EVENING News writer Grant Paterson rounds up Edinburgh’s clubbing highlights over the weekend
Wee Dub Festival 2013
A celebration of dub, reggae, and dancehall spread over Edinburgh’s Old Town for the entire weekend. Includes Zion Train, East Park Reggae Collective, Mungo’s Hi-Fi and loads more artists, live groups and DJs. Family friendly.
Friday 1st – Sunday 3rd Feb, the Caves, Liquid Room, Teviot Underground, Studio 24 (more TBA), £38 (weekender)
Love Shack – 80’s born again
Shoulder pads, big hair, leg warmers and miniskirts are some of the best bits of the 80’s. Expect everything from Duran Duran to Michael Jackson, to Talking Heads and The Clash. Revisit your youth (or your mum and dad’s) and have a whole lot of fun.
Friday, 1st Feb, Jam House, Queen St, 10.30pm – 3am, £3/6
Jackhammer Pres. DJ Hell
Thirty years and going strong, DJ Hell is still firing out releases. He was one of the original R & S artists, who alongside Juan Atkins (Model 500), Aphex Twin and CJ Bolland did more for modern electronic music than the current top ten DJ poll. His famous track, ‘My Definition of house music’ was an instant hit. Tongue firmly pressed in cheek, he created a bass heavy warehouse floor throbber with a thundering piano score and orchestrated sections - sampled from David Byrne’s Ava. These days he still does techno with a few cheeky reworks to raise an eyebrow or two.
Friday, 1st Feb, The Annexe, Cowgate, 10.30pm – 3am, £5/10
WE OWN Edinburgh Pres. San Soda
Belgium born San Soda creates deep grooving clubby house. The youngster is signed to Red D’s brilliant We Play House Recordings; hence you can expect some seriously tasty house getting dished up - funky, grooving, with tinges of disco and retro house this is top notch stuff.
Saturday, 2nd Feb, Sneaky Petes, cowgate, 10.30pm – 3am, £5
SUPERSONIC VAGUE – Headphone Party
We’ve not seen one of these in a while, but headphone parties are always a blast - and oddly surreal when you lift the head phones off in a silent room. DJ Gentleman Jonny spins a mash-up of electro-house, indie, r n’ b and dub step.
Friday, 1st Feb, HMV Picture House, Lothian Rd, 11pm – 3am, £4/5
MUSIKA 6th Birthday – Maceo Plex, Huxley, Ben UFO and Pearson Sound
American Eric Estornel aka Maceo Plex is a driving force behind the Crosstown Rebels imprint. His label specializes in funky deep house. Estornel has been at the forefront of Avant-garde house music scooping successful hits on other major labels – Cocoon, Treibstoff and Fabric.
Co-headliner Huxley is equally versed in the art of hypnotic house, and a firm fixture on the 20:20 Vision, Tsuba and Hypercolour labels. Both DJs have seen their profiles skyrocket, becoming highly sought after with their sets being commented as ground-breaking stuff. Ben UFO and Pearson sound bring a mixed bag of bass heavy tech to the party for a darker, more warehouse vibe.
Saturday, 2nd Feb, Liquidrooms, Victoria St, 10.30pm – 3am, £20 (all early birds and discount seconds are gone)
URBAN TAKEOVER – SEANI B
BBC 1XTRA top dog Seani B, joins the Urban crew for a night of booty shaking grooves with everything from dancehall and Reggie to R n’ B and hiphop, it’s three rooms of the best urban grooves in the Burgh - with residents, Fabuloz, P45, Easy B and Yemster.
Saturday, 2nd Feb, Castle Clvb, Queensferry St lane, 10.30pm – 3am, £6/8
PROPAGANDA – ENEMY LIVE
Edinburgh’s biggest Indie night specialises in current and classic Indie. This month, Indie band Enemy will headline with their live gig. With support from the Propaganda DJs who have mixed up sounds for all the major rock festivals – Glastonbury, Reading and Oxygen.
Saturday, 2nd Feb, HMV Picture House, Lothian Rd, 11pm – 3am, £7
ELECTROSEXUAL – BECKI BARDOT
Becki Bardot co-owns Edinburgh’s Alex Tronic Records and can be found Djing San Antonio’s best chillout clubs. Back in the Burgh she’s the resident funky house and electro jock at Cruz Bar on Leith Shore. She joins residents Lucky Luciano and James Dean for a full on party atmosphere at CC’s. Expect funky house, hard house and hi-nrg club anthems.
Saturday, 2nd Feb, CC Blooms, Greenside Place, 11pm – 3am, £FREE