Club night in memory of Edinburgh’s ‘proverbial Peter Pan' to raise money for Maggie’s Centres
A famed 90s club night from Edinburgh’s past is returning to its former home next Saturday to pay tribute to the legendary DJ Jim Etherson who passed away earlier this year.
The Eros/Elite reunion night is a celebration of the clubs 20th anniversary and will also raise money for charity Maggie’s Centres, who supported Jim through his battle with cancer.
Original DJs returning to the decks
For the charity event on Saturday 7 December, ATIK donated their nightclub for the night so that the DJ can host the event and raise as much money as possible.
Club goers can expect the Eros favourites, 90s hits, mash ups and old school bangers on the night as well as dancers, facepaint, UV and effects - all for the cause.
Jim’s brother and DJ Brian Etherson who will be taking his usual spot on the night said: “DJing was a lifelong passion and the record collection we built up was phenomenal. Jim had a great reputation in the industry, his passion for the job was completely unsurpassable.”
After a brave year long battle with renal cancer, Jim sadly passed away on 21 July this year.
Brian added: “He was the last person we thought it would happen to, he was 60 going on 20.
“The support that Maggie’s gave him was incredible, so we want to give back to that. Jim would just get up and go along to the centre when he needed it - I could still go in today even just to talk. What they do is incredible.”
Graham Allen, who began to DJ around 2000 said: “Jim was like a mentor to me, he felt like family and was always expanding your night about music.
“I’m honoured to be playing at the reunion night, there was no question in my mind about doing it - I owe Jim that much. He was an out and out entertainer and he is greatly missed.”
Lee Haggath who worked at Eros in 2002 said: “Jim got in touch with me about five years ago to put a reunion night on, which was a big success, we’ve done a few of them now but this is the first without him.
“He was my mentor when I started and we worked well together.
“The night is monumentally important, especially this one to honour his memory and remember what he gave to clubs across Edinburgh and Glasgow.”
Steven Horsburgh, who got his first chance to DJ from Jim said: “We decided one in his memory and raise the funds for Maggies - that's what we wanted to do
“He gave me a shot in Eros when I was 18 and he’s been a pal ever since, it’s like a brotherhood.
“This is going to be the hardest one because he's not there, it'll be a challenge in itself but raising money for something that helped him is comforting. I’ll open a Budweiser for him on the night.
“What Jim would want is just for everyone to have a great night.”
The reunion night
Eros/Elite 20th year anniversary: The night of the legend Jim Etherson will take place at ATIK nightclub on Saturday 7 December starting at 10:30pm and finish at 3am.
Tickets can be purchased from Skiddle and all proceeds from the night will be donated to Maggie’s Centres.