spin the best in soul, doo-wop, rhythm & blues and rock’n’roll now with an added kick of live dancers on stage and down home blues in the loft. ■ Speaker Bite Me at Electric Circus. 4 Aug, 10.30pm–3am. £5. The Evol DJs take charge at this alternative disco night of indie, hip hop and a dash of electro, which features everything from Dizzee Rascal to The Cribs. ■ Tease Age at Citrus Club. Weekly 10.30pm–3am. £1 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. ■ Thunder Disco Fringe Heist at Cabaret Voltaire. 4 Aug, midnight– 5am. £7 (£5). Nineties house, techno and ‘sex disco’ from Jube and Rory as one of Glasgow’s finest young parties makes a special guest appearance in Edinburgh. ■ We Own at Sneaky Pete’s. 4 Aug, 11pm–5am. £5 (members free). The clothing brand and party starters present their own club tour. Kicking off the Festival with energetic new wave house from special guest Russ Chimes. FREE Wired For Sound at the Street. 4 Aug, 9pm–1am. Funky mix with no musical boundaries as Allan Dunbar (Headspin) and Steven Wanless (Taste/ Frisco Disco) dig deep into the vaults. Chart & Party ■ Club Paradiso at City Nightclub. Weekly 10.30pm–2am. £7 (students £5 before midnight). House, electro and urban hits across three rooms complete with lasers, lights and dancers. ■ Saturdays at Club Tropicana. Weekly 8pm–2am. Free before midnight; £4 after. Chart and party mix of 70s, 80s and 90s pop classics. ■ Saturdays at Silk at Silk. Weekly 10pm–2am. £6 (members £4). Robin Burgess and David Beatson mix up house, chart, dance and R&B. ■ The Sound of Saturday at Lava Ignite. Weekly 10pm–2am. £8. Big party night.
Edinburgh Sunday Clubs ■ The Bongo Cabaret & NYE Club at the Bongo Club. Sun 10pm–3am. £10 (£8). A big ol’ cabaret made up of acts drawn together from across the Fringe which transforms into, and yes you did read that right, a New Year’s Eve party every night. ■ Born To Be Wide at Electric Circus. 5 Aug, 8pm–3am. £3. Music industry seminar/social club that aims to bring musos, journalists, promoters, record shop workers and musicians together. Ten acts will be playing ten- minute sets giving a snapshot of the Edinburgh music scene. FREE The Church of High Kicks at CC Blooms. Weekly 6–11pm. New daytime gay/mixed club session hosted over by the delectable Jon Pleased Wimmin and a mix of house, pop, disco, new wave a trash tracks. Plus shows from The Fabulous Kickettes, a weekly talent show (with a £50 prize) and a ‘retro’ buffet. ✽FREE Coalition at Sneaky Pete’s. Weekly 11pm–3am. Drum & bass, breaks, dubstep, techno and electro from the resident team every week. Electro meets rockabilly sounds of Drop the Lime on 5 Aug (£3 entry). See preview, above right. ■ Devine at Lola Lo. Weekly 10pm–3am. £tbc. Sundays are back at Lola Lo’s with this house and electro mash-up. ■ Elements at the Liquid Room. 5 Aug, 10.30pm–3am. £tbc. Trance and progressive house night. With Simon Patterson.
BASS DROP THE LIME The king of rockabilly electro punk
‘I’ve been asked to play bigger venues,’ says Luca Venezia, the rockabilly-loving bass producer from New York also known as Drop the Lime, ‘but any time I come to Edinburgh I only wanna play Sneaky Pete’s, because it’s ridiculous. It’s so small and it’s so wild, and I believe in continuing good relationships like the one I have with its owners.’ Although he now has a full band for the purposes of playing his
latest album, a blend of dancefloor-friendly rockabilly called Enter the Night, which was released earlier this year, the solo DJ set Venezia is bringing to Scotland will concentrate on the ‘nite version’ of it he’s currently preparing, a series of club-friendly re-edits of the tracks therein. ‘I took more of a song-based approach with the album,’ he says, ‘because in electronic music right now, everyone’s imitating each other and everything’s sounding the same. So I went back to my roots, I decided to refresh my creativity by making what I love rather than imitating what’s popular.’ Despite the genre-specific nature of his latest project, choosing sounds from many sources is key to Venezia’s own style and that of his label Trouble & Bass. Upcoming collaborations include work with New York garage rockers Jailbait, a goth group called Creep and an EP with Bloody Beetroots. ‘Mix it up!’ he laughs. ‘It’s important to keep your influences open to more than one style.’ (David Pollock) ■ Coalition at Sneaky Pete’s, 225 1757, 5 Aug, 10.30pm-5am, £3 (Drop
the Lime also plays Arches, Glasgow, Sat 4 Aug).
■ Fuzzy Logic at Lava Ignite. Weekly 10pm–3am. £5. Student night of dance, electro, R&B and indie. FREE Motown Hodown at GHQ. Weekly 10pm–3am. Motown and funk from DJ Lynne. ■ Rev-Reunion at the HMV Picture House. 5 Aug, 10pm–3am. £6. Old skool club hits and rave classics with special guest BK. ■ Rise at Opal Lounge. Weekly 10pm–3am. £5 (£4). Johnny Frenetic mashes up a unique and energetic three deck mix of funky house, sexy urban and indie infused electro, club classics and remixes. A Cut + Paste special on 5 Aug (please note higher entry for this particular night).
✽ Sunday Circus at Secret Location. 5 Aug, 3–10pm. £20. First class house
music parties in irregular venues from Affi Koman, Ronnie Muirhead and the team. Sebo K, Craig Richards and Rory (Feelmybicep) guest at this Festival special. Keep an eye on facebook.com/sunday.circus for more details. ■ 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 FREE The Sunday Club at the Hive. Weekly 10pm–5am. Two rooms of chart, indie, pop and rock requests. FREE Sunday Night Live at Espionage. Weekly 11pm–3am. Michael Ferrie’s keeps the party going with an eclectic dancefloor mix.
Edinburgh Monday Clubs ■ Bad Habit at Cabaret Voltaire. Mon midnight–5am. £3. Monday mix of drum & bass, dubstep and trip hop. ■ Embassy at Opal Lounge. Weekly 10pm–3am. £5. House-centric Monday night party. FREE Monday Night Groove at Espionage. Weekly 11pm–3am. Banish the Monday blues with a mix of dance, electro and R&B. FREE Nu Fire at Sneaky Pete’s. Weekly 11pm–3am. Showcase of underground hip hop, dubstep, drum & bass, electro and MCs. ■ Trade Union at the Annexe at the Liquid Room. Weekly 10.30pm–3am. £2 (students/hospitality staff £1). Taking care of Monday nights with a mix of
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techno, beats and pieces from WolfJazz, Beefy and guests. Now making a new home in the Annexe.
Chart & Party ■ BED at Lulu. Weekly 10pm–3am. £tbc. ‘A mysterious and decadent dreamland’ of chart dance, house anthems and dirty electro. Edinburgh Tuesday
Clubs ■ Drama at the Annexe at the Liquid Room. 7 Aug, 10.30pm–3am. £tbc. Dirty pop remixes, electro and dance beats from this popular nationwide gay night. ■ Hector’s House at Cabaret Voltaire. Weekly midnight–5am. £6 (£5). New night dedicated to house in all its myriad forms – from vocal house to progressive via disco, electro and Chicago grooves. ■ MYNT at Opal Lounge. Weekly 10pm–3am. £5. ‘Fresh and fashionable’ mix of commercial classics, funky beats and sexy R&B. FREE Soul Jam at Sneaky Pete’s. Weekly 11pm–3am. Old school, real deal soul, funk and hip hop.
Chart & Party FREE Espionage at Espionage. Weekly 11pm–3am. Chart and party anthems from DJ Neil. FREE Twisted Tuesday at GHQ. Weekly 10pm–3am. DJ JT plays commercial house, electro and chart tracks, plus giant jenga, twister, etc. Edinburgh Wednesday
Clubs ■ Candyboxx at GHQ. Weekly 11pm–3am. £6. Gay student night of electro and house. ■ Circa at Electric Circus. 8 Aug, 10.30pm–3am. £5. Gig promoters Detour and student radio station Fresh Air join forces for this all night party of DJs, indie, live music and dancing. Featuring Paws, Lady North and a DJ set from Errors. See Music preview, page 56. FREE I Love Hip Hop at the Bongo Club. Weekly midnight–5am. Hip hop classics and brand new rap tracks, plus live performances, MCs and guest DJs. ■ Libido at Lulu. Weekly 10.30pm–3am. £tbc. Funky house and Ibiza classics. ■ Mansion at the Liquid Room. Weekly 10pm–3am. £5 (girls free before 11pm). Student night of house, electro, R&B and urban sounds. FREE Miss Guided at Espionage. Weekly 11pm–3am. Big dancefloor killers from the likes of Skrillex, Deadmau5 and Swedish House Mafia. FREE New Idols at 99 Hanover Street. Weekly 9pm–1am. Club classics, old favourites and new idols from Hobbes (Trouble) and friends.
✽ Rise & Opal Rocks at Opal Lounge. 8 Aug, 10pm–3am. £6 (£4).
Summer mash up special from Johnny Frenetic with funky house, sexy urban and indie infused electro, club classics and remixes. Hosting a four deck DJ vs DJ battle as Hannu Haitto takes on the resident. FREE Split at the Bongo Club. Weekly midnight–5am. Drum & bass, electro, techno and breakbeat with Shadowskill, the Dropout DJs, Dogma and a smattering of very talented local guests. Now at the Bongo. FREE Very Metal at Opium. Weekly 10pm–3am. Very awesome hard and heavy metal night with DJs Maelstrom and Figby. ✽FREE Witness at Sneaky Pete’s. Weekly 11pm–3am. Garage, UK funky, dubstep and bassline house from residents Attic Kings and Blackwax. Jon 1st brings is hip hop deck skills (he was a UK DMC finalist) to UK bass music on 8 Aug.
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