Expertly programmed and supportive of the local scene, Sneaky Pete’s delivers everything you could want from a small-capacity club or gig venue
A 150-capacity sweatbox on Edinburgh’s main clubbing thoroughfare, Sneaky Pete’s has punched well above its weight to become the finest gig and club venue in the city. Granted, it’s not much to look at – there’s a dirty great pillar in the middle of the dancefloor that obstructs the view of the stage, and the toilets take pride in being grungy and full of graffiti – but as far as atmosphere and appearance go, it’s not without its charms: the twin LCD Soundsystem-referencing ‘Dance Yrself Clean’ murals being the most obvious signifier that you’re in for a good night out.
Where Sneaky’s has really excelled is in its programming. Resident club nights Juice (Thursdays), In Deep, #notsosilent (both alternating Fridays) and Teesh (second Saturdays) bring in some of the finest DJ talent in the country, with Erol Alkan, JD Twitch, The Juan Maclean, Bill Brewster and Deep Shit among the recent highlights. There’s a healthy relationship with some of the finer clubbing brands along the M8 as well – tastemaking Glasgow label LuckyMe and DJ/production outfit Vitamins are semi-regular visitors. On the musical side of things, Sneaky’s programming veers towards the just-above-underground: Future Islands, Frightened Rabbit, Eagulls, DZ Deathrays, TheeSatisfaction and Dan Le Sac vs Scroobius Pip have been among the best Edinburgh live shows of the last few years.
It’s also worth noting that Sneaky’s isn’t just looking after number one, having made active efforts to improve and support Edinburgh’s club and gig scene. Multi-venue mini-festival Sneakyfest forged relationships with likeminded nearby venues and provided a platform for undiscovered local talent in the not too distant past, while fellow local luminaries The Bongo Club and Studio 24 have joined forces with Sneaky’s in the recent Music Can Change Your Life campaign, placing an emphasis on decent tunes over cheap gimmicks and drinks promotions – a message we can wholeheartedly get behind.
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