Highland Club Culture

Audiolife

2004 - present

Audiolife began under the name Frequency in April 2004. Hosting outdoor parties and gigs at local village halls and social clubs around Inverness. The aim was to provide Inverness with a more diverse club scene, a safe environment where people can come and enjoy the music within, promoting electronic music, arts & culture, using the latest technologies in lights & sound and to give local DJ's and artists a stage to perform.

April 2005 saw them secure the Spectrum Arts centre, holding 2 successful club nights there while working alongside Limelight Events. A year later saw the relaunch and rebranding of the night, under its current guise Audiolife.

Frequency 2005 @ The Spectrum Arts Centre Inverness

In February 2007, they held their first residency at the Picture House in Dingwall. Local already established Djs were invited along to these early club nights with DJ’s such as Steve Dell, Steven Flynn, Michael Blyth, and Kam Cheng headlining regularly with all of them attending many of the gigs and being very supportive and influential from the beginning. Guests including DJs Ally Ridgers, Martin Gowans, Liam Mackenzie, and Ross Kinder amongst others got their breakthrough with Audiolife and currently run successful nights themselves.

The success of the nights arose further opportunities for the residents, allowing them to travel to neighboring town Aviemore, to the Vault nightclub, where they performed alongside close friends John Brownlie and Kevin Irvin who now own the Vault. Onto Elgin, to Dj at Electric Nights alongside Raymond MacIntosh and Roy Fraser and also performed at the Mad Ferret Festival, Kinloss ran by Decoded promoter Scott Divers. All are good friends to this day

On the 26th July 2008, under new venue manager Paul Ashton, Audiolife hosted the first electronic music club night to be held at the Ironworks, Inverness. Their perseverance and hard work had finally paid off. They held a 3D party with dedicated visuals and projections, clubbers were given 3D glasses upon entry that allowed them to immerse themselves in an exciting and surreal environment while listening to the best of house and techno.

audiolife 3D party

The night was filmed, extra lasers, lights, and visuals were brought in becoming a standard for their nights. Although monetarily not the success they hoped for it opened the door for more club nights to follow and increased the hunger of the Audiolife crew.

audiolife 23rd July Ironworks - 3D glasses

Following listening to a mix cd of Dj Deadmau5 in early 2008 promoters Alan & Darren contacted his agent. Months passed by before a reply came back with the agent advising that they had only one chance to book Deadmau5, as his career was about to go to superstar Dj levels and that the smaller venues would not be able to afford him. The fee offered alone was already at a nearly unattainable level but Alan decided there was no other option, knowing that this was their only chance and took the financial risk and went ahead, regardless. Deadmau5 graced the stage of the Ironworks Music venue on the 23rd of August 2008. 11 years on and it is still the most successful and significant club night Inverness has seen. To explain the magnitude of the event, Deadmau5's roster for the weekend was Colours, at the Arches, Glasgow on Friday, Audiolife, Inverness on the Saturday and Creamfields Festival on Sunday.

Alan warming up to Deadmau5, Ironworks, 23rd August 2008

Alan & fellow promoter Darren decided to run a local DJ competition with the best submission opening up for Deadmau5 on the night. Word spread beyond belief, with entries coming in from all over the UK and as far afield as London. Alan remembers some real quality mixes coming in the post, going well beyond anything they had ever expected.

Deadmau5, audiolife Inverness

The hype surrounding the gig was unbelievable and has never been witnessed or replicated in the Highlands again.

audiolife Inverness

Audiolife has progressed massively over the last few years with now 7 residents DJs and our own arts a photography projects, we have a great team of people now involved within Audiolife. We also have our monthly radio-show we are looking to roll out to twice a month with various residences throughout Scotland. We continue to hold our annual Audiolife summer party and look forward to playing at this year shenanigan festival.