Unless you fancy a nice meal, 5 Edinburgh‘s West End can be a little dull come Saturday night, a? which makes Noa’s roster of house nights a bit of a lifesaver. 5; James Smart takes a peek at the 3'4 preparations for Trafik’s first 3.: , birthday party. 37‘ gig Traffic? ln Edinburgh? Fetch the acid, Martha! What brings Stevie . ‘Higher Love’ Winwood and his psychedelic superband to 'i’i Scotland? You're embarrassing yourself again. This is Trafik. a night whose cavalier attitude to spelling points towards its nature as a funky. uplifting house night featuring SOme of Scotland's top Dds. They celebrate their first lmrthday this month. Brilliant. It’s not like we’ve already got enough nights i. playing ‘funky’, ‘uplifting’ house in town. This one's different. Long- . haired chef Brian Black got bored of finishing work late. struggling past 1’ unhelpful b0uncers and then i} discovering the club night he'd paid , a tenner to get into was shite. Then he organised his birthday party at I Noa. the owner dug the VIDO. and he ended tip starting his own night at the venue as an alternative to what '5 he saw on the scene. ;: ,: What about the music, man? Well. i; " the main room starts off on a fairly vocal, US tip Wllll Martin Valentine (FriscodiscO). DJ Leo (Deep Sensation) and Mr Black rotating before Daz Davres and Neil Brown (The Rhumba Club) move things in a tougher. more techy direction. In the front room. lllGéllT‘.‘/ITIIO. the likes of Stuart Hirst (Claim and Graeme lvlacLean (Eye Candy) keep the kids moving With a IlllX of progressrve : house and trance. Ooh, I’ve heard of some of them. Any guests? Indeed. Keiron Hart i moved down from Edinburgh in 1998 if; g to become a Tree Officer for Woking ' Borough Council. The lucky boy also got some DJing work. and since then has guested at Ministry of Setind and earned himself a residency at Work (The Cross» and Pacha's London v/ing. Which must take his mind off the trees. He came back to play at Edinburgh's i.‘ Friscodisco. our Brian liked his style and promptly booked him for the birthday bash. I Trafik at Noa. Edinburgh, Sat I7 Nov.
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I Rejuvenation at The Bongo Club. Monthly. Next date o Dec.
I Snatch Club at The Liquid Room. l().3()pm—3am. £3.50 (£2.50). Weekly. Relive the fun and games you had at cheap British holiday camps like Butlins at this funky disco ctun cabaret. with your hosts of distinction Mr Harry Ainsworth (aka ‘Perrier Newcomer Award' winner (iarth Cruikshank) and Spanky Alexander. Benny Hill-like antics will of course be rife and all drinks are available at 1970s prices.
I Sputnik at The Venue (top floor). I().3()pm--3am. £3. 22 Nov. Fortnightly. Residents Stephen Brown ('l‘ransmat). Hobbes. Dextor and Lisa Thomson fire tip the electronic funk frequencies of their leftlield house night. If you‘re starting early. check the pre-club at Pivo.
I 3 Piece Sweet at The Cocteatt Lounge. I lpm—3am. £2. 22 Nov. Monthly. Kylie. Salt ‘N' Pepa. Starlight and Mr Scruff are just some of the artists thrown into the party mix that's whipped tip a treat by Trendy Wendy. Sally Finlay and Nicki F aka The 3 Sweet Peas.
I Vortex at La Belle Angele. See Fri.
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I Old Skool Disco at Revolution. l().3()pm--3am. £4 (£3). Weekly. School uniform's obligatory at this all-new night where time past is relived in time present. DJ Tom Wilson unleashes blasts from the past twenty years of dance music and this fortnight. there's a (image Hill special (22 Nov).
I The 6, 7, 8 Special at Why Not'.’ I lpm 3am. £5. Weekly. A magical musical journey that takes you through the (ills. 70s. 80s and 90s with plucky survivor Disco Billy and his new friend Disco Diva Dale. Cage dancers a definite bonus.
I Soho at The Ark. l()pm—‘3am. £4 (£2 ). All the fun of London’s den of depravity at this sticky student showcase.
I The Subway at The Subway. ()pnr 3am. Free for students with matriculation card: £I otherwise. Weekly. A mainstream soundtrack plus the odd spot of indie.
I Thursday In The City at Club Mercado. 8pm 3am. Free. Weekly. Commercial chart and dance from (irant Stott and Micky (iavin (Radio Forth). plus drinks promos and surprise give- aways a plenty for those who want to start the weekend fashionably early.
I Ad-Lib at The Wash (formerly The Carwash). ()pm lam. Free. Weekly. Improvisational funk. soul and Latin vibes with DJ Ali Campbell.
I Bass Trap Sessions at Bani Boti. 9pm lam. Free. Weekly. Wise Manga master (i-Mac welcomes TNT's DJ Tel. ( lb Nov) and (ilasgow's Jengaheads (23 Nov) to his weekly fix of hand-picked narcotic breaks and beats. including all the latest hip hop. 2- step. R&B and drtun 6’; bass.
I Beluga at Beluga. 8pm—lam. Free. Weekly. A soulful set of urban beats with Yogi llaugltton ( 16 Nov). The following week (23 Nov). Iirik l)a Viking and Dom Flanagan span the house atid garage spectrum.
I Centro at City Cafe 2. ‘)pm---Iam. Free. to Nov. Fortnightly. L'Itragroove resident (iareth Sommerville aurally entertains the drinking masses with a sweet nu-ja/I and sultry house selection.
I Cuba Norte at Cuba Norte.
l()pm lam. Free. Weekly. Still supplying the broadest musical spectrum for Latin lovers and still pivotal to the whole Latin scene.
I Cuts & Strings at The ()tithouse. ()pin—lam. Free. 30 Nov. Monthly. Many. myriad moods of music ranging from house to hip hop. from techno to weird electro from those cheeky rapscallions Paul Mason. Kevin Roe. and Sean Keltie.
I Flashback at Flashback. 8pm—lam. Free. Weekly. DJ Randy Andy spins a retro chart mix for the over 2 I s.
I Greazed Up at The Spider‘s Web. 8pm—2am. £5. 23 Nov. Monthly. The wild and wanton rockabilly night celebrates seven years swinging. For this momentous occasion. Paul and his pals will let loose with all the best psychobilly rock and garage punk.
I Immersed In Music at Pivo. 9pm—lam. Free. Weekly. In the salubrious surrounds of this award- winning Czech theme bar. Glasgow‘s Jengaheads host a Disko Panic featuring free Frostbite shooters between 8—9pm and all the best breaks and beats ( 16 Nov). The following week. Neil MacDonald (Raw) cranks up the jackin' house boombox (23 Nov).
I Made In Iguana at Iguana.
9pm lam. Free. Weekly. A new Fri fixture sees the boys from Cnderground Solu'shn get bisay with the jiggy hip hop. house. funk. drum 8; bass and techno.
I Metalheadz at (‘ity (are. t)pm-Iam. Free. 23 Nov. Monthly. Fire tip yer drum & bass cylinders at this warm-up party to the main event at The Honeycomb.
I Mixed Bag at PopRokit. ()pin—Iam. Free. Weekly (not 23 Nov). Styler (Solefusion) and Spanky (Snatch Club) select the funk. soul and disco classics.
I Oxygen at ()xygen. 9pm- lam. Free. Weekly. Rotational residents Craig Smith (District) and Craig (iee (Freefall) celebrate the fact that they‘ve got the same christian name and pretty much the same taste in qtiality house music.
I UrbannHangSuite at Bann's.
1 1pm- 3am. Free. Weekly. Light vegetarian snacks served to a hip hop and breaks soundtrack from Dolphin Boy (Tummy Touch).
I Yo! Below at Yo! Below. 8pm—‘midnight. Free. Weekly. The sushi style bar gets the nit-jazz. R&B and dancefloor soul treatment from the Posh l)Js.
I Arakataca! at The Bongo Club. Monthly. Next date 7 Dec.
I Adaptor at Studio 24. l().3()pm—3am. £10 (£8). 23 Nov. Monthly. No details available at time of going to press.
I Big Beat at La Belle Angele. Monthly. Next date 7 Dec with guest DJ Dean Rudland.
O Boogie Mo Dynamo at ligo. l().3()pm 3am. £1() (£8 members). 23 (Nov. Monthly. Somewhat huge date for the Boogie Mo crew as they hand over control of the night to the breakbeat freaks from Finger Lickin‘ Records. Currently the world‘s leading indepen- dent breaks label, Finger Lickin‘ roll their fat and funky circus into town to celebrate the release of their latest compilation with a tour date that includes spots from Jessica Joy. Soul Of Man and Lee (‘oombs If you're starting early. check the pre—club at PopRokit. See preview and llitlist.
I Canned Heat at (iaia.
|()pm 3am. £4 (£2). Weekly. Ilarri ‘Let's (io’ with a reliable mix of dancefloor greats including pop. punk. funk and hip hop. Please note that entry to this event includes entry to R&B showcase Fiesta. See separate listing below.
I C.C. Blooms at CC. Blooms. l().3()pm--3am (bar from 6pm). Free. Weekly. DJ Ally does the decks duty at this gay night with her inimitable selection of high catnp and disco classics. moving on to pumped-up house and dance as the evening progresses.
I Cerotonin at The Venue (lower two floors). l().3()pm—3am. £8 (£6). 23 Nov. Monthly. Residents night at this tip-and-coming tech-trance showcase. featuring DJs Scott Pearce. (iraeme Marshall and Rob Thompson plus all the usual mood enhancing devices including Indian head massage and fluorescent body paint.
I Chromatic at The Venue (lower two floors). Monthly. Next date 7 Dec. I Club Latino at The Bongo Club. Monthly. Next date the. See listing below for ‘Night For Cuba'.
I Dischord at Studio 24. l [pin—3am. £3.50 (£2.50). 23 Nov. Monthly. Heavy metal. nu-metal. death-metal. extreme metal and some token goth with DJs Leaf. Wally. qu and Liz.
I Dr No’s at The Bongo Cltib.
l lpm—3am. £7 (£5). 3() Nov. Monthly. ()riginal Jamaican ska and classic rocksteady showcase featuring live entertainment from Pussycat Ska featuring Roddy Radiation of The Specials and DJ support from Mel. Mary Doll and Tam.
I El Segundo at The Bongo Club. l().3()pmn-3am. £6 (£5 ). 16 Nov. Monthly. Ilot to trot hip hop soiree featuring (ilasgow go-getters Steg (i 6’; The Freestyle Master. promoting their new release on Powerhouse Productions. DJ support comes from DJRedo and Kristo with back room funk supplied by Smirc. Chango atid lmposter.
I Evol at The Liquid Room. l().3()pm—3am. £4. Weekly. Edinburgh's longest running indie night (ten consecutive years. with no holidays and no sickies). providing an ever reliable mix of the best current and classic alternative. crossover tunes. It's an institution already and with the recent addition of the back room. playing host to Mr 6’; Mrs Mogwai. the future looks like a happy place for all things Iivol. I Fiesta at (iaia. | lpm-3am. £2 before midnight: £4 after. Weekly. All- new showcase where DJ Fabulo/ (Vibe. 2 l'rban) drops the latest pressings and jams from the hot and jiggy worlds of hip hop and R&B. VIP passes available every Sun at the Q Bar.
I Friscodisco at Noa. Monthly. Next date 7 Dec.
I La Fructa Bomba at [it Barrio. |()pm-3am. Free before I lpm: £2 after. Weekly. Rougth translated to mean ‘the bees-knees‘. join DJ llector. Nano and the Latin posse at this swinging barrio party where the tequila runs like water.
I The Fun at l-Zgo. Monthly. Next date 28 Dec.
I Funky Magic at The Cocteau Lounge (downstairs at ligo).
l lpm »3am. £5. 3() Nov. Monthly. Soul- fttelled deep house for pilgrims hosted by The Iloff Project and now boasting live percussion frotn Tagg.
I Future Noodle at Iigo.
l 1pm- 3am. £4. to Nov. Monthly. Residents' night at the all new (ecli- house and breaks showcase that aims to combine the underground feel of an original acid house party with the commercial stiss of the stiperclub. Iixpect hip hop. house. techno and drum & bass delights from Iiuan James (Lift. Iiccentric). Believe (Boogie Mo Dynamo). Dan Bland (The Flow) and Mikey Magic.
I The 60-60 at The Cocteau Lounge (downstairs at Iigo).
I lpm 4am. £4. Io Nov. Monthly. (iet
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