Edinburgh Underground Gets New Venue

Posted by to The Blog on February 22nd

Ten Tracks today announces the launch of a new music venue amid reports of more club closures and commercial makeovers. With the city’s live music and underground club scene still reeling after several key venues were recently shuttered. The Bongo Club could now also be axed and Cabaret Voltaire is understood to be adopting a more mainstream music policy. But in a move widely welcomed by musicians, the net label and arts promoter is to roll out a full line-up of acoustic acts within weeks in The Assembly Bar adjoining The Third Door. The bar is earmarked for a complete overhaul including a stage ready for a spring debut under a new name. And as Edinburgh’s crisis-hit artists and promoters and short-changed clubbers brace themselves for more bad news, Ten Tracks is further underlining its support for the music scene with an expanded programme at The Third Door showcasing some of the best local, national and international talent. March is the busiest month yet at the club since opening in October with Ten Tracks at the helm as creative programmers.

Major new clubs include nights from hip young party collective Bixon with house wunderkind Ethyl on March 10, the capital’s reigning indie powerhouse Evol with Beat Control on March 31 and electro-swing controllers Swank ‘N’ Jam’s latest The Hoodoo on March 1. Live gig highlights include acclaimed Japanese electronic maestro Anchorsong supported by Black Lantern’s Asthmatic Astronaut on March 27, local buzz band The Pineapple Chunks on March 3 and East Village anti-folk hero Lach on March 11. Cross-artform events include The Bone House Black Cabaret on March 30: a dark carnival of gothic theatrics and live music curated and performed by The Church Of When The Shit Hits The Fan rapper and performance poet Harlequinade.

March’s packed calendar of new acts builds on an exciting roster of existing regular clubs and live showcases. Respected folk session Amy Duncan Presents kicks off a frenetic month with Aberfeldy frontman Riley Briggs topping the bill on March 1. Critically acclaimed live improv and avant-jazz showcase Click Clack Club returns on March 15. Other regular live sessions include showcases by popular indie music blog and record label Song By Toad on March 9 and audio-visual collaboration Video Loves The Radio Star on March 10. Club night Samedia caps a busy month at the venue with more world beat and afro-electro dancefloor mayhem on March 31st.

The news comes after a string of events at The Third Door and is widely seen amongst artists, promoters and club-goers as a ringing endorsement of Ten Tracks’ trademark creativity and inclusive approach. Flagship Ten Tracks’ promotions such as the multi-venue Hogmanay party featuring performances by Withered Hand, Broken Records and Hidden Orchestra alongside a slate of regular and one-off clubs, gigs, film nights, arts workshops, spoken word and theatre are helping to establish Ten Track’s growing reputation for top quality arts and music events at The Third Door and elsewhere. Against a backdrop of a city impoverished by a rapidly dwindling list of venues where emerging artistic talent can experiment and develop in a live setting, Ten Tracks’ mission to support creativity in Edinburgh is increasingly important. 

Ten Tracks Director and The Third Door’s Creative Programmer Ed Stack says “We represent a healthy creative scene rapidly running out of places to play. We offer good hire deals designed to support grassroots musicians while the venue owners are helping to subsidise the cost of touring artists, supporting the city’s burgeoning gig-promoting community and in doing so, bringing in top touring acts. And with web development funding recently secured, expect great things on the Ten Tracks download front again soon as a result of all this hard work.”

Ten Tracks is now planning fresh download bundles featuring many of the artists who perform at The Third Door.


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