Ego, Picardy Place. Edinburgh, 0131 478 7434. Next date Fri 28 Mar Lush; adj: 1) abounding in lavish growth; 2) succulent and fleshy; 3) luxurious, elaborate or opulent. These are the various definitions of the word ‘lush’ in the Collins English Dictionary and according to Dale Wilkinson, DJ and club promoter, they aren’t far from the truth.
Named after a friend who was a lush of the variety not described in Collins, Wilkinson describes the club as ‘poppy, boozy and fun’. Wilkinson and his partner Craig Dempster set up the monthly club in 2000 but his DJing began several years ago and involved a copy of the teenage compilation favourite Now 26.
At the tender age of 15 his father coerced him into DJing at a social club in Edinburgh, went along with his New 26 and entertained the troops. Since then he has abandoned the notorious compilations and moved into club DJing through Club Java, the Saturday Social and Why Not? to fulfil his dream of being part of the Joy team.
As well as all this, he and Craig decided to start up a gay night at Why Not? and, with the demise of Queer Sunday, they were able to move Lushl to Ego on a Sunday night. Since then they have moved to the popular Friday night slot with Wilkinson keeping the crowds happy with his mix of accessible dance music, funky house and the odd old skool anthem thrown in from time to time.
Craig, on the other hand, goes for more of a pop vibe with everything from his idol Kylie to the not-so-perfect Steps. They seem to have found the right formula with a full house every month and an ever growing membership which entitles you to reduced price entry, priority entry on busy nights and first dlbs for live PA tickets.
As well as doing Lush! the boys also DJ on a Saturday night at Edinburgh’s best gay bar, Planet Out, where they take it in turns to perform some pre-club turntable trickery. According to Wilkinson plans for the future include lots more Lush! events which they intend to carry on until clubbers get bored of them. But before that happens there will be more live PAs (I’m not one to spread rumours, but Sonia’s name was mentioned) as well as plenty of guest DJs such as Michelle from Poptastic and Maggie from Joy as well as the possibility of going fortnightly.
But don’t panic if you are too young to go clubbing, because there's also the option of going to Lush Puppies before the main event for some under-18 sipping of fizzy pop and dancing to some chart topping sounds. Some of which you may even find on Now 50. (Jane Hamilton)
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Glasgow Sundays -
Icebreakera LGBT Centre. 11
l Dixon Street, 221 7203. 12.30—3pm.
Free. Sun 3 Mar. Monthly. Group for lesbians, gays and bisexuals new to the scene.
GOG Cycllng Group Contact 649 5896. Sun 10 Mar. Monthly. Call for
: Glasgow Mondays
Groups Holletlc Heallng Group LGBT
Centre. 11 Dixon Street. 221 7203. 7.30—10pm. Free. Weekly. To find out
I more about this group that meets every
Mon night contact 423 5952. Performance Group LGBT
j Centre. 11 Dixon Street. 221 7203.
7.30pm. Free. Weekly. Regular meeting
~ of anyone interested in theatre and music skills.
: Glasgow Tuesdays
BI-G-Lee Youth Group LGBT
Centre. 11 Dixon Street. 221 7203.
7—10pm. Free. Weekly. An open meeting for young LGBT up to the age of 25
Iceb'reakere Sadie Frost‘s, 8—10
West George Street. 332 8005. 8—9.30pm. Free. Tue 5 Mar. Monthly. Group for lesbians, gay men. bisexuals.
and the transgendered.
Cinema Southern Comfort GFT Rose Street. 332 8128. 6.30pm. £3.75-£4.75
(£2.00—£3.50). Tue 5 Mar. Kate Davis‘ 7 tender documentary about a transgender
community in the Deep South.
BI-Glaegow LGBT Centre, 1] Dixon
Street, 221 7203. 7.30pm. Free. Wed 6 Mar. Monthly. Regular meeting of the
Groealynx Group LGBT Centre, 11 Dixon Street, 221 7203. 7—10pm. Wed
13 Mar. Monthly.
Girls on Top Bennet‘s. Glassford
Comedy GOT In Glasgow The Stand. 333
Woodlands Road. 0870 600 6055.
8.30pm. £5 (£4). Wed 13 Mar. Monthly. The Stand‘s monthly dose of camp comedy and gay friendly laughs. Host
Steve Retson LGBT Centre. I l Dixon Street. 221 7203. 5.30 8.30pm. Free. Weekly. Gay men's sexual health advisory service. Suspended until Thu 21 Mar due to refurbishment. (‘ontaet 21 1 8601 for appointments.
Lesblan Health Clinic Sandyl'ot‘d Initiative. Sauehiehall Street. 211 (1700. 5.30—8 m. Free. Weekly. llealth ad\ ice. T.F.I. Bi-G-Les Youth Group LGBT Centre. 11 l)i\on Street. 22l 7203. 4—8pm. Free. Weekly. .»\n open meeting for young LGBT up to the age of 25
Glasgow G06 Badminton Games Hall. Knighlswootl Secondary School. (Tl) Knightswood Road. 954 2404. 7—9.3()pm. Weekly.
Glasgow GOC Swimmers (‘ontact 649 5896. 7.30 9pm. \‘veekly. lnl'ormal swimming session. ('all lot more inl‘ortttation.
LIPS (ilasgow Women's library. 109 Trongate. 552 8345/75.‘~9. 2-4pm. l-‘ree. Thu 28 Feb. Fortnightly. Support for lesbians and bisexual women under 25.
Glasgow Fridays '
T.F.I. Bl-G-Les Youth Group Drop In LGBT ('cntrc. ll l)i\on Street. 221 72(13.4—8pi.i. Free. Weekly. A drop in time for young l.(ili'l' tip to the age ()1135.
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Street. 552 5761. 11pm—3.30am. £3—£6 (£2-£5). Fri 1 Mar. Monthly. The girls come out to play on the second floor at Bennets‘ monthly women only night with DJ Sara spinning the toons.
Craig Hill introduces Deirdre O’Kane ' while Jill Peacock oversees the Campest Link competition.
A Streetcar Named Deelre
t Royal Lyceum Theatre. Grindlay Street, 248 4848. 7.45pm (Matinees 2.30pm
Wed, Sat & Sun 3 Mar). £7—£17.50 (£1—£15.50). Thu 28 Feb —Fri 15 Mar
(Not Sun or Mon except Sun 3 Mar). Is Blanche DuBois a man in drag? The
' ultimate gay play about losing yourself
: in anonymous sex. See review in Theatre section.
. Mam. Kings Theatre, 2 Leven Street.
i 529 6000. 7.30pm (Sat matinee
I 2.30pm). £7—£12.50. Tue 5—Sat 9 Mar.
; The ultimate ‘altemative family‘
‘ musical about glorying in being
different by gay composer Jerry
Gay Dada Scotland LGB Centre. 58a & 60 Broughton Street, 478 7069. 8pm. Free. Thu 28 Feb. Monthly.
Glasgow Saturdays j
LIPS Glasgow Women‘s Library, 109 Trongate. 552 8345/7539. 2—4pm. Free. Sat 2 Mar. Fortnightly. Project supporting young lesbians and bisexual women aged 25 and under.
MAST LGBT. l 1 Dixon Street. 221 7203. 2—5pm. Free. Sat 9 Mar. Monthly. By a pointment only.
CL A LGBT. l 1 Dixon Street. 221 7203. 2.30—430pm. Free. Sat 9 Mar. Monthly
Gay Rambllng Group Contact 950 1081. Sun 9 Mar. Fortnightly (alternating between Saturdays and Sundays). Call for more details on meeting places and times.
Dearly Departed Paisley Arts Centre. New Street, 887 1010. 7.30pm. £7 (£3.50). Sat 2 Mar. Alan Greig's experimental dance company has previoust explored ‘cottaging’. but now turns his considerable choreographic talents to death and mortality.
: Groups Julce Solas, 2/4 Abbeymount, 661 0982. 2—4pm. Free. Weekly. Informal
social group offering mutual support.
information, activities. guest speakers
and more for gay men affected by HIV
A Streetcar Named Deelre Until Fri 15 Mar. See Thu.
Mame Until Sat 9 Mar. See Thu. Clubs
Woman's Own Club Java. Commercial Street. Leith. 555 5622. 10pm-2am. £5 before midnight; £7 after. Fri 1 Mar. New club for women.
Resident DJ Roz isjoined by Lauren.
As an added bonus taxi fares of up to £5 can be claimed back by groups of ﬁve
when paying into the club with a valid
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Ego. Picardy Place. 478 7434. 10.30pm—3am. £8 (£6). Fri 8 Mar.
‘ Monthly. Hard-working house night
where residents Pete Owen and Rob
Hunter slave over hot decks for a mixed.
. Edinburgh Saturdays
Mlngln’ Studio 24 (upstairs), Calton
Road. 558 3758. 10.30pm—3am. £5. Sat
9 Mar. Fortnightly. No-nonsense. gay-
, friendly clubbing with hard house and
sexy trance from the residents Brian Dempster and Alan Joy.
' Joy Ego. Picardy Place. 478 7434.
10.30pm—3am. £10 (£8). Sat 2 Mar.
. Fortnightly. Maggie and Alan‘s meaty
house institution of hands-in-the-air
hedonism with residents including
Trendy Wendy. with Sally Finlay’s
. saucy mix of chart. pop and garage in the downstairs suite.
Iyo Candy Club Mercado. 36—39 Market Street, 226 4224. l 1pm—3am.
’ £10 (£8); £6 in fancy dress. Sat 9 Mar.
Fortnightly. Residents Graeme Popstar.
Nejat Barton and Neil Crookston host ' their infamous. glam house party.
Up The Venue. Calton Road. 557 3073. lOpm—3am. £8 (£6). Sat 2 Mar. Monthly. DJ‘s Michelle. Adrian Davenport and Nic Cavendish dole out a heady mix of progressive house and tribal trance at this. the clubs second birthday bash. Special giveaways and surprises are promised.
Luvoly The Liquid Room. 9c Victoria Street. 225 2564. 10.30pm—3am. £6. Sat 2 Mar. Monthly. Having recently celebrated its sixth birthday this lavish
house party goes from strength to
Angel Dellght The Venue, Calton Road. 557 3073. 10pm—3am. £6 (£4). Sat 9 Mar. Monthly. Just launched superclub for women with part of profits
' made going to charity.
The Glaremont 133—135 East Claremont Street. 556 5662. 8pm. Free.
Sat 16 Feb. Fortnightly. MSC and The Bears organise the night with a dress
code as wild as you dare.
A Streetcar Named Deelre L'ntil
Fri 15 Mar. See Thu. Mame Until Sat 9 Mar. See Thu.
. Clubs ' TI“. The Honeycomb. 15—17 Niddry
Street, 530 5540. 1 1pm—3am. £8 (£6).
Weekly. A heady blend of house and
garage with DJs Fisher & Price and uests. ube Ego. Picardy Place. 478 7434. 10.30pm—3am. £10. Sun 10 Mar.
. Fortnightly. New fortnightly club promising the very best of underground
' Edinburgh Fridays '
Theatre A Streetcar Named Dealre L'ntil Fri 15 Mar. See Thu. Sun 3 Mar sees a