Remembering when Edinburgh teenagers flocked to under-16 nightclubs


It’s hard not to miss the simplicity of the early and mid-2000s, the absence of social media, the responsibilities of the adult hood, and the skyrocketing cost of living too far to worry.

In our early teens, all we had to think about was making sure our foundation didn’t match our skin tone at all and

The boys sported beige chinos with this “iconic” Topman Rhianna t-shirt along with Justin Bieber’s baby haircut.

The girls also styled impressive combs with no visible parting, usually wearing a black tube skirt with a cute tank top, terrible fake tans and Primark’s finest jewelry.

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Teenagers from all over town flocked

Getting ready at pals’ house was a ritual held weeks before, all the girls huddled together fighting over a single makeup mirror and several coats of thick mascara.

All week at school the topic of conversation was “who are you going to shoot” and the night was slightly more exciting than a usual house party because boys from different schools would be there.

Taking place on a Friday night, the event typically lasted four hours and ended much earlier than your usual 9pm night.

Karma hosted a number of Forth One parties.
Karma hosted a number of Forth One parties.

Long-gone nightclubs such as Karma, Stereo, and City held exclusive events for school children across the city.

Tickets cost around £7 for events for exclusive parties which were sold out only before the event from the reception at Forth One on Forth Street.

Taking advantage of the half-day Friday, groups of teenagers would take the bus into town and go to Radio Forth House on Forth Street to buy tickets for underage parties.

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Usually the parties had a holiday theme, such as Midterm Madness, Valentines Friday or Schools out for Summer.

The iconic events peaked in the early 10s with many teenagers from across the city donning their rags for a sweaty night in the nightclub.

Sweaty 14-year-olds spent the night sober dancing to Jason Derulo, Kesha and Avicii.

Thinking back to the photos now, you’d probably be absolutely mortified and wish your school pal had never shared the memories post on Facebook, but back then we all had the best time, enjoying our first flavor of nightlife in the capital and that’s all that matters. .


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