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Edinburgh Festivals 2014: a guide to the city's LGBT scene

22 Jul 2014

Visiting the Fringe this August? Here's an insider's guide to the local LGBT nightlife

Edinburgh’s gay scene converges at the top of Leith Walk, where the city’s most infamous gay club, CC Blooms has had a bit of a revamp in recent years. A club so gay it was named after Bette Midler’s character in Beaches, what was once Edinburgh’s…

Edinburgh Festivals 2014: a guide to the city's clubbing scene

22 Jul 2014

A rundown of the best guest DJs visiting Edinburgh during the Fringe, including Justin Martin & Perc

For many visitors to Edinburgh, the club scene in August revolves around a bunch of lively but hardly challenging party DJs playing the late-night venue circuit, whether that’s in a Spiegeltent or a basement bar. For many others, the city’s club scene…

Interview: DJ Tom Loud re-installs his Hot Dub Time Machine at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe 2014

21 Jul 2014

'I want to hear The Beatles and Beyonce and maybe a bit of Skrillex all in the same night'

The secret is very much out. Now on its third Fringe appearance, if you’ve not already been, you might have had someone telling you that you ‘really, really should’ – and that someone could be from any variety of walks of life, too. But that’s the thing…

Scratcha DVA

11 Aug 2013

The notorious DVA brings the bass to Sneaky Pete's

As usual there will be a procession of great DJs going through the Cowgate’s clubbing cavern Sneaky Pete’s this month, and in securing Scratcha DVA for this midweek date the venue has confirmed one of the UK’s most versatile names amongst their number.

Interview: LuckyMe’s first lady and newly hired DJ for Radio 1’s ‘In New DJ We Trust’ show, Eclair Fifi

8 Aug 2013

Fifi discusses broadcasting on the world’s biggest radio station and Edinburgh’s growing club scene

Before the event, we also had the chance to talk to LuckyMe’s first lady and newly hired DJ for Radio 1’s ‘In New DJ We Trust’ show, Eclair Fifi about what it’s like broadcasting on the world’s biggest radio station, Edinburgh’s growing club scene and…

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The Bongo Club's best club nights live on at Underbelly through the Fringe

29 Jul 2013

Confusion is Sex, Four Corners, Electrikal and Soulsville are among the twin venues' club highlights

‘It’s an amazing building,’ says the Bongo Club’s manager Ally Hill of the long-serving cult venue’s new premises in a multi-level warren which stretches between Victoria Street and the Cowgate, ‘and we’re glad to be the ones making sure it’s not only…

Four Corners club outing for Edinburgh Jazz & Blues Festival

11 Jul 2013

Mark Ronson and Jamiroquai collaborators Haggis Horns set for Four Corners live show

Their usual home at the new Bongo Club might be on ice for the duration of the Edinburgh Festival while Underbelly moves in, but it’s pleasing to see that funk and soul night Four Corners has found a temporary new venue in the atmospheric festival-only…

Crate Digging: Lenny Love

4 Aug 2012

Baby Loves Disco's superstar DJ tells us what gets the toddlers' toes tapping

Baby Loves Disco is certainly one of the more unusual gigs that I do, and it’s actually a bit of a misnomer because it’s really a club for adults – albeit with young children in tow. I can’t exclude The Trammps’ ‘Disco Inferno’ (Atlantic), it’s an…

Destroyaz and Rolando set to take over Substance

2 Aug 2012

The club celebrates its 50th event with an international techno line-up

Adam Richardson, promoter at Substance, explains how they are celebrating their 50th club event: ‘We were very mindful of organising a 50th Substance party which was both special and representative of the club over the past six years. As such, we’re…

Eat, sleep and breathe: Hot Dub Time Machine

29 Jul 2012

Aussie DJ/ VJ Tom Loud shares his tour habits ahead of his Fringe appearance

What time is breakfast? Early! I lost the ability to sleep in when I turned 30! No matter how late I stay up, (often VERY late, my show finishes at 3am) I’ll be having breakfast before 9am. I make up for it by taking disco naps before I perform. Tea…

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Crate Digging: Marcel Heese

27 Jul 2012

Tresor resident Marcel Heese shares his favourite tracks with us ahead of his Unseen takeover night

Phase ‘Binary Opposition (Process 1)’ (Token Records) pretty much stands for the typical kind of club techno I love. It’s deep and hypnotic, yet powerful. Great production work and very detailed. I’ve been playing this in every single set for months…

Madrid vintage funk act The Sweet Vandals to play Four Corners

17 Jul 2012

The soul night is joining forces with the Edinburgh Intl Jazz & Blues Fest

‘There’s been an explosion in the number of bands playing the same music we do over the last few years,’ says Simon Hodge, one of the promoters of the Bongo Club’s long-running funk and soul night Four Corners. ‘There are two reasons for that: one is…

Interview - Mike Slott, Eclair Fifi and Machinedrum of LuckyMe

8 Aug 2011

Glasgow DIY label set for Edinburgh Festival clubnight

Mike Slott (producer) I met Dom [Flannigan] who runs LuckyMe in Borders Books. He was sneaking flyers into hip hop magazines. We got chatting, we liked similar music and in Glasgow if you’re into a certain kind of music, you bump into the same people…

Crate-digging: Nick Hollywood - Electro Swing

3 Aug 2011

White Mink Electro Swing Speakeasy club set for 2011 Fringe

Nick Hollywood created the White Mink: Black Cotton compilation album, which gave birth to the White Mink Electro Swing Speakeasy events. Making their Fringe debut, Hollywood lets us know what to expect from his set. Just out on my own label is the…

5 Questions - Xplicit

13 Aug 2010

Xplict are Scotland’s prime purveyors of hard drum & bass and they don’t disappoint with their Festival date as they are joined by Shy FX, who helped to transform early hardcore into the drum & bass we know today with tracks such as ‘Jungle Love’ back…

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Soma night makes a rare visit to Edinburgh for the Festival

13 Aug 2010

Soma Records Night DJ duo Slam are rare visitors to the east coast, but the Edge Festival has tempted them across to the festival once again. Headlining a showcase for their seminal record label, Soma, formed back in 1991 and releasing Slam’s own…

LuckyMe decamps to Cabaret Voltaire for the Festival

6 Aug 2010

David Pollock talks to the Glasgow-based record label/art collective

This has been the most important year yet in the evolution of Scottish electronic label LuckyMe, and this third annual Edinburgh Festival event featuring their friends, collaborators and signees should be the perfect showcase for local supporters and…

Taste returns to Edinburgh's reopened Liquid Room

4 Aug 2010

The Liquid Room's Sunday regulars are back

Here are some reasons to attend the 16-year-old Taste club night at the Liquid Room as the club re-opens in the middle of the of the Edinburgh Festivals

Headspin festival date to be its last

3 Aug 2010

DJ Yoda date marks end of 12 years of clubbing

As Headspin comes to an end, DJ/promoter Allan Dunbar talks to Henry Northmore about their final date and why they’ve booked DJ Yoda to play their last night.

Hot Mess takes modern angst theatre into the nightclub

27 Jul 2010

Experimental look at contemporary relationships from hot young playwright

Despite feeling increasing pressure to give in and follow every other hot young thing to London, playwright Ella Hickson doesn’t want to leave Edinburgh behind. A graduate of Edinburgh University, Hickson wrote and directed her breakthrough Fringe play…

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Guilty Pleasures: Assembly festival club night aims to please

16 Jul 2010

Two and a half hours of guilt-free pop, every night of the festival

A spanking brand new Assembly venture for this year with DJs, dancers and special guests floating in for two and a half hours of guilty fun each night. Straight-up pop is promised for those not wholly ashamed of their Hall & Oates and Toto…

Two Tribes: Xplicit and Musika

20 Aug 2009

The two big club events bringing the festival to a suitable climax

The closing weekend of the Festival Fringe has become a traditional highlight in Edinburgh’s clubbing calendar. And this year doesn’t disappoint, with dates from Vegas!, Optimo, Tackno, Taste and more across the bank holiday weekend, but it’s two…

Bongo Club Cabaret

16 Aug 20094 stars

Seduction, celebration and imagination

Beginning with American roots folk straight from the Bible Belt (though without the morals), the Bongo Club has created a cabaret of seduction, celebration and imagination. Thoughts that variety is dead are dispelled by ingenious performances from the…

EH1 Festival

6 Aug 2009

Inaugural all-day celebration of dance music culture

Colours and Streetrave have decided to celebrate their 20th anniversary in style, and you’re all invited as they present perhaps the biggest club event Edinburgh has ever seen – the EH1 Festival at the Royal Highland Showground out at Ingliston. ‘It’s a…

RAW

6 Aug 2009

The highs and lows of clubland

Aerial work can often be filled with magic and mystery, as you watch a performer fly fearlessly through the air. That bravado, however, is based on many things — not least the person behind the scenes making it all happen. ‘The aerial technician is so…