DRAG DJ TASTY TIM
Luvely at The Honeycomb, Sat 20 Oct. g V g N ib‘éﬁ'a’ge when guest DJs are like North Atlantic cod stocks (hard to get
hold of, and when you do get them, they’re usually the wrong sort), finding someone who actually lobbies to play at a club is a pleasant surprise. But this was precisely how Tasty Tim, who produces as T-Total, first played at Luvely. ‘My good friend DJ Princess Julia first got me switched onto the club,’ he explains, ‘she told me how great it was, so I basically pestered my agents till they got me the gig! It was FAB and I’m really looking forward to
coming back again.’
Luvely is six in January, and you don’t survive that long without a fair bit of devotion from both promoters and punters. The mixed club began in Club Mercado in 1996, but soon moved to Wilkie House where it established itself as a Saturday night institution. When Wilkie closed down, Luvely, alongside Sublime, went to The Honeycomb. According to back room resident Dean Newton, the move wasn’t without its problems. ‘lt’s been a bit transitional,’ he reveals. ‘We had a bit of a lull for a while, to be honest, but we’re back to full strength now. And the vibe at the moment is
a good as I’ve ever known it to be.’
The Edinburgh scene is largely a dress-down one, but Luvely has long bucked the trend, with theme nights and outrageous costumes almost as central to its vibe as the music itself. After a brief break from the dressing-up theme, August saw it return with a ‘Punks & Princesses’ night, while this fortnight is the intriguingly titled ‘Adam Ant Vs Deviant’.
Tasty Tim, as you might have guessed, is one to make an effort. ‘I always DJ in drag,’ he says, ‘I guess you could say I’m a bit of a “drag addict”.’ You learn to adapt to it, though that doesn’t mean that I don’t take the odd tumble in heels. But sometimes you don’t know you’ve had a good night unless you wake up with a few bruises, now do
you?’ (James Smart)
I Soul Resistance at The \v'ash (formerly The ('arwash ). ‘)pm~ lam. Free. Weekly. Northern Soul. rare groove. hammond ja/l and freakbeats galore \\ ith your host Craig Jamieson (Modern Lovers). I UrbannHangSuite at Bann‘s. llpm-3am. Free. Weekly. Light vegetarian snacks served to a stranger swinging soundtrack from Son of l’gly.
I Waxworks presents at PopRokil. 9pm—lam. Free. Weekly. Rotational residents (iareth Somerv ille. The Squalor Show and Mr Todd dish the funky house. hip hop and soul for your pre-clubbing delight.
I Yush! at The City Cafe. 9pm 1am. Free. 27 ()ct. Fortnightly. A.J. (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 1.1tllllt1 Room. 10.30pm- 3am. £7 (£5). 20 ()ct. Fortnightly. Plastic fantastic house night hosted by residents Murray Richardson. (iail Sellars and Marco Smith. The recent addition of the intimate back room means that tip-and- coining local l)Js (iav in Anderson and Nic Cavendish get in on the action too. playing deep house and uplifting. funky techno respectively. As far as guest action goes. (Eraeme Park's here on .3 Nov.
I Airborne at The Venue (all floors ). 10pm 3am. £14ltbc). 27()ct. Monthly. The underground techno night takes flight once again and packs yet another tidy guest in the form of [K techno lord Dave Clarke. All very exciting. arrive early to guarantee entry etc.
I Ascension at 'l‘eviot Row t‘nion. 10.30pm -3am. £3 (£2). 20 ()ct. Monthly. Fisl) out your fetish wear for this traditional night of goth. industrial and electro.
I Atomic Baby at La Belle Angele. 10.30pm 3am. £10 (£8). 27 ()ct. Monthly. Progressive house heaven at this leading ' soiree featuring the residents l)Js Michael
Kilkie. [ammo and Stuart Duncan and their
guest. Yogi \an Bellen (Saints (k Sinners). I Blast at Club Mercado. 1 1pm late. £10/£8. 20 ()ct. l-‘ortnighlly. The infamous Huggy Burger Queen and his trusty sidekick Markell raise the roof yet again with their sassy selection of house and garage grooves. 1f yotFt‘c starting early. check the official pre-cluh at Acanthus.
I Blitz at The Venue (top floor). 10.30am 3am. £7. :0 ()cl. Monthly. A fresh new take on clubbing classics from the resident l)Js l)oc. Strax. Rossi, Antlv T and Kamika/e. I I 6.6. Blooms at ('.('. Blooms. 10.30pm 3am (bar from ()Plll ). Free.
Weekly. 1)] Ally is back again will) more of her trademark high-camp-to-house decknical expertise at this always hoaching gay \enue.
I A Deep Sensation at Noa.
11pm 3am. £10. 27 ()ct. Monthly. A l)eep Sensation join forces with (ilasgow‘s (‘lubsolc to present the Scottish debut of acclaimed house and garage talent 1)] Spen of Spen ck Kari/ma infamy.
I Disco Inferno at ligo.
10.30pm 3am. £7 (£5 in fancy dress). 20 ()ct. Monthly. Throw caution to the wind and hurl yourself headlong into a fiery furnace of red hot disco. Regular l)Js Nick Silver. MC ()tis and 1)] Love will be stoking it up in the main room. while 1)] Casanova plays more relaxed grooves in the ('ocleau Lounge.
I District at Noa. Monthly. Next date 3 Nov.
I Divine Divas at The Venue (top floor). Monthly. Next date 10 Nov.
I The Egg at The Wee Red Bar.
11pm 3am. £-l (£3.50). Weekly. Still the best mix of indie. ()(ls garage. Northern soul. ska and soundtracks you're likely to stagger across.
I Essential at The Liquid Room. 10.30pm 3am. £() (£5). 27 ()ct. Fortnightly. Radio Forth's Kevin Jones
join forces with Martin \‘alentine
(Taste/1"l'isktttliscol it)!” some ‘essential' dirty house and 1S garage action.
I Eye Candy at Club Mercado.
llpm late. £10 (£8): £(i ifoutrageously attired. 27 ()ct. Fortnightly. Residents (iraeme l’opstar. Nejat Barton and Neil ('rookston host their infamous. glam home party. Remember to ‘1)ress glam or scram‘.
I Fiesta Latina at 'l‘eviot Row l‘nion. 0.30pm 2am. £4.50 (£3.50/£3.50). 20 ()ct. Monthly. lidinburgh's longest running l,atino night ( 10 years old in 2002’) is back in business following a rather long summer siesta.
I Freefall Edinburgh at The
Honey comb. Monthly. Next date 3 Nov. I The Funk Train at Potterrow. 10pm 3am. £5 (£3). 20 ()ct. Monthly. Hop aboard for righteous soul and dirty ass funk. Please note that only students and their guests can gain entry to this night.
I The Halloween Ball at The Assembly Rooms. 8pm 1am. £15 (£12). 37 ()ct only. l.othian (iay & Lesbian Switchboard present this one-off extravagan/a featuring 'Iattiehogles (‘eilidh Band and 1)] ’l'rendy Wendy 's pttl'l) \L‘lccllttll. il‘lL'l'xL'IS and mute information available from the venue and at New low [1 Bar and Out Of The Blue.
Drag addict Tasty Tim
I Headspin at The Bongo Club. Monthly. Next date 3 Nov with guest 1)] Mark Rae (Rae 8; Christian).
I It at The Honeycomb. l0pm~3am. £10. 27 ()ct. Fortnightly. Tough shit if you thought X-Press 2 were playing. 'cause they‘re not. Instead it's a residents night showcasing garage and progressive house with Jon Mancini. Craig Smith and Yogi llaughton.
I Joy at ligo. llpm~3am. £10 (£8). 27 ()ct. Fortnightly. Maggie and Alan's meaty house institution. including Trendy Wendy and Sally Finlay’s saucy mix ofchart. pop and garage in the downstairs suite. Arrive early to guarantee entry as Joy‘s hitting capacity most dates of late.
I Last Night A DJ Stole My Wife at Po Na Na. 1 lpm—3am. £3. Weekly. 1)] 4th Varmint. keeping it real with the old skool to nu skool beats thing.
I Latin Explosion at The Mambo Cltib. l0pm~—3ant. £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 Latino Loco at lil Barrio.
l0pm— 3am. Free before 1 lpm; £2 alter. Weekly. The original Latino chart party continues with the freshest beats from the barrio from 1)] Hector and his Latin ptiSSC.
I Luvely at The Honeycomb.
llpm late. £10 (£8). 20 ()ct. Monthly. The highly hedonistic. gay-friendly house party gets suitably saucy this month as Drag 1)] Tasty Tim joins the main room residents Tommy Kay and Jared. Funky l'S house takes control in the back room with Newton & Stone and this month's dress code is ‘Adam Ant \‘s Deviant'. See preview.
I The Mambo Club at The Mambo Club. (()pm-r3am. £4 (£3 with llyer) before midnight; £5 after. Weekly. Sir ()ssie takes his ragga. hip hop and reggae showcase on an African tip. mixing it up with Socca and other indigenous (lavas.
Messenger Sound System at The Bongo Club. 1 lpm—3am. £7. 27 ()ct. l-‘ortnightly. Highly exciting instal- ment of the nigh-on-legendary dub reg- gae showcase. seeing as it features the world's No. 1 spiritual warrior Jah Shaka. Arrive early to avoid tears before bedtime and see llitlist.
I Mingin’ at Studio 2-1 (upstairs). 10.30pm 3am. £5. 20 ()ct. Fortnightly.
No-nonsense. gay-friendly clubbing where it‘s the filthy house and twisted trance from the residents Brian Dempster and Alan Joy that matters and not the decor. dress code or attitude. 1 I The Mission at Studio 24. i 1 lpm—3am. £5 (£4). 27 ()ct. Fortnightly. Astoundingly popular haunt ; for the alternateens of the capital
featuring three rooms of up-to-date ' darkness. I Opium at ()pium. 10pm—3am. Free. 1 Weekly. The all-new rock bar cum club complex takes hold of Edinburgh’s after- 1 hours scene like a Rottweiler to a small. defeneeless child. In terms of music
policy ~ yep. you guessed it! — it's rock. ) nu-metal and alternative/indie from resident gal DJ. Marsha.
I Oxygen at Studio 24 (downstairs). ; 10pm—3am. Members £8 before } midnight. £10 after; non-members £10 before midnight. £13 after. 20 Oct. Fortnightly. Another chance to work it like there‘s no tomorrow at this pumping house party. this month featuring residents Alpha. Dow-zer. AJ Gibson and guest [)1 Andy Farley (the).
I Phosphoresence at The Venue (lower two floors). Monthly. Next date 10 Nov.
I Posh Halloween Extravaganza at Club Java. ()ptn—late. £7 (£5 in fancy dress). 27 ()ct. Monthly. The Posh posse play host to a massive Halloween party where there’s a £200 prize up for grabs for the creepy clubber in the best costume. tarot readers to predict your future and spooky goings-on to aid and abet your fright night. All this plus a masterful melange of familiar nu—jazz. R&B. soul and feisty funk served tip by l)Js Kye and Plum. Please note that entry to the fancy dress competition ends at
I Progression at The Liquid Room. Next date 15 Dec.
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