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MANGA’S SIXTH BIRTHDAY La Belle Angele, Edinburgh, Fri 25 Jan

The. backstage area at La Belle Angele isn’t huge. For Manga’s sixth birthday it’ll probably be busier than the main dancefloor, which, considering how consistently heaving the drum & bass

night gets, is saying something.

DJ and promoter G-Mac (George MacDonald to his nan) has decided against bringing in a big name guest for the evening, instead inviting DJs from across Scotland. Among those on-side are Manga residents DJ Kid, MC Feelman and AJ, plus Kemal & Rob Data, Tania Swift and Paul Reset (Glasgow), DJ Tez (Aberdeen) and The General (Selkirk). MacDonald himself seems a little surprised at the turnout: ‘It’s turned itself into a Scottish drum 8. bass convention because we’ve got everyone we’ve worked with from Scotland along to play. People may only get about 45 minutes each but that should still be enough for them to

do something good.’

The focus on local acts was perhaps inspired by last year’s birthday. ‘It was OK,’ MacDonald remembers, ‘but Grooverider had only just come back from his holiday that afternoon and he didn’t even know which box of records he had with him to play.’ It was still an entertaining night, but one that perhaps illustrates that if you’re having a party, bringing in a big name DJ means importing a vibe as much as celebrating your own.’

That’s not to say that Manga are opposed to getting the guests in - Ronnie Size and Fabio are among past visitors - while the next few months see the arrival of Kenny Ken and (belatedly) Goldie. Dates at Glasgow’s soon-to-be-reopened Sub Club are also pencilled in.

Six years on and going strong, Manga is still the daddy of the Scottish scene, but MacDonald views the arrival of newer nights on the scene in a mixed light. ‘There’ve been people who’ve done it sensibly,’ he says, ‘and people who’ve come from other areas and done it differently, because down south it’s a constant battle, whereas up here it’s always been a few people doing stuff together. But we’ve got it pretty well sewn up. A lot of DJs won’t play anywhere besides Manga.’ (James Smart)

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