The Caves, Edinburgh, Fri 25 Jul
DANCEFLOOR ELECTRIC SOUL JAZZ
If one Edinburgh club has championed an intelligent party mix while pushing the envelope, recognising both the importance of live music within the club environment and how the right DJ can create an event – not to mention the impact of distinctive environs – it is Departure Lounge at The Caves. DJs Astroboy and Mr Zimbabwe, along with percussionist Cammy, have been responsible for some of the capital’s most electric nights, including four killer, sellout hogmanay parties. Never ones to do things by halves, the night’s fifth birthday is something of a weekender with the main Friday event being complemented by the almighty Soul Jazz Orchestra at The Voodoo Rooms on Sunday and The Jazz Bar’s affiliated Saturday Night Fish Fry celebrating its third birthday in between.
‘It’s all about the local talent,’ says Astroboy of Friday’s extravaganza, though it’s a sentiment that has held strong throughout the club’s history. ‘The Edinburgh Samba School have been friends of ours since appearing at our first birthday, while Asazi Space Funk Explosion are a newish Edinburgh band that we’ve been into for a while – total good time vibes. We give ourselves the headline DJ slot only two or three times a year, which means it’s quite special when we get to play the end of the night rather than bigging up the guest DJ.’
There will also be the usual supplementary percussion, as well as the tuck shop and goodies to give away, so get your boarding passes at the ready for another famous departure.