A run down of the best club action around Edinburgh this weekend.
*** THE UNSEEN – THE MASQUERADE
Underground techno night adds a contemporary twist with a themed masquerade ball. Everyone is encouraged to make an effort – so use your imagination. Tresor favourites Patrick Walker and Neil Templar are joined by Edinburgh’s answer to Jeff Mills, Gavin Richardson (Substance). Gavin is best known for ramping up a crowd with fast tempos and dark, melodic techno.
Friday, 7th December, Studio 24, Calton Rd, 10.30pm – 3am, £7/5 (with mask)
CLUB SO IT IS
Club So It Is returns to Base after re-launching last month. Expect the full spectrum of club tunes from DJs Stevie Carnie, Stuart Kane, Jon Edwards, Claudio, Gregsta and Tommy Kay. Table packages and discounts are available (girls get in for free until 12.30).
Friday, 7th December, BASE, Cowgate, 10.30pm – 3am, £6
XPLICIT Present STECTRALSOUL
Edinburgh’s premiere Drum n’ Bass night brings Shogun Audios Spectralsoul to the Bongo Club. Expect a deep and groovy take on D n’ B. A far cry from rave sounds associated with commercial D n’ B. Spectralsoul have had releases on quality labels such as Critical, Exit, and Metalheadz.
Friday, 7th December, Bongo Club, Holyrood Rd, 11pm – 3am, £8/10
INVASION OF THE JUNGLE SOLDIERS
Jungle soldiers, Octophant, Chopman D and Scavenger take over Henry’s Cellar bar for some sci-fi inspired D n’ B. Expect riotous behaviour and all out sensory assault of beats and breakz.
Friday, 7th December, Henry’s Cellar Bar, Morrison St, 11pm – 3am, £3/4
XY Pres. NADASTROM
LA Djs Dave Nada and Matt Nordstrom are the next big thing according to BBC Radio 1 and Rolling Stone magazine. If you’re a fan of EDM, then look no further as NADASTROMs mix up of styles include R n’ B fuelled Electro-Bass running at a Reggie tempo. Support comes by way of Stu Todd, Jaylaxx and David Thomas.
Friday, 7th December. Cabaret Voltaire, Blair St, 11pm – 3am, £7/5
HEAVY GOSSIP & ULTRAGROOVE – XMAS BASH
Edinburgh’s purveyors of deep house and disco throw a low key xmas bash in 99 Hanover. Taking to the decks early it’s the perfect escape from Xmas shopping to fill your soul with warm, uplifting grooves. Sounds supplied by DJs Nick Yuill, Gareth Sommerville and Laurence Nolan.
Saturday, 8th December, 99 Hanover St, Hanover st, 5pm – 1am, FREE
MUSIKA XMAS – DANNY HOWELLS & LEE BURRIDGE
Danny Howells and Lee Burridge have championed the progressive sound of house, breaks and techno since acid house. Both DJs have playing throughout the World, releasing countless hits. Possibly one of the best Musikas to date. Support from Jamie Mackenzie.
Saturday, 8th December, Liquid Rooms, Victoria St, 9pm – 3am, £14/10
Torture Garden Edinburgh
The worlds most famous fetish club returns to the Burgh - Expect soft leather, shiny rubber and kinky boots a plenty. Resident DJs Allen TG + David TG (TG Founders) play out dirty electro, sleazy House, butt rubbing dubstep, with a healthy dose of alternative beats. Highlights include a latex fashion show from House of Harlot, Burlesque & Cabaret performances and three dungeon playrooms. TG is a friendly, sexy and open-minded clubbing experience.
Saturday, 8th December, the Caves, Niddry Street South, 9pm – 3am, £18
CLUB 10-86 2nd Birthday
The 10-86 DJs have been busily scurrying away building a global following with their bi-weekly radio shows Doppler Shift and Catatonic Sessions on FNOOB Radio. Now into their second year residents Gordon and Kyle celebrate with the help of Kapital’s Brad and Baz and co-headliners, Bruno FK and DD (Compakt) - expect thumping techno.
Saturday, 8th December, the Annexe, Cowgate, 11pm – 3am, £3
RENDEZVOUS with CRAZY P
Crazy P are producers Chris Todd and Jim Baron, Their funky electronica incorporates elements of soul, disco and 80’s house. We featured their new EP - Heartbreaker in last week’s reviews and were most impressed by their beautiful melodies, retro synths and funky grooves.
Saturday, 8th December, Castle Clvb, Queens Ferry St Lane, 11pm – 3am, £8/10
SHE-BANG - MERILY ON HIGH with ROB DYLAN
The all-girl DJ crew are back for another party – upstairs in the BONGO. But who are they? In short, they are the wives of some of Edinburgh’s legendary DJs. No longer do they stand at the end of the bar waiting for hubby to finish - instead the role reversal has the men dancing and the girls in control. One word of warning, if you think you know your Mills from your Muller then think again, these ladies know their vinyls.
Saturday, 8th December, Bongo Club (upstairs), Holyrood Road, 11pm – 3am.
THINK TWICE with TRUE REBELS
Think Twice resident Craig Smith (6th Borough Project / Soul Renegades) is joined in the main room by The True Rebels (Development Music/Local Talk). Smith takes the main room - dropping live keys, and vox while mixing as Jamie “78 Edits” Buchan mixes up deep disco in room two. True Rebels are Peter Oakden & Ricky Reid who release deep, sizzling house with soul on Local Talk and Phil Asher’s record label, Restless Soul.
Saturday, 8th December, Cabaret Voltaire, Blair St, 11pm – 3am, £5