Messenger (Monthly Saturdays)

Monthly Saturdays

Roots reggae rockingfoundation tune, fresh dubs, vibes alive, rockers, steppers, rub-a-dub.  Scotland’s original [and biggest] roots and culture rasta reggae sound system, Messenger has been spreading the word on their own custom built bass-heavy rig since 1987, with a flame burning brighter than ever today.

Powered by the Messenger Sound System.

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@messengersoundsystem Bongo reopening party

“After a successful summer season at Summerhall, Messenger return to Bongo basscamp for the monthly shot of Conscious Reggae Muzik inna Dubwize style!” they say.

“Full Sound System Experience…

Conscious Reggae Muzik to rock your soul
Upfull vibes for each n everyone.
Messenger established 1987
Bongo Club resident since 1997
1st independent heavy duty, high powered custom built sound system north of the border.
Conscious Reggae Muzik / Dubwize
Original Roots + Culture Experience
Edinburgh’s longest running club night
Good vibes every time.”

Tickets can be found on the Bongo website
TONIGHT: For their *Bongo Summer Closing* event, @messengersoundsystem celebrates the Ras Tafari Birthday. 🇪🇹

Messenger Sound System
MC Ista Lion

Tix: RA // Bongo 


“Hold a Joy, Salute to the King of Kings, Ras Tafari Birthday month celebration,” they say. “Conscious Reggae Muzik to rock your soul. Upfull vibes for each n everyone. 🔥

Messenger established 1987, Bongo Club resident since 1997, first independent heavy duty, high-powered custom-built sound system north of the border. 🔊

Conscious Reggae Muzik / Dubwize Original, Roots & Culture Experience. Edinburgh’s longest running club night. Good vibes every time. ☀

“LAST BONGO SESSION b4 we temporarily shift up the road to Summerhall for the festival. Rally Round, crowd o’ people…” 💨



Following their celebration of the life and music of Jah Shaka (RIP), the next @messengersoundsystem dance is a Rockers International Special, devoted to the great Augustus Pablo.

Immortalised on the King Tubbys Meets Rockers Uptown album, Pablo’s distinctive, melodica-drenched sound is immediately recognisable, even to those with just a passing interest in dub and reggae music. Essential.

‘Tribute to the original melodica and dub master Augustus Pablo, who alongside the legendary King Tubby is responsible for some of the mightiest muzikal works ever to come out of the island of Jamaica and beyond,’ they say.

‘Fitting Tribute in Pablo’s birth month – catch classic Pablo and extended Rockers family selections to nice up the place – Heartically!

Messenger will be pulling out our original ‘ol skool bass boxes and amps for the occasion.
3 stacks of raw, reggae sound system bass line.

MCs @afrikansimba and @istalion in the area.

Muzikal pleasure + cultural satisfaction guaranteed. Vibes nice every time. Rock and Come In…’

Powered by the Messenger Sound System.
Following the sad news of his recent passing, @messengersoundsystem play this tribute dance “in honour to the greatest sound man, JAH SHAKA, King of Roots + Culture Sound System,” as they put it. “Nuff Shaka classics for your musical upliftment and cultural satisfaction.  Messenger will be pulling out our original ‘ol skool bass boxes and amps for this occasion. 3 stacks of raw, reggae sound system bass line.  Shaka’s first appearance in Scotland was on these very boxes – 1998, original Bongo Club, New Street.  Join us as we salute the inspirator for this sound and so many others.  MC Afrikan Simba, original Shaka student on the mic.  Tune in and hold a good vibes – Conscious Reggae Muzik for each n everyone. Blessings.” 

Messenger Sound System 


Advanced tickets on RA






"Sweetest Bass Line Massage Original Sound System Experience Rock + Come In Vibes Nice.

Messenger Sound System est 1987 Bongo Club staple since 1997 conscious Reggae Muzik for one n all"



#messengersoundsystem #afrikansimba #rootsandculture #dub #soundsystemculture #rootsreggae
This Week:

Tuesday 18th- @midnightbass_edi are in for their weekly party, this week they’re putting on a full night of neuro drum and bass! 

Wednesday 19th - @_ecfs_ are back with their first club night of the year bringing 3 Edinburgh powerhouses to the booth, @smiffmusic @sosigloop @riaandrews_ , all blending a multitude of genres for you to dance to. 

Thursday 20th - @femm.ergy comes around once again with a stacked line up of djs and artists alike celebrating all things femme - @riaandrews_ and @sosigloop back for a second night aswell as @phillyholmes_ and more bringing  the heat.

Friday 21st- @overground4lyf head honcho goes back to back with spectacled club don @case_ment 
For a 4 hour set. With Wax Collective taking over room 2 with their UK Funky influenced selection 

Saturday 22nd - @messengersoundsystem celebrate 25 years of Messenger at The Bongo Club, They present a Roots double bill featuring special guests @jahyouthsoundsystem the Roots Ambassador + MCs Prince Livijah and Sister Uwimana. Expect exclusive dub plates and fantastic sound!

All tickets and more information for events can be found via the link in our bio or through the accounts tagged above and Resident Advisor. 

#nightclub #cowgate #drumandbass #dnb #ukfunky #ukgarage #soca #dancehall #jerseyclub #hardcore #rave #jungle #grime #reggae #soundsystem
TONIGHT: Messenger Sound System returns.

Established 1987, Bongo staple since ’96, Messenger has been preaching the dub reggae gospel longer than anyone else in Scotland.

“Conscious Reggae Muzik for one n all – dub wise and otherwise.  The great Afrikan Simba on the mic,” says main man Stevie Messenger.

Original custom built sound – full body bass line massage – dropping sweet and heavy. 

Upfull selection to make you jump and prance.  Rock + Come In. Vibes nice….”

Tix via RA // OTD