■ Circus at GHQ. Weekly 9pm–3am. Free before 11pm; £5 after. Pop and dance tunes across two rooms from DJ Darren and Dowzer. ■ Club 10-86 at the Lane. 29 Jan, 10.30pm–3am. £5 before midnight; £7 after (students £4). Techno night with guest Sasha Carassi. ■ Dare! at Cabaret Voltaire. 29 Jan, 11pm–3am. £5. Taking over the Speakeasy with a celebration of dance music from through the ages (from Gorgio Moroder to Mylo) all from the masterful Jon Pleased Wimmin and Adam le Chic. ■ Definition at Sneaky Pete’s. 22 Jan, 11pm–3am. £3 (members free). Dancefloor friendly underground house, electro, minimal and techno cuts from residents Mark Balneaves and Martin Lightbody. ■ Devil Disco Club at the Bongo Club. 22 Jan, 11pm–3am. £5 before midnight; £7 after (£4 before midnight; £6 after). No wave, vintage disco, electro funk, proto house and New York classics from the Trouble DJs and their friends Simonotron and Kris Wasabi. Featuring a live set of weird synthtronica from Ben Butler & Mousepad. ■ 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. ■ Filth at Sin. Weekly 11pm–3am. £5. Mash-ups from Richie Ruftone and DJ Babes. ■ I Love . . . at City Nightclub. Weekly 11pm–3am. £8. DJ Garry Spence (Galaxy FM) plays all the best mainstream chart and dance.
✽✽ FREE JakN at the Store. 22 Jan, 10.30pm–3am. Techno night.
Jan, 10pm–3am. £12. Forward Hosting a special January Sale with a free night of techno, dark house, electro, breakbeat and drum & bass. ✽✽ Karnival at Cabaret Voltaire. 29 thinking house night Karnival reach their fifth birthday this month with a rather special treat up their sleeves as they welcome a showdown from Andrew Weatherall and Ivan Smagghe who go head-to-head and back-to-back. ■ Late’n’Live at the Jazz Bar. Weekly 11pm–3am. £5 (£3). Late night jazz and funk acts and DJs. Featuring blues/funk form Ka-Tet (22 Jan) and jazz/funk/rock from Glamour & The Baybes (29 Jan). ■ Liquid Soul at Po Na Na. Weekly 10.30pm–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. £4 before 11pm; £8 after. Electro, club hits, sexy disco and chart favourites. ■ Madchester at the Liquid Room. 22 Jan, 10.30pm–3am. £6. Back where it belongs at the Liquid Room, Madchester plays the best the baggy era had to offer (think Happy Mondays, Stone Roses and The Charlatans). ■ Messenger Sound System at the Bongo Club. 29 Jan, 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. ■ Playdate at Sneaky Pete’s. 29 Jan, 11pm–3am. £3 (members free). House night with a few leftfield cuts from Steven and Stewart. 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. ■ Sounds of Soul at Cabaret Voltaire. 22 Jan, 11pm–3am. £5 before 1am; £7 after. The Ladies on Rotation (Simmone Black, Jo Myles, The Blonde Flash,
Andrew Weatherall vs Ivan Smagghe
Karnival hits its fifth birthday this month and open the floodgates to everything from dubby techno and sharp electro to rockabilly and punk, booking the unbeatable double act that is Andrew Weatherall vs Ivan Smagghe for what is January’s must-see club set. ‘We do two or three tracks each or sometimes we do an hour each or half an hour on and off, it depends how long we’ve got to play,’ says Weatherall. So pretty much anything goes from two of electronica’s most respected DJs. ■ Karnival at Cabaret Voltaire, Edinburgh, Sat 29 Jan.
Nicki Lowdown and Isla Blige) provide the soul, house, real disco, funk and boogie selections. ■ 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. ■ Trilogy at Cabaret Voltaire. 22 Jan, 11pm–3am. £3 before midnight; £5 after. Ali Meldrum presents Sugarbeat’s Trilogy for a night of breaks, beats and LeBouf’s birthday celebrations. ■ The Underground at Studio 24. 29 Jan, 11pm–3am. £5 (£4). Classic punk, new wave, modern punk, ska and 80s alternative sounds. ■ VEGAS! at the Voodoo Rooms. 29 Jan, 8.30pm–1am. £5. Hip daddy swing, country classics and sleazy listening at the multiple award-winning, multi-genre club night for movers, groovers, hipsters, flipsters, guys and dolls as Vegas! mark the end of the festival in style. ■ Xplicit at the Liquid Room. 29 Jan, 10pm–3am. £10 in advance; £12 on the door. The hard drum & bass night celebrates its sixth birthday with a set from Sub Focus with MC ID. See preview, page 34. Chart & Party ■ Embrace at Lava Ignite. Weekly 8.30pm–1am. £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 11pm–3am. £5 (£2) before midnight; £6 (£3) after. Mix of chart anthems, disco and classic dance tunes.
Sunday Clubs FREE Coalition at Sneaky Pete’s. Weekly 11pm–3am. Drum & bass, breaks, dubstep, techno and electro from the resident team every week. FREE Killer Kitsch at Cabaret Voltaire. Weekly 11pm–3am. Killer Kitsch returns to Edinburgh as Euan Neilson and David
Sinclair import their mix of dance, electro, 80s synth pop, new wave and punk to the Cab. 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. ■ Rise at Opal Lounge. Weekly 10.30pm–3am. £5 (£4). Johnny Frenetic mashes up an energetic three deck mix of house, sexy urban and indie infused electro, club classics and remixes. ■ Sunday Roast at the Liquid Room. Weekly 10.30pm–3am. Free before midnight; £2 after. The biggest indie, pop, electro and dubstep tunes. FREE The Sunday Rock Show at the Hive. Weekly 10pm–3am. Modern and classic rock anthems. FREE Sunday Service at Sin. Weekly 10pm–3am. Big backpacker party. FREE Sunday Skool at CC Blooms. Weekly 11pm–3am. Weekly 90s nostalgia-fest with DJ Shelle La Belle. ■ Tipsy at Lulu. Weekly 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’. 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!).
Monday 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. 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). Trade Union is back to take care of Monday nights with a mix of techno, beats and pieces from WolfJazz, Beefy and guests. Chart & Party FREE The Monday Club at Sin. Weekly 10pm–3am. Dance, chart, pop and hip hop form DJ Gianni.
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. FREE Soul Jam Hot at Sneaky Pete’s. Weekly 11pm–3am. Old school, real deal soul, garage and R&B. Skins Tour at the Caves. 25 Jan, 7pm–2am. £1. The cheeky teen drama rolls into Edinburgh (home town of new cast member Freya Mavor) live line-up still tbc but DJ sets from Jigsaw, Kid Adrift and the Flux DJs are promised. For tickets and updates visit http://skinstour.fatsoma.com/home.php. FREE Split at Cabaret Voltaire. Weekly 11pm–3am. Drum & bass, electro, techno and breakbeat with Shadowskill, the Dropout DJs, Dogma and guests. Chart & Party ■ Flirty at Stereo. Weekly 10pm–3am. £4 (free before midnight; £2 after). Insanely successful night based on a complex numerical flirting system. If someone catches your eye, you write their number on the board next to your own, the idea being that they then rush up to you and get a bit jiggy. FREE Phat Tuesdays at Sin. Weekly 10pm–3am. Dancefloor favourites.
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 after. Student night of chart R&B and dance from the Big Cheese DJs. FREE Hush at Electric Circus. Weekly 10pm–1am. Cult retro sounds. ■ Indigo at the Liquid Room. Weekly 10.30pm–3am. £3 (£1). Midweek indie and alternative night from DJ Keiron. ■ Itchy Feet at Studio 24. 2 Feb, 10.30pm–3am. £tbc. Rock’n’roll, rhythm’n’blues, soul and funk at this retro student night. ■ 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. FREE Night Nookie at Sin. Weekly 10pm–3am. Electro, hip hop, dubstep, funk and bassline mash-ups. ■ 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. 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 10pm–3am. £5. Midweek clubbing with Jordan Cochrane, Ka-powzer and DJ Karol. Chart & Party ■ Utopia at Lava Ignite. Weekly 10.30pm–3am. £5. Student night of mainstream chart and dance, R&B and hip hop across two rooms.
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