With history stretching back almost 60 years Cav Edinburgh originally opened in the 1940s as a dancehall. ‘The New Cavendish’ soon became Edinburgh’s leading dancehall winning a reputation as one of the best places for dances such as jiving and ballroom and famous for its ‘sprung dancefloor’.
As the trend geared towards clubbing the venue changed from a dancehall and reformed into a nightclub in 1969 named ‘Clouds’. ‘Clouds’ played host to some huge acts such as Pink Floyd, The Jam, Adam & The Ants to name but a few.
Renamed in 1979 to ‘Coasters’, which brought back live dance music and turned Friday nights into the ‘Dreamland Ballroom’. ‘Coasters’ was famous for its Roller Disco and for performances from Depeche Mode, Culture Club, The Clash, and more.
‘Outer Limits’ in 1984 opened the upstairs room as ‘The Hoochie’ and was one of the first clubs in Edinburgh to play house music. ‘The Hoochie’ was changed to ‘Mambo’ which billed itself as Scotland’s only true black music night and reggae – a specialist music club.
Another name change to ‘The Network’ in 1990 before reverting back to its original name of ‘The Cavendish’ in 1991.
Re-opened as ‘Cavendish & Diva’ in September 2002 after a £2 million refurbishment. Then after a brief 4 months time out, the club launched as ‘Lava Ignite’ in April 2005.
‘Lava Ignite’ saw acts such as Calvin Harris, Example, Basshunter which put ‘Lava Ignite’ back on the map for live music. During this time, the club also played host to comedy with the likes of Des Clarke, Daniel Sloss, Tom Stade appearing.
Another half million pound refurbishment in 2012 saw ‘Lava Ignite’ revert back to ‘Cav’ – the name always remembered by customers (despite the other name changes), and under the new ownership of the Deltic Group.
Cav now consists of 3 themed rooms, equipped with top of the range lighting and sound equipment, as well as 6 different bars and a VIP only Luxe Lounge. All you need to do is bring the guests to enjoy a fantastic experience in Edinburgh’s most popular nightclub.
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