If you don’t want to stay in this Friday night, but are still unsure about what to do and where to go, here are four nightlife picks courtesy of The Guide’s editorial staff.
Local and international DJs are heading to Arkaoda for two nights in a row on Friday the 9th and Saturday the 10th for those who are not scared to have a massive hangover on Sunday. Friday night will kick off with Turkish duo Hünkar Uğur and Emir Özer aka Çerikunda who’ll get the night going with live remixes. DJ Golem, also known as Kaan Akay, will get behind the deck afterwards with his drum’n’bass beats. The night will continue will DJ Fitz and Biriken DJ Set (Ünal & Okan), and end with the Dearhead DJ Set.
If you don’t have a chance to attend the Friday program, bear in mind that you can see a different roster of DJs the following night. For a full list of the times the DJs will be playing on both Friday and Saturday, click here.
When: December 9, 8:00 PM
Where: Arkaoda; Kadife Sokak No. 18/A; P: (0216) 418 02 77
How much: Free
The band known as Brazzaville, founded in LA in 1997 by David Brown, is currently located in Barcelona, Spain. The band has toured all over the world and is especially popular in Russia and the CIS countries, as well as here in Istanbul, where it has performed at the 2005 Istanbul Jazz Festival. Brazzaville returned to Istanbul four years later, resulting in the 2009 album Brazzaville in Istanbul. Mixing such diverse genres as bossa nova, rock, dub, and jazz, the eclectic sound of Brazzaville is instantly appealing. Come to Otto Santral to give this band the warm welcome it deserves.
When: December 9, 11:00 PM
Where: Otto Santral; Santralistanbul, Eski Silahtarağa Elektrik Santrali Kazım Karabekir Caddesi No. 1; P: (0212) 427 18 89
How much: 34 TL
Alice Gold is an up-and-coming English singer and songwriter, referred to by music authorities as a talent to keep an eye on. Gold entered the music scene in 2010 with her debut single “Orbiter” and received considerable attention after her second single “Runaway Love.” Even though she’s technically a pop artist, she says that she gets inspired from rock n roll and 60s psychedelic music, and you can definitely sense the influences of these genres in her not-so-mainstream pop songs.
When: December 9, 11:30 PM
Where: Indigo; Tomtom Mahallesi Akarsu/Acara Sokak; P: (0212) 244 85 67
How much: 28.50 TL; 23.50 TL (student)
The Grammy-winning New York hip hop act known as De La Soul, founded in 1987, consists of Posdnuos (Kelvin Mercer), Dave (David Jude Jolicoeur), and Maseo (Vincent Mason). Ever since the release of their first album, 3 FeetHigh and Rising, De La Soul has been widely recognized as one of the most original names in hip-hop, with deft, virtuosic, and surprising lyrics. Eschewing the aggressive sounds and violent themes of colleagues like Public Enemy, De La Soul instead founded a genre of alternative hip hop mixing elements of jazz, reggae, and much more. Come to Ghetto on Friday night to welcome this legendary hip hop act to Istanbul.
When: December 9, 11:30 PM
Where: Ghetto; Kalyoncu Kulluk Sokak No. 10; P: (0212) 251 75 01
How much: 55 TL (at door); 50 TL; 40 TL (students)