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Capital's biggest nightclub to change tune after revamp

EDINBURGH'S biggest nightclub is to be given a massive overhaul which will see it transformed into a new live music venue for the city.

Revolution, on Lothian Road, will become a major showcase for rock and pop music, as well as holding club nights.

Britain's leading bands, established chart-topping acts and big-name DJs are being lined up for the new-look venue, which has been playing commercial chart and dance music for more than 20 years.

Local unsigned acts will have the chance to rub shoulders with the stars in high-profile weekend slots at the nightspot, which will be renamed GIG.

Oasis frontman Liam Gallagher, Bez from the Happy Mondays, Mani from the Stone Roses and former Creation Records boss Alan McGee are already being lined up for appearances. Other star DJs in the pipeline include Radio One's Jo Wiley, Mary Ann Hobbs and Steve Lamacq.

Bosses are promising a host of big-name bands will perform at the split-level venue and its addition to the live music scene in Edinburgh will help the city rival Glasgow as Scotland's live music capital.

GIG manager Chris Callaghan said: "When you see how many bands are in the album charts at the moment you can see why we are capturing the right market here and giving local artists the chance to perform in a stylish new city centre venue.

"We hope to make GIG a credible music venue, which will complement the existing live music venues which already are established in the city."

The club's owner, Luminar Leisure, announced plans for the 75,000 overhaul and rebranding of Revolution just months after new figures showed that more violent incidents had taken place there than in any other city club. Lothian and Borders Police were called out 150 times to deal with incidents at Revolution last year, although bosses defended the figures on the basis the club was the biggest in the Capital.

Luminar Leisure hopes the overhaul will change its current image when it opens on October 7, as a live music venue complementing places such as the Liquid Rooms, on Victoria Street, Cabaret Voltaire, on Blair Street and The Venue, on Calton Road.

Luminar announced last week work on its jazz club, Jam House, a joint project with Jools Holland, was almost complete and would be unveiled in November.

John Richardson, boss of Ripping Records on South Bridge, said: "I'd obviously welcome any addition to Edinburgh's live music scene. The city is crying out for a venue of this size and if they can make this work it would be absolutely brilliant."

 
 
 

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