10.30pm–3am. £5. The techno retro soundtrack of 50s rock, 60s grooves and 70s psychedelia. ■ Bubblegum at the Hive. Weekly 10pm–3am. Free before 11pm; £4 after. A student friendly chewed up, spat out mix of electro, pop, dance, disco, soul and indie. ■ Circus at GHQ. Weekly 9pm–3am. Free before 11pm; £5 after. Pop and dance tunes across two rooms from DJ Darren and Dowzer. FREE Disco Inferno at Sportsters Bar. Weekly 9pm–3am. Disco all night long as Edinburgh’s clubbing institution struts its stuff once more all under the watchful gaze of DJ Johnny Starr (strictly over 25s). ■ His & Hers at Electric Circus. 11 Dec, 10.30pm–3am. £5 before midnight; £6 after. The Baron and The Regent serve up the best in indie, punk and alternative. ■ I Love . . . at City Nightclub. Weekly 11pm–3am. £8. DJ Garry Spence (Galaxy FM) plays all the best mainstream chart and dance. ✽✽ JakN at the Store. 4 Dec, night. Getting in the festive spirit early with a pre-Xmas party of hard beats form Morphamish (live), Se3onz on three dex and The Apprentice back-to- back with FuK-NuT. ■ Late’n’Live at the Jazz Bar. Weekly 11pm–3am. £5 (£3). See Fri. Featuring funk/soul from Manchester five-piece Rene (4 Dec) and Afrobeat from Diwan (11 Dec). ■ Liquid Soul at Po Na Na. Weekly 10pm–3am. £4 before 11pm; £7 after. Get down early for this consistently capacity retro-disco and funky house night, featuring Po’s own Mark B on the decks fusing classic and bang up-to-date funky house for those in the know. ■ Lulu at Lulu. Weekly 9pm–3am. Free before 10pm; £4 before 11pm; £8 after. Electro, club hits, sexy disco and chart favourites. ■ Messenger Sound System at the Bongo Club. 4 Dec, 11pm–3am. £6 before midnight; £7 after. The mighty Messenger Sound System blasts out the best in righteous reggae, dub and roots with MC Ras Echo. Joined by special guests The Educators (Burning Bush, Errol T and Mr Fabulous). ■ Miami Baby at the One Below. Weekly 10pm–3am. Free before 11pm; £6 after. Big sexy house, nu disco and feel good classics at this house night from DJ Finesse, that aims to be Edinburgh’s answer to Hed Kandi or Fierce Angel. ■ Mumbo Jumbo at the Bongo Club. 11 Dec, 11pm–3am. £5 before midnight; £8 after (£5). Headspin’s Steve Austin and Colin Miller join forces with Tackno’s Trendy Wendy mixing up funk, soul, electro, house and good time party tunes. ■ Opal Lounge at Opal Lounge. Weekly 9pm–3am. Free before 10pm; £4 before 11pm; £8 after. Late night soiree featuring DJ Dave Shedan and a fusion of glamorous vocal house and accessible electro with a hint of R&B. FREE Saturday Showdown at CC Blooms. Weekly 11pm–3am. DJ Shazza wants your dancing feet upstairs with her chart tunes, while DJ Blondie is standing up for herself downstairs with harder versions of pop and dance classics. Bar open from 6pm. ■ Sick Note Saturday at Cabaret Voltaire. 11 Dec, 11pm–3am. £3 before midnight; £5 after. The indie/electro night hosts another of its new monthly Saturday night specials. ■ Tease Age at Citrus Club. Weekly 11pm–3am. Free before 11pm; £6 after. This indie stalwart dishes up everything from swinging 60s hits to baggy Manchester faves as well as a host of current ‘NME’ chart botherers with DJ Monkee Mickee. Edinburgh’s longest continually running indie night. ■ The Egg at Wee Red Bar. Weekly 11pm–3am. £1 before 11.30pm; £3 after (ECA students free before 11.30pm; £2
after). Indie, 60s garage, electro, northern soul, ska, 70s punk and new wave at this Edinburgh institution for those in the know after a quick fix of decent music and attitude free clubbing. ■ The Go-Go at Studio 24. 4 Dec, 11pm–3am. £5 (£4). Swinging 60s garage, soul, mod, soul, new wave, surf and sleazy listening from residents Tall Paul and Big Gus. ■ Toga Party at the Lane. 4 Dec, 10.30pm–3am. £5 (£3 in togas). Cheap drinks will keep everyone well watered at this student-centric toga party. ■ Ultragroove at Cabaret Voltaire. 4 Dec, 11pm–3am. £5 before midnight; £8 after (students £5). Deep soulful house with a dash of disco from Gareth Sommerville. Craig Smith (6th Borough) heads the final Ultragroove of 2010 alongside Stephen Rodgers (Elements of Soul). ■ Va Va-Voom!!!! at Electric Circus. 4 Dec, 10.30pm–3am. Decadent night of sultry sounds with burlesque, dance and theatre performances to put a bit of glamour back in your life with hosts Miss Dee Itsy and DJ Cat. Christmas special of ‘Freezing Frolics’ and ‘Winter Wonders’ featuring Miss Hell’s Belle, Vendetta Vain and Cherry Loco. ■ Velvet at Cabaret Voltaire. 11 Dec, 10.30pm–3am. £3 before 11pm; £5 (£4) after. The women’s club night with an inclusive LGBTI policy and some kickin’ tunes is back on track in its new home - The Speakeasy. With DJ Jeremy. FREE Volume! at Sneaky Pete’s. 4 Dec, 11pm–3am. The Volume! crew brings the dubstep to Sneakys for an intimate set of heavy bass at this bi- monthly residency. Featuring the bassline sounds of Echodub’s DFRNT. FREE Wired For Sound at the Village. 4 Dec, 9pm–1am. Funky mix spanning the decades as Allan Dunbar (Headspin) and Steven Wanless (Taste) dig deep into the vaults. Chart & Party ■ Embrace at Lava Ignite. Weekly 10pm–3am. £7 (£2 before 11pm). Chart dance hits from Stuart Lewis plus R&B, 60s, 70s and 80s anthems across the other dancefloors. ■ Love Groove at Stereo. Weekly 9pm–1am. £5 (£2) before midnight; £6
(£3) after. Mix of chart anthems, disco and classic dance tunes.
Clubs FREE Coalition at Sneaky Pete’s. Weekly 11pm–3am. Drum & bass, breaks, dubstep, techno and electro from the resident team every week. FREE Mile High Club at GHQ. Weekly 11pm–3am. Take off with Head Stewardess Cilla Slack for a night of mid-air frolics in the cockpit. FREE Overspill at the Store. Weekly 11pm–3am. Playing the best in house, tech-house and techno. ■ Rise at Opal Lounge. Weekly 10pm–3am. £5. Johnny Frenetic mashes up a unique and energetic three deck mix of funky house, sexy urban and indie infused electro, club classics and remixes. FREE Sunday Skool at CC Blooms. Weekly 11pm–3am. Weekly 90s nostalgia-fest with DJ Shelle La Belle. Bar open from 9pm. FREE The Sunday Rock Show at the Hive. Weekly 10pm–3am. Modern and classic rock anthems. ■ Tipsy at Lulu. 5 Dec, 10.30pm–3am. £tbc. R&B, urban and hip hop from residents Nick G and DJ Prospect at what they promise will be ‘the hottest Sunday night party in town’. Tipsy’s seventh birthday continues with an exclusive Scottish date from US R&B group B2K. Chart & Party ■ DNA at Lava Ignite. Weekly 10pm–3am. £7 (£4 before 11pm; £5 after). Student night of cheesy classics, R&B and chart hits (plus two hot tubs!).
Edinburgh Mondays Clubs ■ Decadence at Lulu. Weekly 10pm–3am. £tbc. OK so fair enough, it’s Mon, but that’s no excuse. ■ Full Moon Monday at Shanghai. Weekly 10pm–3am. £5. Thai beach party and UV rave. FREE Mixed Up Mondays at the Hive. Weekly 10pm–3am. R&B, hip hop, pop and floor fillers.
Edinburgh’s home of dubstep, Volume!, will rock to the sounds of DFRNT this month. Running his own Echodub label, editing Modus magazine and currently working on the follow up to Metafiction, Edinburgh resident DFRNT is a busy man specialising in deep spacey dubstep that brings to mind early drum & bass and dark hypnotic techno (DFRNT also plays Innuendub, Cabaret Voltaire, 10 Dec). ■ Volume! At Sneaky Pete’s, Edinburgh, Sat 4 Dec.
FREE Nu Fire at Sneaky Pete’s. Weekly 11pm–3am. Showcase of underground hip hop, dubstep, drum & bass, electro and MCs. ■ Subzero at Opal Lounge. Weekly 10pm–3am. £5. Cool and classy trendy get-together. ■ Trade Union at Cabaret Voltaire. Weekly 11pm–3am. £2 (students/hospitality staff £1). After a wee break Trade Union is back to take care of Monday nights at the Cab with a mix of techno, beats and pieces from WolfJazz, Beefy and guests.
Edinburgh Tuesdays Clubs FREE Antics at the Hive. Weekly 10pm–3am. Rock, emo, punk and metal dispatches from Edinburgh’s alt.scene. ■ Couture at Opal Lounge. Weekly 10.30pm–3am. £5. A space for ‘Edinburgh’s it-crowd to network’ with a cool soundtrack of hip hop, funk, R&B and party jams from Cunnie and Gino. ■ Dirty Sex at Lulu. Weekly 10pm–3am. £tbc. Raunchy dance beats. FREE Love Traffic at GHQ. Weekly 11pm–3am. Pulling doesn’t get any easier than this. At a traffic light party everyone knows where they stand: red for no thanks, amber for maybe, green for definitely. With DJ Dale Lush. FREE Soul Jam Hot at Sneaky Pete’s. Weekly 11pm–3am. Old school, real deal soul, garage and R&B. FREE Split at Cabaret Voltaire. Weekly 11pm–3am. Drum & bass, electro, techno and breakbeat with Shadowskill, the Dropout DJs, Dogma and a smattering of very talented local guests. FREE Tom Waits Birthday Night 2010 at Wee Red Bar. 7 Dec, 8pm–midnight. Celebrating the great man's 61st birthday with music from Closing Time to Glitter and Doom and all that lies in between, including some extreme rarities and visual treats.
Edinburgh Wednesdays Clubs FREE Axis at Sneaky Pete’s. Weekly 11pm–3am. Electro, techno, dubstep and bassline. ■ Bangers & Mash at the Hive. Weekly 10pm–3am. £1 before 11pm; £3 (£2) after. Student night of chart R&B and dance from the Big Cheese DJs. ■ Candyboxx at the Lane. Weekly 10.30pm–3am. £5 (£4). Student night of electro and dubstep. ■ Indigo at the Liquid Room. Weekly 10.30pm–3am. £3 (£1). Midweek indie and alternative night from DJ Keiron (Evol). ■ Judgement at Shanghai. Weekly 10pm–3am. £tbc. A night of Ibiza house, lasers, smoke machines and dancers. FREE JungleDub at the Bongo Club. Weekly 11pm–3am. Showcasing the Scottish dub, dubstep and jungle scene. ■ Monaco at Opal Lounge. Weekly 10pm–3am. £tbc. Glamorous night of house and beats from Jez Hill. ■ Promiscuous at Lulu. Weekly 10pm–3am. £5. Each night starts with a ‘ladies only hour’ with cocktails, pitchers, chocolate strawberries and male butlers, followed by a chart/electro mix. ■ Roller Boogie at City Nightclub. Weekly 10.30pm–3am. £6 (£5). Old skool roller disco (skate hire £1.50) with a retro soundtrack. FREE Shake at the Store. Weekly 9pm–3am. ‘House party’ promising beer pong and twister with drinks deals and Aaron Main (Vanity), Daoija (Innuendub) and Jacou (Nu-Fire) playing an eclectic mix of dubstep, electro, funk and hip hop. FREE Slap Bang at Cabaret Voltaire. Weekly 11pm–3am. Musical mish mash of disco, funk, house and electro from DFault and Picassio. ■ Viva at GHQ. Weekly 11pm–3am. £5. Up beat, decadent midweek clubbing with Jordan Cochrane, Ka-powzer and DJ Karol.
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