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.