Charity club event Edinburgh Rocks to take place at Royal Botanic Gardens
- Henry Northmore
- 16 November 2011
DJs from Musika, Luvely, Ultragroove, Taste and more to take part
It’s nice when the clubbing community bands together to give something back and there are many great nights across Scotland that help raise cash for charity. Now Edinburgh Rocks (in association with Leith FM) are planning something rather special. ‘We managed to score the Botanics which they’ve been kind enough to give us for free as we decided, for this event, to give all the money to the Sick Kids Foundation,’ explains one of the organisers, Leith FM presenter Niall Auld. ‘A few of the DJs have had kids at the hospital and they were well looked after and we also liked the idea of keeping the money in Edinburgh.’
Corralling DJs from some of Edinburgh’s most respected house nights (Musika, Luvely, Ultragroove and Heavy Gossip, Taste and more) the club’s organisers are proposing a ‘dress to impress’ policy with guys in black tie and girls going glam. ‘I think the whole event has been shaped by the venue. It’s why we’ve gone down a certain route with the music, the DJ policy and the dress code, because we want to show respect to the venue and with it being for charity it’s nice to dress up and do something you wouldn’t normally do. We’ve gone for a slightly more sophisticated sound, house and funk but more soulful and disco orientated.’
Auld also promises cabaret acts, an Elvis impersonator, magicians, three casino areas and ‘the Vegas! showgirls collecting with Sick Kids buckets. We want everyone to leave with nothing, we’re hoping to hand over a big cheque at the end.’ And that’s even before we get to the official afterparty at Heavy Gossip & Ultragroove (featuring Todd Terje). ‘We’ve done a deal with the Green Room, because we finish at 1am, if people keep hold of their tickets and they’re still sober they can get discount entry,’ laughs Auld.
Royal Botanic Gardens, Edinburgh, Sat 26 Nov.