Friday, 1 July 2011

July (Week 1) Clubbing Listings: Edinburgh, Glasgow, Aberdeen and Dundee

Featured Club of the Week: Synthetic
Venue: Bongo Club
Date: Saturday 2nd July

One of the Godfathers of modern techno and minimal house, Daniel Bell is back in Edinburgh to steamroller your knees into dancing submission with a Detroit / Chicago and Berlin infusion. Also domineering the main room is special guest 3d!T* playing live electronica. Meanwhile, the upstairs room explores electro, breaks and drum & bass.

*If you want to pronouce that, it’s Edit.

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11pm-3am, £10


Club: Cab Vol Stars
Venue: Cabaret Voltaire
Date: Friday 1st July

In a change from the usual club nights, Cab Vol turn to the very people who run the venue to creat Cab Vol Stars, a collection of employees from the door to the bar taking control of the decks. The first line up is hosted by Prof, Dimi and Cunnie, and a mixed bag of dance and music is afoot for the first Friday of every month.

11pm-3am, £5 / £0 before midnight

Club: Fake
Venue: Sneaky Pete’s
Date: Saturday 2nd July

Fake celebrate their 5th birthday, after fighting years of gore, mayhem and horror in the form of bass and breaks riddled tunes. Join Bus Daddy and Zomby Lover as they keep it real for Fake.

11pm-3am, £3 / £0 members

Club: Jackhammer
Venue: The Caves
Date: Saturday 2nd July

There’s a techno competition this Saturday in Edinburgh... but we can soon settle that by picking your favourite sub-genre. If you dig the tech-house with deep and groovy vibes, check out Christian Smith at Jackhammer with Phil Kieran supporting. If a slice of minimal history is more your thang, look to Featured Club, Synthetic...

Sounds like:   Christian Smith - Cabecudas (Bedrock) by christiansmith

10.30pm-3am, £8 / £5 adv.


Four Corners hits the Bongo Club on Friday 1st July for more soulful and funky jazz, afro, latin and more with live percussion (11pm -3am, £5 / £3 before midnight), or for extra helpings of hip-hop and rnb, head to Sugarhill at Cabaret Voltaire (11pm-3am, £2 / £1). For those still going by Sunday evening, Coalition provides a faithful dose of dubstep, breaks and dnb at Sneaky Pete’s (11pm-3am, free)


Club: Craig Charles’ Funk & Soul Show
Venue: Old Fruitmarket
Date: Friday 1st July

Ok, usually wouldn’t have an event like this in here – but I was a long-time childhood fan of Red Dwarf, felt very disappointed when he took a role in Coronation Street, and then he redeemed his waster credibility by confessing to taking crack while driving on the motorway to work. This is all in the past, however, and Craig Charles dips into his DJ guise as a long time funk and soul fan for the Glasgow International Jazz Festival 2011, and quite frankly his previous behaviour is just a stag weekend for some Scots. Featuring a live set by the Federation of the Disco Pimp, it’s all interesting music from interesting people!

11pm-3am, £10

Club: Numbers
Venue: Sub Club
Date: Friday 1st July

I swear it was just Numbers birthday... here we go again! Floating Points returns to guest at their 8th birthday, supported by resident DJ Spencer. Floating Points likes to keep it varied, so expect genres at odds suddenly blending seamlessly - it’s the best way to get jazz fans to dance to dub techno!

Sounds like:   Floating Points - Vacuum EP by floatingpoints

11pm-3am, M.O.T.D / £5 adv / before midnight

Club: Point 4
Venue: Soundhaus
Date: Friday 1st July

Point 4 provide another three-roomed attack with special guests BCR (live) and Mr Copy touting the techno in Room 1 with Animal Farm, and Hotbox hosts Room 2 with techno and tech-house beats from Simon Stokes and Rufus Fook. Deep house groove fans can slip into Room 3 for Depth Charge’s 4 hour journey in beats.

Sounds like:   Simon Stokes - Jazz Hands (Mr. Copy Remix) by MR COPY

11pm-3am, £6 / £5 members

Club: Wax Works & EQD
Venue: The Admiral
Date: Friday 1st July

New York club, The Bunker has sent Glasgow their resident: Eric Cloutier plays a four house set of deep, dub techno and house.

Sounds like:   Eric Cloutier - The Earth Turns But We Don't Feel It Move by eric cloutier

11pm–3am, £8 / £5 adv

Club: Highlife
Venue: La Cheetah
Date: Saturday 2nd July

In their summer-themed party, A Tribute To The Sun, Highlife have a special guest DJ from Chile, to be revealed at the event. Everyone start racking their brains for DJs acing the fields of afrobeat, italo, latin, electro, jackin’ house, and more – narrows it down a bit!

11pm-3am, £6

Club: On Air
Venue: Bacchus
Date: Saturday 2nd July

This new showcase night will feature 5 DJs playing a range of styles, from disco to tech-house, and all will be broadcast live on But as a Scot you can catch it in person at Bacchus, kicking off with Mash (Compact Disco), Craig Hamilton (Flatpack Trax), Jazz Spastics (Mushroom Jazz 7), Pete Barker (Fiasco) and Ed Marco (Fiasco, CHFM).

10pm-3am, £tbc

Round up

Slam headline another four hours of techno at Pressure on Friday the 1st (The Arches, 11pm-3am, £7), and David Barbarossa’s Thing takes over two floors of Nice’n’Sleazy for NY disco, reggae and soul (11.30pm-3am, £3). On Saturday 2nd, Freakbeats Club is hosted by Mr Divine at the Flying Duck for a delve into mod, soul, ska, and of course freakbeats (11pm-3am, £5). Loop returns for another bi-monthly house and techno event with residents Neill Murphy and Jamie Knox, with special live guest 2AK at Basura Blanca (10pm-2am, £4 / £2 before 11pm). For those on a lighter budget, Power Tools at Flat 0/1 is free all night (11pm-3am), spinning italo, disco and house.


Club: Everything Else Sucks
Venue: Snafu
Date: Friday 1st July

Dundee’s Ado (Wax:On) headlines EES with tinges of acid, rave-house, and electro, with support from Eezma and Krazzy Martn.

Sounds like:   Urchins - Whispers (Ados space 3,000,000 mix) by ado_

11pm-3am, £5 / Free before 12.30am

Club: Mothership
Venue: Snafu
Date: Saturday 2nd July

For a reliable Saturday night dose of tech-house, house, and techno, head to Mothership and their pre-club Majestik at the Athenaeum (where you can also get discount entry passes for Snafu!).

11pm-3am, £6 / free before midnight


Club: Librarian’s Choice
Venue: Reading Rooms
Date: Friday 1st July / Saturday 2nd July

Hosted by different DJs each night spinning a mixture of funk, house, dnb, soul and more, Friday’s is commanded by Neil Clarke and DTYE, and Desperado Dan slips into Saturday’s.

10.30pm-2.30am, £7 / £5 before midnight

Club: Renegades
Venue: Kage
Date: Friday 1st July

Trip-hop, funk and electro fans can groove out with CB and Pictux.

11pm-3am, £4

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