Clubs of the week: Project X Fresher’s Party | Animal Hospital & Banana Sessions | XY | Compakt | Jackhammer

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LOOKING to party tonight? Check City DJs Craig Wilson and Barrie Wilkins bang out big room party anthems in a fully decked-out club experience.

Expect sexy podium dancers, hot tub action, daft inflatables, a zany grass ‘garden’ dance-floor and mega prize giveaways.

City Nightclub, Market St, tonight, 10pm-3am, £5/£8


Back in Studio 24, tomorrow night Animal Hospital and Banana Sessions get ready for a messed up party, with messed up sounds and a strange mix of pop, techno and folk music. How’s that going to pan out you wonder? It’s hard to explain without hearing them, but Banana Sessions smashed Wickerman, Insider and Kelburn festivals this year. Collaborating with the Animal Hospital crew should ignite your imagination as to how whacked out it’s going to be. Don’t forget your Bungle costume and bottle of water.

Studio 24, Calton Rd, tomorrow, 10pm-3am, £7


Hospital Records are a serious Drum ‘n’ Bass force. Their main act Camo and Krooked have been topping the charts on Radio One and gaining respect from Legendary DJ Grooverider in the process. The old skool DJ is citing them as ‘THE’ major talent in Drum ‘n’ Bass. Support comes from David Thomas, Stu Todd, Jaylaxx, and Jack Stanley.

Cabaret Voltaire, Blair St, tomorrow, 10pm-3am £5/£7


Arguably the best techno night in Edinburgh, Compakt continue to bring promoters who have played significant roles in creating cutting edge techno music – DJs such as Len Faki and Joey Beltram. They are selected because they are creators of the scene, and retain that warehouse vibe, which clubbers often yearn to experience. Tomorrow night, Scotland’s most in-demand techno jock, Gary Beck, headlines. Beck records for SOMA (Slam’s Record Label), Electric Deluxe (Speedy J’s label), Drumcode (Adam Beyers label) and his own Bek Audio. His live performances are full of industrial sounds – thumping slabs of pristine techno, every one a slammer.

The Annexe, Cowgate, tomorrow, 10.30pm-3am, £7

• Other nights include Anagram, who will be throwing an Acid techno night in the Banshee Labyrinth (Niddry St, tomorrow, 10pm–3am, free).

Then we have a charity night organised by Pulse & Studio 24 to raise money for two-year-old Roma from Edinburgh, who has been battling cancer since birth. Featuring DJs from Pulse, Dogma, Access, Cause-It and Unseen.

Studio 24, Calton Rd, tomorrow, 10pm–3am, £6 (all proceeds go to charity)

• Also on Friday; if you fancy a groovy house party then head to the Third Door for SOULOCO’s End of Summer party. Kirk Douglas, Jamie McKenzie, and Mark Wilson are joined by Perth DJs Mark Mackinnon and Mike Smith.



“I may be established but I’ll never be establishment,” says Dave Clarke. The Baron of Techno has a streak of anarchy about him and that’s what makes his DJ sets full of attitude - thumping, banging and uncompromisingly dark. He plays music that will have you up on your feet, bouncing - grinning ear-to-ear and offering a swift two-fingered salute to anyone who might ask you to “Turn down the music dear, that’s just a horrible noise!” Nah, its organised noise, and we love it!

Liquid Room, Victoria St, Saturday, 10.30pm-3am, £10/£12