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Cabaret Voltaire, Edinburgh

36 Blair Street
Scotland EH1 1QR
Tel: 44 131 220 6176
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Probably the most active venue in town, Caberet Voltaire is set in vaults deep under the Old Town. Cool lighting and the odd painted red or wood-paneled wall has been added, but the interior retains most of the original stone finish and arched ceilings. There are two dance floors, the smaller one only opening later in the evening when the crowds start to pile in. The club is open every night, with live bands preceding the DJs. You really wouldn't want to lean against the walls in your most expensive shirt, but what it lacks in sophistication it makes up for in wild-eyed enthusiasm. The club nights run from house and garage to electro-indie and techno. Bands who have gigged at the Cab include Florence & The Machine, Hot Chip, Four Tet, Adele, and Mumford & Sons.

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