue (top floor).
Monthly. Next date 20 Jan.
I District at Noa. Monthly. Next date 3 Feb.
I The Egg at The Wee Red Bar. 11pm—3am. £4 (£3.50). Weekly. Still the best mix of indie, 60$ garage. Northern soul, ska, soundtracks you’re likely to stagger across.
I Eye Candy at Club Mercado. 11pm—3am. £10. 6 Jan. Fortnightly. Graeme Popstar, Nejat Barton and Neil Crookston are joined by a special guest at their infamous, glam house party. Remember to ‘Dress glam or scram‘.
I Fiesta Latina at Teviot Row Union. 9.30pm—2am. £4.50 (£3.50). 13 Jan. Monthly. Salsa, mambo. rumba, merengue, vallenato, cumbia and son all under one sweaty roof at this ﬁesty ﬁesta of a Latin dance party.
I Headspin at The Bongo Club. Monthly. Next date 27 Jan.
I Hell On Earth at Wilkie House. 8pm—3am. £7 (£6 in advance from Ripping); £5 (£4) after 11pm. 13 Jan. Fortnightly. A brand new rock night that showcases live bands from 8.30pm and then goes all spandex tunes from 11pm. Expect everything from stadium rock to nu-metal classics and a strict no pop policy in the main room. Through the back in the Purgatory Lounge the playlist is on a much more industrial tip and the whole venue will be ﬁtted out in full metal jacket. See Hitlist.
I Joy at Ego (formerly at Wilkie House). 10.30pm—3am. £10 (£8). 6 Jan. Monthly. Maggie & Alan try out their new temporary home for the ﬁrst time and if you’re worried about the sound here - don’t - because they’ve made sure it’s mighty enough to handle the hefty hard house we know and love. See Hitlist.
I Jungle Magic at The Liquid Room. 10pm—3am. £9 (£7). 13 Jan. Monthly. Balanced precariously on the cutting edge of drum & bass, Jungle Magic tonight presents the ﬁrst in a series of nu- breed nights, bringing up-and-coming producers Parallel Forces to our fair shores. Sure to be the shape of things to come, support comes from the residents DJ Kid, Tania Swift and MC Feelman. I Kuru at Ego has now ﬁnished. The night will be relaunching at a new venue in Feb.
I Last Night A DJ Stole My Wife at P0 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 Mambo Club. 10pm-3am. £5. Weekly. Your weekly dose of high octane Latin rhythms (run exclusively by women), with dance classes starting at 9pm for beginners and for more experienced salsa aﬁcionados at 10pm (priced £4 which includes entry to the club?. I Luve y at Wilkie House. Monthly. Next date 20 Jan.
I Luvely Lite at E 0 has now ﬁnished. I The Mambo Clu at The Cavendish. 10pm—3am. £4 before midnight; £5 after. Weekly. The highly respected mix of reggae, ragga. R&B, rap and hip hop continues to be one of the strongest nights for music of black origin in town. I Messenger Sound System at The Bongo Club. 11pm—3am. £7. 6 Jan. Fortnightly. Fight off the winter blues with the Caribbean cool of the leading roots, rock steady and dub reggae night, featuring a live PA from Afrikan Simba. I Mingln' at Studio 24 (upstairs). 10.30pm-3am. £5. 13 Jan. Fortnightly. First session of the new year at this gay- friendly house, trance and techno fest hosted by Brian Dempster and Alan Joy for a loyal crowd.
I The Mission at Studio 24. 11pm-3am. £5 (£4). 6 Jan. Fortnightly. Astoundingly popular haunt for the alternateens of the capital, featuring three rooms of up-to- date darkness: head upstairs for goth and industrial goings-on, to the main ﬂoor for rock, nu metal and guitar-based sounds and up to the wee front room for general weirdness, sometimes on a skate, punk or indie slant.
I Nameless at The Attic. 10.30pm—3am. £6. Weekly. An ever-changing selection of seasoned professionals, featuring