Edinburgh's Cabaret Voltaire hits six years
Funk D’Void, Aqua Bassino, Foamo, Maelstrom, Reset!, Jack Beats, Krafty Kuts and Utah Saints
Six years ago, when Sarah David moved from the manager’s job at the Liquid Room to strike out on her own by taking over Cabaret Voltaire, did she see the place making it this far down the line? ‘Always,’ she says confidently. It figures. Back then, Edinburgh was crying out for a credible nightclub run by people who put the music first, and these days it still needs as many as it can get.
Although its brief position as pretty much the small venue in which to see live music in Edinburgh has been diluted by the return of the Liquid Room and the opening of Sneaky Pete’s and Electric Circus, club nights with exciting new names and the occasional big name are still as much a forte of Cab’s as any other club in Scotland. For this birthday week, they’re taking all their best shots at once: Diplo-approved young bassline producer Foamo is appearing at Bedbug, Glasgow disco head and Solardisco label boss Maelstrom will be guesting at Slap Bang, Italy’s party prince Reset! takes over at Sick Note, Cab’s debut night Sugarbeatclub celebrates its own sixth with Jack Beats, Krafty Kuts and residents Utah Saints, and Karnival welcomes Funk D’Void and Aqua Bassino.
‘The last six years have been great,’ says David. ‘The hardest time was when we extended the place to include our Speakeasy room, it was a lot of stressful work but I wouldn’t change it now it’s done. In fact, there’s a lot more room to extend into down here – maybe we’ll be see something like that happen later in the year?’
Bedbug, Slap Bang, Sick Note, Sugarbeatclub and Karnival at Cabaret Voltaire, Edinburgh, Fri 18–Sat 26 Feb.