O holy night: Christmas clubbing 2008

O holy night

It’s dark in the mornings, so why not live nocturnally? As DJs get into training for Hogmanay – the biggest night in the clubbing calendar – Jasper Hamill and Kirstin Innes round up the best-lookin’ Christmas parties


A merry little xxxmas

Family values be damned: Death Disco shows a sleazier, sexier side to the season of goodwill, with the usual array of interactive club theatrics, high-glam outfits and leftfield sounds courtesy of the Glimmers.
The Arches, Sat 20 Dec www.deathdisco.info

Boxing pressure

A memorable Christmas doesn’t always have to be one you actually remember. Blow off the Boxing Day cobwebs at Pressure’s party, which features the fine gentlemen of Optimo, Slam and Silicone Soul. Then make a New Year’s resolution to live a healthier life. Until next time, of course.
The Arches, Fri Dec 26 www.thearches.co.uk

Rockabilly round the Christmas tree

Put the glamour back into your economy-starved Xmas at Rockaburley, with burlesque baubles Cat Aclysmic, Miss Golden De Licious and Miss Hell’s Belle, and a dirty rockabilly Hogmanay soundtrack courtesy of DJ Aaron, the least excitingly named member of the entourage.
Rockaburley, Barfly, Wed 31 Dec www.barflyclub.com

Two become one

Just like last year, the Sub Club and the Classic Grand are merging to become one big Clydeside superclub this Hogmanay. And Andrew Weatherall will be the king! Superstar DJs, here we go.
XL NYE, Sub Club & Classic Grand, Wed 31 Dec www.subclub.co.uk

O Come all ye faithful

Trading up somewhat from their usual subterranean bolt hole, Optimo’s Twitch and Wilkes make use of the huge spaces of the Fruitmarket to stage another eclectic multimedia extravaganza. Have yourself a hipster Hogmanany.
Optimo, Old Fruitmarket, Wed 31 Dec www.optimo.co.uk


A blu, blu Christmas

Usher in the season of hedonism gently, with live house music and laid-back grooves from Tokyo Blu, some of Edinburgh’s favourite party starters.
Tokyoblu Xmas Party, Cabaret Voltaire, Fri 19 Dec www.thecabaretvoltaire.com

Taste the turkey

If you can persuade your mum to let you out on Christmas night, the unnervingly dedicated Taste DJs (Fisher & Price, with Miss Chris) have revived their much missed night as a perfect post-binge calorie burner: jiggle it all off with some gay-friendly, hands-in-the-air madness. And they’re doing it all over again on New Year’s Day if your hangover can take it …

The 15th Annual Taste Escape Xmas Party, the GRV, Thu 25 Dec www.grv.com
Taste New Year Day Party, The Liquid Room, Thu 1 Jan www.liquidroom.com

In the black midwinter

With Edinburgh’s first Hogmanay rock night in four years downstairs and retro 60s pop upstairs, Studio 24’s double-header hopes to pack in the punters left cold by usual New Year proceedings. The Retribution mob have an extra special surprise: a house band made up from all the best of Edinburgh’s rock and metal bands. No word on whether they will be doing requests yet. Fingers crossed!
Retribution and The Go Go, Studio 24, Wed 31 Dec www.studio24edinburgh.co.uk

Ghosts of Christmas past

The festive season ain’t what it used to be, so boogie back in time with Motherfunk’s old-fangled Hogmanay, all libinous funk, smooth soul and vintage hip hop.
Motherfunk Hogmanay Party, Voodoo Rooms, Wed 31 Dec www.thevoodooroom.com


Fisher & Price are back for a St Andrew's Day/World AIDS Day Special in underground dance music and attitude free clubbing.


Motherfunk is back as Gino and Fryer move their funk institution to H+H spinning rare grooves, classic funk, floor-shaking 60s and 70s soul, deep disco, Latin and so much more.


Retribution takes the place of the Mission but still plays the best in rock, metal, alternative and tracks from the dark side all night long.


John Hutchison and Iain Gibson dish out the best in Chicago house, funky electro and disco. Fri 23 Sep: A massive 9th birthday party with the Tokyoblu DJs, Gabriel Kemp (Animal Hospital), Niall & Dennis McKervey, Little Grooves (We Play House), Sounds of Soul (Ladies on Rotation), Soul Jam Hot, Brian & Lee…


More techno action from Slam featuring some big-name guests.

Death Disco

Electro, house, disco and gauche party tracks at the Arches' most lurid monthly party, with residents Hush Puppy, Josh Jones and Wavy Graves.

Optimo Hogmanay

JD Twitch and JG Wilkes host their annual extravaganza with 12th Isle DJs, General Ludd and Laps.

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