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Pete Rock Cancellation & Ticket Refunds

25 February 2015 -

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Due to Circumstances beyond our control PETE ROCK was unable to perform for I Love Hip Hop last night.

His UK tour got cancelled last week and we were promised that alternative travel was being organised by the Tour management company to get PETE ROCK over specifically for the night but this did not materialize Monday night/Tuesday morning, due to the costs from JFK airport making it impossible.

The Tour Agency offered a UK-based replacement as a gesture but this did not materialize either.

We can only apologise but must say we are as frustrated as yourselves.

Full refunds are available from all outlets where your tickets were purchased.


We’re all, at the Bongo, equally completely gutted that Pete Rock cancelled his appearance. As long as you bought a ticket from this website, refunds will be forthcoming from us ASAP. 

If you bought your ticket elsewhere (either Skiddle, Tickets Scotland or Ripping Records), you’ll need to pursue your refund from the point of purchase. Please let us know if you haven’t received a refund from us (via paypal) by Wed 4th March and thanks in advance for your patience.

It’s not clear whether or not the event will be re-scheduled at this stage but we’ll update this page and the website with more info about that as soon as we have it. Other than that, we’ll continue to enjoy this classic tune of his, albeit tinged with a slightly more bittersweet taste than usual… Peace.

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Pete Rock makes Scottish debut at I Love Hip Hop, Tues 24th Feb

29 January 2015 -

Pete Rock I Love Hip Hop bannerI Love Hip Hop is proud to present iconic US DJ, producer and MC PETE ROCK all the way over on his UK Tour, making his Edinburgh debut:



New York native and one of rap music’s most respected producers, Pete Rock was introduced to the world via Marley Marl’s WBLS show in 1989. He has since gone on to work with everyone from forerunners Heavy D (his cousin), Slick Rick, EPMD and Run-DMC (including their first single, ‘Down With The King’), to later talents in the shape of Lords Of The Underground (actually offering vocals on their ‘Flow On’), Nas and K-Solo. Other projects include his soundtrack work on Who’s The Man and Menace II Society. His remix roster is almost as impressive, with engagements with Brand Nubian, Public Enemy, House Of Pain, Das EFX, Father and non-rap artists like Shabba Ranks and Johnny Gill. He also put together the Untouchables producer network/umbrella organisation for the activities of himself and co-conspirators Eddie F, Dave Hall and Nevelle Hodge.

Rock also recorded with rapper C.L. Smooth (b. Corey Penn), debuting with 1991’s acclaimed All Souled Out EP. Rock’s impeccable production skills were again to the fore on Mecca And The Soul Brother, which included the superb US Top 60 hit single ‘They Reminisce Over You (T.R.O.Y.)’. Their second album tilted towards the mainstream on smooth R&B cuts such as ‘Searching’ and ‘Take You There’, but with the rise of gangsta rap challenging their old school-style the duo called it a day shortly afterwards.

1998’s Soul Survivor, which featured a long guest list including members of the Wu-Tang Clan, Noreaga, Beenie Man, and his old partner Smooth. Rock’s mellow, soul-influenced style provided a surprisingly effective backing to the abrasive MCing of most of the guest rappers.

Still hard at it he has unreleased material with jay z and Kanye west a full album with sniff n Wesson …. Now he makes his first Scottish appearance at I LOVE HIP HOP
with support from Edinburgh’s heavyweights Ritchie Ruftone and Nasty P.



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Music Can Change Your Life

09 September 2014 -


We also have 25 of these fly Music Can Change Your Life mugs to give away for FREE to the first 25 Freshers through the door on Tuesday (I Love Hip Hop), Wednesday (Champion Sound) and Thursday (Hullabaloo) during  Freshers Week!


If you don’t have a wristband already, just show your matriculation card at the bar to prove you’re a Fresher and we’ll sort you out, if we have any left…


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Bongo Lives! ’14 FESTIVAL (27th Apr-4th May)

15 April 2014 -



One year on from re-opening in the underground and The Bongo Club is well and truly settled in our new home at 66 Cowgate. After the success of the inaugural Bongo Lives! Festival in 2013, we’re back for another celebration of the arts and music we all love.

As this year also marks the 20th birthday of our sister organisation Out of the Blue, it seemed like a great reason to have an even bigger celebration.

Without you, we’re nothing.

Community is at the heart of everything we do and the aim of Bongo Lives! 2014 is to celebrate the community that is the backbone of any vibrant arts and music scene. Without the love and hard work of our supporters, The Bongo Club and Out of the Blue wouldn’t be the stalwarts of the Edinburgh music and arts scene that we are today.

If Edinburgh is a village, as the local saying goes, our village is made up of people who support the arts through thick and thin. We’ve had our ups and downs at both Out of the Blue and The Bongo Club but we’re still here and we’re not planning on going away anywhere soon!

With the vital support of many people, we intend to flourish as an integral part of Edinburgh’s cultural landscape for thousands of local people and visitors alike for many more years to come.

Big Narstie


Check out the special guest acts playing at Four Corners (Diesler of Tru Thoughts / Ninja Tune fame) on Fri 2nd May, Big n Bashy on Sat 3rd May (Base Defence League, featuring grime artists Big Narstie (pictured above), Big H and Logan Sama), plus the one-off, May Bank Holiday special with house/techno player Saytek on Sun 4th.

The Black Diamond Express portrait


Bongo Lives! is all about The Black Diamond Express (pictured above), Thurs 1st May, which is sure to be hopping as they prepare for their big Canadian tour in June plus an evening curated by the excellent Braw Gigs, Sat 3rd, featuring Muscletusk headlining.

Rally & Broad


We’ve four companies and seven events in total (including the ‘Wonder’ Workshop), not least the mighty Rally & Broad (pictured above) and Creative Electric with newcomers Illicit Ink and Edinburgh Stage School supplying the rear-guard action.



There’s the launch of Brian Kellock and Dick Lee‘s inspiring Spirit Of Jazz workshops and a brand new Bongo commission for Kirsty Whiten (see picture above) – much-loved former Bongo/OOTB regular and rising star of the international art world.

With all our regular midweek club nights, I Love Hip Hop (Tuesdays), Champion Sound (Wednesdays), Hullabaloo (Thursdays), also running as usual, if you’ve not made it down to the ‘new’ Bongo Club in the last fifteen months, what better opportunity to do just that? See you at the bar!




This is just the start of these celebrations (set to continue for the rest of 2014) down at The Drill Hall but the Arts Market and Open Studios (Sat 3rd May)are sure to be a real highlight for many.

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