A regular stopover point for some of the world’s biggest DJs, and a sell out every weekend, Henry Northmore examines the success of the world famous Cabaret Voltaire.
The Cabaret Voltaire has been a beacon for the Edinburgh club scene since it opened in 2005. A gig venue during the day, it transforms into an underground club space as darkness falls - attracting names like Justice, DJ Sneak, John Digweed, Fabio, Dave Clarke and MANDY to the decks. Owner and managing director Sarah David is enjoying the recent success. ‘We are now fortunate enough to be gaining an international reputation. Recent growth has enabled us to build on our underground status to offer an incredible clubbing, live music and events led experience.’ Operating seven days a week there’s enough space in the schedule to accomodate the electro punk funk of Wednesday’s We Are … Electric and the indie rammy that is Sicknote on Thursdays. The weekend’s mixed roster of nights such as Ultragroove, Optimo, Sugarbeat (run by Utah Saints) and Tokyoblu attract the big names and the big crowds, as David points out. ‘The club programme is hugely successful, with most nights at sell-out status and 100s of unlucky clubbers turned away week in, week out.’
Housed in several underground arches, there are plenty of nooks and crannies for dancing, chatting and chilling. The addition of a new bar, Speakeasy, which offers table service and plenty of seating, has added a new dimension to the Cab experience, but it’s the atmosphere that
really makes the place. ‘It’s electric. It really has to be experienced to be believed,’ adds David, who counts Justice at the Cab as one of her favourite nights. ‘It was literally a wall of sweat as you entered the dancefloor, and Justice were so vibrant on stage, you couldn’t help but get carried away.’