Top 10 Clubs: Edinburgh
It may be a smaller scene than it's Weegie counterpart but the capital still has plenty to offer the discerning club-goer from pop parties to hardcore techno nights
Taking over the subterranean spaces that is the Caves and pumping it full of jazzy funk, world grooves and leftfield electronica. Past guests have included Hypnotic Brass Ensemble, Haggis Horns, Bonobo, DJ Vadim, Bass Clef and Kraak & Smaak, and expect more of this calibre over the coming year.
Dates vary, The Caves, Niddry Street South, 0131 557 8989, www.departurelounge.me.uk
Devil Disco Club
A deep dark disco selection drawing inspiration from New York and the likes of Horse Meat Disco in London, as the Trouble DJs (alongside Simotron and Kris Wasabi) play out their own take on electro, house, funk and nu disco.
Monthly Sat, Bongo Club, Moray House, 37 Holyrood Road, 0131 558 7604, www.getintotrouble.com
ECA’s long running and much loved studenty night of indie that also packs in 60s pop, psych, Motown, punk and garage rock alongside current NME favourites.
Weekly Sat, Wee Red Bar, Edinburgh College of Art, Lauriston Place, 0131 229 1442, www.myspace.com/weeredbar
Big house and serious electro cuts from the Musika crew who have a habit of booking some of the best and biggest DJs within their genre (such as MANDY, Sasha, Laurent Garnier, James Zabiela, Felix Da Housecat and more).
Monthly Sat, Liquid Room, 9c Victoria Street, 0131 225 2564, www.musikanights.com
Dark underground techno from Substance who favour leftfield hard beats from guests such as Neil Landstrumm, Luke Slater and Tube Jerk (also check out Compakt, Pulse and Jackhammer if you love techno).
Monthly Sat, The GRV, 37 Guthrie Street, 0131 220 2987, www.myspace.com/edinburghsubstance
Headed by Tim & Jez of Utah Saints fame, Sugarbeat is a breaks heavy mix of drum & bass, electro, dubstep and beats with special guests manning the decks most months.
Monthly Fri, Cabaret Voltaire, 36-38 Blair Street, 0131 220 6176, www.myspace.com/sugarbeatclub
A Thursday night staple mixing up the best of electro and indie goodness from some of the capitals best local DJs. Free entry each and every week (even with special guests) and a new monthly Saturday party.
Weekly Thu, Cabaret Voltaire, 36-38 Blair Street, 0131 220 6176, www.myspace.com/sicknoteclub
A disco revolution and one of the leaders of Edinburgh’s new wave of clubbing institutions with playlist of nu disco, punk, funk and new wave from Kris Wasabi in the ultra intimate Sneaky Pete’s.
Monthly Sat, Sneaky Pete’s, 73 Cowgate, 0131 225 1757, www.myspace.com/wasabidiscoclub
Craig Jamieson (who also masterminds soul, funk, reggae and retro rock night Modern Lovers, monthly at the GRV) indulges in his love of discotronic pop,
art punk and electronica showcasing a DJ set from a Scottish indie act each and every instalment.
Monthly Sat, Electric Circus, 36--39 Market Street, 0131 226 4224, www.theelectriccircus.biz
Scotland’s home for hard drum & bass (with a dash of dubstep). Past guests have included pretty much anyone and everyone on the scene such as Pendulum, Noisia, Shy FX and London Elektricity.
Monthly Fri, Bongo Club, Moray House, 37 Holyrood Road, 0131 558 7604, www.myspace.com/club_xplicit