Edinburgh Festivals 2014: a guide to the city's clubbing scene
Some of Edinburgh's finest club nights take place during the Fringe, with guests including Justin Martin, Prosumer and Perc
This article is from 2014.
During the (hopefully warm, dry) August nights, Edinburgh’s club scene buzzes with late licences, festival after-shows and impromptu parties. David Pollock picks out some of the best of the club nights and venues
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 begins and ends with the extensive range of commercial clubs dotted along George Street and the surrounding area. Yet for those whose appreciation of culture extends to knowing what separates a good DJ from a pub-disco resident, August is the month when Edinburgh’s club scene is at its most lively.
There’s little doubt that the most consistently good-quality and well programmed club venue in Edinburgh year round remains the compact, sweaty and brilliantly atmospheric Sneaky Pete’s on the Cowgate, which can feel like the party to end all parties even with just a double-figure crowd. This year, as ever, they’ve made some excellent bookings, for example, the double bill of Erol Alkan’s Phantasy signees Ghost Culture and Deep Shit, aka Foals’ Edwin Congreave and Friendly Fires’ Jack Savidge (at In Deep, Fri 8 Aug), Prosumer (at Bixon, Fri 22 Aug) and Drumtalk (at Definition, Sat 23 Aug).
There are also a number of high-profile one-off events happening around other venues which feature big-name guests, including the appearance of Ben Klock, Berlin’s prolific live DJ and techno veteran of Berghain and Ostgut Ton, playing a four-hour set at a joint Pulse and Karnival event (Liquid Room, Sat 2 Aug). There will be a night of techno and tech house at the Perc Trax label party (Studio 24, Fri 22 Aug), featuring label boss Perc alongside Truss, Forward Strategy Group and residents, while the regular London and Edinburgh-based Nightfilm date once more welcomes Nightfilm head and nu-disco aficionado Mighty Mouse alongside newcomer Le Visiteur (Cabaret Voltaire, Sat 30 Aug).
Also closing the Fringe in pretty spectacular style will be the ever-reliable Musika, who will be hosting a DirtyBird label party featuring Claude VonStroke and Justin Martin (Liquid Room, Sat 23 Aug). All of the above venues feature among the city’s best and their other resident events are well worth checking out while you’re in Edinburgh, as well as the credible indie roster at Electric Circus on Market Street (who are running a Tuesday night northern soul club during August) and the more DIY Friday and Saturday night clubs in the Wee Red Bar at the city’s College of Art.