The Egg, a staple club night at Edinburgh College of Art’s Wee Red Bar, and an institution for the city, is bowing out after 25 years of service. The first Egg took place on 16 October 1993, and the final one is set to be Saturday 20 October 2018.

The night was started by DJs Chris Henman and Paul Laird, who later recruited Jake Barnes to be part of the team.

“The Wee Red really suits the attitude. It’s cheap and cheerful, nothing too fancy. Some people have said it’s got a bit of a youth club and disco vibe to it,” said Chris, “It’s made its home here.”

The Wee Red Bar Manager, Colvin Cruickshank, remembers how the night got started and developed over time. “Chris and Paul had been doing their own nights, one with more of an indie bent, and the other with more of a funk and soul sound, and The Egg started as a bit of an amalgamation of the two,” he said, “And with the arrival of Britpop, it just shot up in popularity, and became an institution in Edinburgh. It put the Wee Red on the map in the 90s, actually.”

The Egg was attended by students and the general public alike, with many people prizing their personal Egg membership card. It also became known as the place to go for bands after they’d played a gig in the capital - visitors have included members of Mogwai, Inspiral Carpets and Black Rebel Motorcycle Club. As well as the standard Egg nights, more recently the bar has hosted tribute nights to The Fall and David Bowie. The only time it took place away from the Wee Red was when the team hired a boat and some busses and took everyone down for a party on the Firth of Forth.

A selection of The Egg posters
Posters courtesy of The Egg
A selection of The Egg posters

"There was a bit of a scene of young people who hung out dressed in vaguely 60s or 70s gear. Then we had Brit pop, mod revival, then it was punk revival, new wave of new wave (again), new wave of new rave and the rest. We had it covered and kept filling the floor with the timeless classics.”

“The music was eclectic, playing well-known tracks and then more obscure stuff that influenced the well-known bands. You won’t find many places that play Blur followed by something by The 13th Floor Elevators,” said Colvin, “I think that people need places like The Wee Red Bar and nights like The Egg to exist. The music they play is timeless.”

The Wee Red Bar will of course continue to host regular club nights, as well gigs, plays and stand-up.

Announcing the final event on Facebook, the night’s founders look back on its origins: “It was a time before everyone was a DJ. When people like me still bought vinyl because we hadn't got to grips with CDs. It was a time when the only acceptable drink to buy in a club was a Redstripe. Music wasn't all over the internet. There was a bit of a scene of young people who hung out dressed in vaguely 60s or 70s gear. People got dressed up a bit. Then we had Brit pop, mod revival, then it was punk revival, new wave of new wave (again), new wave of new rave and the rest. We had it covered and kept filling the floor with the timeless classics. We’ve kept the kids happy.”

Are you a graduate with memories from The Egg? Or do you have any old photos you’d like to share? We’d also like to put together an Egg playlist and welcome suggestions for the tracks to go on it. Contact ecaalumni@ed.ac.uk.