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Acclaimed Liverpool trio Stealing Sheep headline Bongo Lives! x Hidden Door x Limbo, Fri 29th May

28 May 2015 -

Stealing Sheep Myth Portrait

Acclaimed Liverpudlian trio Stealing Sheep make their Bongo Club debut on Friday 29th May, as part of our Bongo Lives! x Hidden Door Festival, also in association with vaunted Edinburgh gig-in-a-club promoters Limbo.

This trio, signed to respected UK label Heavenly Recordings (behind classic indie-pop band St Etienne, among many others), have just released second album Not Real to a raft of rave reviews, with Mojo calling them ‘truly, a class act’, Magnet magazine in the US heralding their ‘weird pop album’ as ‘a bold step in to a bigger world’ and Lauren Laverne having them in for a session on her 6music show just a fortnight ago.  To say we’re excited about having them play at The Bongo Club is something of an understatement.  In short, it should be  one of the gigs of the year.  Check out the two videos below for an idea of what to expect.

It’s also the first time we’ve collaborated with local festival Hidden Door, a gargantuan, nine-day-long event, run entirely by volunteers: artists, students and others who have generously given up their time to make something truly unique happen here in Edinburgh, without any public funding at all.  The energy, enthusiasm and uninhibited generosity of spirit that has gone into putting on the Hidden Door is absolutely second-to-none.  Long may it continue!

The support acts for this gig are Edinburgh stars Blank Canvas and new Glasgow band ULTRAS.

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This event complements Limbo’s other two stages at Hidden Door’s Secret Courtyard (King’s Stables Road) with Woodenbox, King Eider, Lo Bird, Pumajaw and Hailey Beavis.

More info / buy tickets for that (or the full HD festival ticket, which includes access to this event) here.


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Acclaimed Scottish band A New International launch Come To The Fabulon album

22 January 2015 -

A New International

A New International celebrate the release of their debut album, Come to the Fabulon, with a short European tour in February beginning with consecutive dates in their home cities of Edinburgh and Glasgow.

Recorded and produced in Sheffield by Colin Elliot, producer, co-writer and bassist with Richard Hawley, Come to the Fabulon is a lush, poetic rush of bitter-sweet romanticism; an evocative mixture of cinematic strings, circus lights, carnival and cabaret, music hall, gypsy, chanson, a little bit of folk, a little bit of flamenco, yet with pop at its beating heart – welcome to the world of A New International. Reference points for the uninitiated include Scott Walker, Calexico, Beirut, Ennio Morricone…

‘Sumptuous European balladeering translated into an urban Scottish setting’ (The List)

Formed in 2013 from the ashes of The Starlets, creators of ‘some of the finest pop songs you’ve never heard’ (Sunday Herald), stage-sharers and contemporaries of fellow Scots Belle and Sebastian and Camera Obscura, The Starlets walked the path of most resistance despite playing sold-out shows in Japan and wowing mainland Europe with their ‘staggeringly beautiful’ (The List) live shows.  The band’s foreign adventures provided the context and inspiration for a musical transformation and their rebirth as A New International.

‘One of Scotland’s finest, most underrated bands’ (The Scotsman)

‘Walk past the Crusty Cob cafe in Neepsend, Sheffield, turn right at the heaped bags of Archie’s Chippers Premium Potatoes, and there, up a winding staircase, nestles Yellow Arch studios where, hunched over the mixing desk, you’ll find critically-acclaimed producer Colin Elliot, well known for his production work with Richard Hawley and many others. Mr Elliot and the band bonded over a shared love of Scott Walker’s “Scott 3”, FC Barcelona and malt whisky. The resulting album, “Come to the Fabulon”, is a melodic box of delights.

‘Many moments of beauty’ The Independent)

Check out the excellent video for Valentino (as premiered by Clash Magazine) below.


Support comes from hosts Rally & Broad plus Caro Bridges and Mr Twonkey

Rally & Broad is the brain-child of Jenny Lindsay and Rachel McCrum, who met in the summer of 2011, sharing stories, poetry and many Birds N Bees during the Edinburgh festival season. Both of them poets, promoters and performers in their own right who could regularly be found running, hosting and appearing at poetry events, they looked around the scene and felt an itch to do something to give it a boost. And lo, over much wine and hilarity, they did hatch a plan… In a nutshell, this planning has led to them running or being part of around 200 gigs in 2014 alone. As well as their regular Rally & Broad events in Edinburgh and Glasgow, they are much sought after as hosts, planners, poets, panelists and performers all around the country.

‘A celebration of creation and unpredictability… a monthly celebration of rich talent continuing to be a beacon of brilliance on the live lit scene’ (The List)

‘What you get from attending nights like this is a strong sense that something as simple as the human voice speaking beautiful words sincerely meant can cut through all the snares and distractions of our modern lives’ (Peter Ross, Scotland on Sunday)

‘This is just weird…. A spoken word night I’m actually enjoying?’ (Don Paterson)

Caro Bridges is originally from Norwich (A Fine City) and has been writing and performing her melodic folk and jazz influenced songs around Edinburgh since 2009.

‘Her songs will help you anthropologically’ (Nicole Strachan, Anti-Zine)
‘Intricate, beautiful songs with much folky jazzy excellence’ (Hannah Kitchen Kirby, Kite & The Crane)

Mr. Twonkey (aka Paul Vickers) is mad as a cricket bat and fast as a silver hare. A surreal act of twisted songs, adult fairytales and games that feature elaborate props. He mixes funny anecdotes and heartfelt moments creating an enjoyable uniquely Twonkey vision of a better world.

★★★★  ‘A dog’s dinner of unexpected, absurd, even offensive content. It’s also a classic’ (Time Out)
★★★★ ‘A Sublime cloud of nonsense’ (The Scotsman)
★★★★ ‘Oddly entertaining and utterly bizarre’ (Fringe Guru)
★★★★ ‘Mind-boggling from start to finish’ (Broadway Baby)

Dare yourself to sample a Dadaist cheese counter.  Sacked from Looney Tunes during a purple patch and ready to snap.  A true British eccentric in the mould of Vivian Stanshall or Ivor Cutler.  Fast becoming an Edinburgh Fringe institution.


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Queen of UK performance poetry Francesca Beard plays Rally & Broad, Fri 23rd Jan

15 January 2015 -

Rally & Broad

Ah – dear January.  You are so often a month of long, dreary Sundays, broken resolve and rapidly-dwindling New Year hopes…

But not at R&B HQ! This month, we’d like to start as we mean to go on in 2015: by unapologetically apologising, with oor tongues firmly in oor cheeks. A celebration of the apology in its many varieties (I’m Sorry I Ate All Your Cheese; I’m Sorry I Broke Your Favourite Tea-cup/ Heart/ Mind; I’m Sorry I Voted That Way; I’m Sorry it’s the National Bard’s Birthday and We’re Totally Ignoring It, etc). Come hear the confessional, the reverential, the spittingly-caustic and the wittily marvellous in oor January line-up.

Welcome to The Apology Shop…

Francesca Beard

The indisputable Queen of UK performance poetry in a rare Scottish date! She’s sorry she is not up more often. To make up for it – check out her masterclass the next day at the Counting House!  Read her full biog here.

Hector Bizerk

The unapologetically experimental hip-hop duo!

Emily Dodd

You won’t be sorry to miss this wonderful woman with her unique interactive spoken word stories!


Up and coming Edinburgh-based singer-songwriter. Apologies, Henry’s Cellar Bar; we’re nicking one of yer music programmers for the nicht.


We recently judged the UK University Slam Championships and Jess Smith was on the winning team! That would be the Edinburgh Uni team. We’re sorry if ye may think that means we were biased. Come see her and ye’ll see we were not…

Tickets: £5 (on the door)

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Kate Tempest returns with her full band, Tues 24th Feb ’15

06 January 2015 -
Kate Tempest (full band)
Kate Tempest (full band) Live gig Bongo

Following October’s sold out solo show for her book tour (of which the Edinburgh performance drew five star appraisals from both The Scotsman and The Independent), we are buzzing about welcoming one of Britain’s most exciting new talents back to The Bongo Club, this time performing songs from her Mercury Music Prize-nominated album, Everybody Down, with her full live band.  If you caught Kate Tempest last time, you’ll know she’s nothing less than a sensational live performer.  If you’ve not seen her yet, this may be your last chance to do so in a small venue…

“One of the brightest British talents around” (The Guardian)

“As Tempest’s gorgeous steams of words flow out, they conjure a story so vivid its as if you had a state-of-the-art Blu-Ray player stuffed in your brain, projecting image after image that sears itself into your consciousness” (New York Times)

“Wow” (Chuck D – Public Enemy)

“Her works are truly of upliftment and betterment” (Roots Manuva)


Kate Tempest started out when she was 16, rapping at strangers on night busses and pestering mc’s to let her on the mic at raves. Ten years later she is a published playwright, novelist, poet and respected recording artist. Her work includes Balance, her first album with band Sound of Rum; Everything Speaks in its Own Way her first collection of poems, the critically acclaimed plays Wasted, Glasshouse and Hopelessly Devoted. Brand New Ancients, her self-performed epic poem to a live score, won the Ted Hughes prize 2013 and the Herald Angel at Edinburgh Fringe. It has sold out tours in the UK and New York and is published by Picador. Her second collection of poetry, Hold Your Own, will be published by Picador on October 2014. Her debut novel, The Bricks That Built The Houses, sold in a highly competitive auction to Bloomsbury and will be published in territories including the UK, US, France, Holland and Brazil in Spring 2015. Excitingly, each track on the record correlates with a chapter in the novel, in a groundbreaking cross-genre experience.

Her single Our Town, with producers letthemusicplay was recently released on Greco-Roman records. Kate has featured on songs with Sinead O Connor, Bastille, the King Blues, Damien Dempsey and Landslide. She has toured extensively, supporting Billy Bragg on his UK tour, as well as supporting Scroobius Pip, Femi Kuti, Saul Williams and John Cooper Clarke. She is 2 x slam winner at the prestigious Nu-Yorican poetry cafe in New York and has played all the major UK and European music festivals either solo or with Sound of Rum. She’s headlined Latitude festival and has been featured on the BBC’s Glastonbury highlights, Channel 4, BBC Radio 1,4 and 6, as well as XFM and the Charlie Rose Show (Bloomberg) in the US.

Kate’s new album Everybody Down was released in May 2014 on Big Dada records. It was produced by Dan Carey aka Mr Dan who is one of the UK’s best known and most highly-rated producers. When the two met, Carey invited Tempest to come through to his South London studio to muck about on a track or two. In a burst of intense creativity, they put down the whole twelve track album in a fortnight having spent almost a year developing the characters and story. Kate is currently working on a new collection of poems, (to be published by Picador in 2014).

Loyle Carner

Support from Tempest collaborator and rising star of UK hip hop Loyle Carner.

Hosted by Rally & Broad.

Tickets: £12.50 (adv) / £15 (door)

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‘Czeslaw Sings Solo Act’ live, Sun 18th Jan

31 December 2014 -

Czeslaw Mozil Solo Poster

This internationally acclaimed Polish singer, composer, accordionist and TV personality stops in Edinburgh on his UK tour. Having grown up in Copenhagen (where he opened the Kulkafeen bar) and graduated from the Royal Danish Academy of Music, Mozil has had two records certified Gold and one Platinum and was a juror on the Polish version of X Factor on TVN, no less.  An avowed lover of waltzes, he improvises melodies and proves that classical music doesn’t have to be boring by combining elements of avant-garde fantasy, cabaret and folk with a punk-rock vigour and poetic mood.  Solo, he showcases piano and accordion skills, featuring hits and favourites from the albums Debut, POP and Czeslaw Spiewa Milosza.  Each song is prefaced by anecdotes about the origins of its creation and similar autobiographical accounts.  Mozil’s style will appeal equally to fans of Balkan, klezmer and gypsy music.


The idea of ​​the Czeslaw Spiewa Solo Act was born 12 years ago, when an unknown Czeslaw Mozil widely played and sang wherever he could, travelling in small towns commonly called ‘Polish Class B’, with the objective of popularizing his Polish/Danish band, Czeslaw Spiewa, and to present Czeslaw Mozil to the public as an alternative musician.  Keeping with the spirit of the artist, this musical journey through the antipodes of the country maintained a balance between Czeslaw Mozil’s TV presence and his artistic activities. The project was a big success.

His solo shows are very popular among young people and older music lovers.  Funny jokes, an unusual set up and the intimate atmosphere of small pubs and social clubs create a unique opportunity for the artist to connect with a particular and multi-generational audience.  The result is the Platinum status of his DVD ‘In my little world’, which perfectly captures the atmosphere of unusual concerts under the title of Czeslaw Sings Solo Act.  There is no easy way of describing or labelling Czeslaw Mozila Solo Concerts.  Check out the wee video clip below for a better idea of what to expect.


Tickets: £18 in advance / £22 on the door.

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New Zealand singer-songwriter Jayson Norris, intimate live show, Thurs 4th Dec

26 November 2014 -


New Zealand singer-songwriter Jayson Norris brings an intimate performance to The Bongo Club, in association with Kiwi champions Spacific.


Combining his rich, earthy voice with a blend of soul, roots and rock, Jayson Norris offers music inspired by many songwriters including Ben Harper, Lenny Kravitz and Bob Marley. Jayson’s cultural and musical heritage is subtly reflected with a South-Pacific feel resonating throughout his songs.

Moving to the UK in 2004, Jayson set to work immediately. By tirelessly gigging all over London, hard work and epic live shows, Jayson soon made a name for himself and carved a niche in the music scene, supporting and sharing stages with a range of artists such as Andrea Bocelli, INXS, Blue King Brown, The Black Seeds, Pete Murray and Dave Dobbyn.

Since his move to the UK, Jayson Norris has released two full-length albums A Basket Full in 2006, which sold in excess of 3,000 copies independently in London alone and Freedom Twenty Eight in February 2011 through Loop Recordings in New Zealand and Australia. Freedom Twenty Eight is a dynamic blend of sounds, subject matter and genre that conveys Jayson’s explosive and diverse live show and captures the soul and emotion of him both musically and in his heartfelt lyrics.

Freedom Twenty Eight hit the New Zealand Album Charts debuting at #25 on the New Zealand Top 40 and #2 on the New Zealand Independent charts. The second and third singles taken from the album, “Love Someone” and “Window”, both made the New Zealand RIANZ Top 40 Singles Chart with the music video for “Love Someone” making #1 on Juice TV’s Channel 63.

Following on from the success of his recent singles and album, Jayson Norris was invited to join the cast of the renowned kiwi collective Fly My Pretties, which toured NZ in January 2011. Not only did Jayson join the cast of Fly My Pretties, but he also opened each show with his own epic live solo performance, impressing audiences across the country. While in NZ, Jayson also performed at the 2011 “Homegrown Festival” (NZ’s biggest local music festival), which saw him being the first artist ever to be asked to play on two different stages, a true testament to Jayson’s amazing live show.


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Reggae legend Earl Sixteen plays Messenger, Sat 1st Nov

25 October 2014 -


RESCHEDULED DATE (from July): Jamaican singer Earl John Daley, aka Earl Sixteen, is more than a bit of a legend in reggae circles, with a musical career going right back to the mid-Seventies, having been born in Kingston in 1958.

His early years included work with many other reggae greats: Joe Gibbs, Lee ‘Scratch’ Perry, Earl Morgan (The Heptones),  Boris Gardiner, with singles for Linval ThompsonAugustus PabloClement ‘Coxsone’ DoddSugar MinottYabby You, and Derrick Harriott, a debut album with Mikey Dread, two more with Roy Cousins and a collection of early material consequently released by evergreen label Studio One.

Having settled in England in the mid-Eighties, after a spell in the US, he met UK dub don Mad Professor, working with him and Stafford Douglas, among others, successfully covering Simply Red’s chart hit Holding Back The Years.  He returned to Jamaica to work with King Jammy and, come the early Nineties, was back in the UK lending his vocal cords to UK dance legends Leftfield (on Release The Pressure, as featured on their massive Leftism album), consequently joining UK electronica/reggae band and festival mainstays Dreadzone, in 1995.   See Dreadzone playlist.

He had his a major label debut, Steppin Out (WEA), in 1997 (also nominated for a MOBO award, no less) and has been touring with Dreadzone and as part of Leftfield’s tour-band worldwide ever since.  Having started his own label, Merge Prodcuction, mainly for previously unreleased productions from the late Seventies and Eighties, he put out a new album as Earl Sixteeen meets Manasseh, Walls Of The City, in 2013.

In short, this live show is not to be missed!  See full biog and discog on Wikipedia.

Tickets (£10) on the door only.

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Kate Tempest (Sat 25th Oct) SOLD OUT!

01 October 2014 -


Rally & Broad and the Scottish Poetry Library’s event with 2014 Mercury Music Award Nominee Kate Tempest (Saturday 25th October) is now totally SOLD OUT and so we can offer a RETURNS ONLY policy for anyone turning up without a ticket and wishing to get in on the night (i.e. arrive early and keep your fingers crossed)!

N.B. This event is to promote the launch of Tempest’s book,  so she will be performing her work solo, as opposed to with a live band.

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Six60 & David Dallas LIVE (Sat 17th May) – SOLD OUT!

06 May 2014 -

Six60This gig has now SOLD OUT and will be open to ticket-holders and returns only on the night.

Blending soul, rock, dubstep and drum ‘n’ bassSix60‘s music is as dynamicversatile andunexpected as their back story.  Extended singer-songwriter jams incorporate dubstep sections as bridges, hard-rocking guitar duels with robust synthetics and thunderous low end bass over vibrant percussive rhythms, and in both voice and instrumentation, infectious melody consistently shines through.

After spending most of 2013 in Europe and USA, performing at some of the world’s biggest festivals including Glastonbury, SXSW, The Great Escape, Wavefront, Summerfest andRepeerbahn, Six60 returned to New Zealand for the summer and immediately hit the studio. For these gigs the band are playing a BRAND NEW set that debuts five new songs plus a few other surprises.

David Dallas

Supporting them will be David Dallas with his first ever UK shows.  The past three years have been a rollercoaster for David: he signed to underground powerhouse Duck Down Music in2011, releasing second album ‘The Rose Tint’ soon after, followed by a tour throughoutNorth America with hip-hop duo Aer.  He recently supported Eminen and Jay Cole on their tours of Australasia.


Six60 announced a TV synchronisation deal for their song, Run For It, via a trailer for the brand new ITV drama, Prey (starring John Simm), throughout April.  

Term: 29 days (7th April – 5th May, tbc)
Territory: UK and Eire
Media: Streamed internet/mobile advertising (Pre–roll ads on various UK video-on-demand/rich media services via the Videology service including 4OD, Blinkbox, Netflix, etc)





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This gig has now SOLD OUT and will be open to ticket-holders and returns only on the night.

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David Dallas, NZ hip hop star, supports Six60 LIVE

19 March 2014 -



David Dallas has just been announced as the tour support for Kiwi pop-soul stars Six60. These will be his first ever UK shows.

The past three years have been a roller-coaster for David Dallas: he signed to underground powerhouse Duck Down Music in 2011, releasing second album ‘The Rose Tint’ soon after, followed by a tour throughout North America with hip-hop duo Aer.  He recently supported Eminem and Jay Cole on their tours of Australasia.

‘(Dallas is) the coolest thing to come out of New Zealand for quite some time’
(Rip It Up magazine, NZ)

‘There’s an honesty in Dallas’ lyrics that’s so genuine it’s refreshing’
(XXL Mag, US)

‘Easily the most impressive Kiwi cultural export since Flight of the Conchords.  Dallas stands as an inspirational tale of coming from nowhere with the mecca of hip hop in one’s crosshair and hitting it big under the bright lights’ (URB Magazine, US)

More info about this gig / buy tickets here.


Kiwi hip-hop artist David Dallas is the “artist formerly known as”. Formerly known as Con Psy. Formerly known as one-half of the award winning local hip-hop group Frontline. Through currently known as “the next big thing”.

Dallas first appeared on the New Zealand music scene after label mate P-Money spotted the prodigious talents of the rising star. It was this recognition that led to Dallas’ searing verse on Scribe’s “Not Many – The Remix”. The song heralded the arrival of an untapped rap talent that New Zealand hip-hop was quick to make room for.

Eight years on from that 16 bar introduction, David Dallas has amassed an impressive history of ticked boxes. Releasing a critically lauded debut album? Check. New Zealand music award for the Best Hip Hop Album? Check. Record deal with prestigious American record label? Check. Surgically precise wordplay few can approach? Check.

Dawn Raid Entertainment, Dirty Records and Duck Down Music are excited to announce the release of Falling Into Place – David Dallas’ third studio album.

The past two years have been a rollercoaster for the Kid. He signed to underground powerhouse Duck Down Music NYC in 2011, releasing second album The Rose Tint in the US soon after and touring throughout North America with hip hop duo Aer. A spot at the notoriously hard-to-get-into SXSW Fader party. Big ups from Kanye West and adds to MTV America and Australia. Short listing for New Zealand’s highest songwriting accolade, the Taite Prize. A tour of New Zealand with P-Money, and the release of his Buffalo Man EP.

Not wanting to rest on laurels, the start of 2013 saw Dallas enter the studio with production whizz kids Fire & Ice, note book in hand. Diamonds are made under pressure. In four months, Dallas had tweleve unmissable finished tracks to put his name to.

D.Dot talks a big game but he’s still a storyteller. Themes on Falling Into Place range from epic Django Unchained tales of escape on first single “Runnin”, to his tribute to the streets of South Auckland, “Southside”. Arguably the biggest innovator in hip hop New Zealand has seen in two decades, Dallas has once again turned his eagle eye to finding new and unusual talent to mix in with his own. On “The Wire” and “The Gate” he collaborates with alt. pop icon Ruby Frost, the tracks bookending the album (both songs had been demo-ed a year before “that” TV show, to quell any notions of bandwagon-jumping). Elsewhere in the tracklisting, up-and comers Spycc and Rokske rub shoulders with long time wingmen Sid Diamond, Mareko, PNC and US superstar rapper Freddie Gibbs.

With his second album The Rose Tint, David Dallas made new rules for how a record should be sold and marketed (i.e give it away). Expect the unexpected when Falling Into Place drops in October.

‘I’m out here, I’m hungry. I don’t play around, trust me’ (‘Runnin’, David Dallas)


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