Semi-legendary club and gig space that’s well loved by Edinburgh’s techno-heads. The programme is more eclectic than it used to be, with metal and other alterna
Formerly known as Calton Studios, a mainstay of the strong Edinburgh techno scene back in the 1990s, Studio 24 was actually a television studio some decades ago, before being converted into a compact 180-seat cinema in 1977. Its current look points to that eclectic history, with its pedestrian façade – it looks like a detached Victorian terraced house – giving way to a long internal space, which stretches some way back from the road and a decent-sized upstairs room.
Over the years the family-run venue has showed considerable staying power, remaining put in the face of an ongoing regeneration programme around it, what with it being a couple of stones’ throws from the Royal Mile and Haymarket Station. This endurance (and the fact it hosted Nirvana’s lone Edinburgh date) has given the rough and ready but atmospheric joint a certain elder statesperson role on the city’s live scene, although its tastes are eclectic. Expect to hear a blend of harder-edged techno and metal across the club and local live band programme, although only rarely on the same bill.