We will be closing our doors for our annual summer hiatus, 16th July – 31st August, due to our lease being taken over by The Underbelly (who have a prior agreement with landlords Edinburgh City Council dating back more than 15 years now).
While we’re obviously saddened and somewhat financially hobbled by not being open for business through the Fringe, we have no choice in this matter, nor anywhere else to locate our events satisfactorily.
Please come and help us make our last week in the building until September a proper blast! It helps us to keep all the wheels turning (and the wolf from our doors).
Bass music innovator Zomby headlines for Electrikal this Friday 25th March and we’re super-excited to be welcoming him to the Bongo.
Zomby – a beast perhaps as mythical as Burial in UK bass lore, but with the ability to take the essential characteristics of numerous genres and fold them into a neat origami-like masterpiece. After his ode to carefree hardcore anthems with ‘Where Were You In ‘92?’ and digital dub classics like ‘Strange Fruit’ and ‘Spliff Dub’, he’s now graced us with both the the funky-ass ‘Let’s Jam!!!’ series and a stone cold eskibeat with Wiley (just to tick every damn box).
There’s a good interview with him from 2013 on Pitchfork and this much older one (from 2009) on FACT is also quite revealing.
This mix for Dazed is a good reflection of what he might be expected to play for the club.
And this more recent mix for Benji B on Radio 1 shows a more introspective side.
We’re all very excited about the arrival of ‘godfather of grime’ Slimzee at The Bongo Club for the Electrikal Sound System crew this Friday. The hype for this event has been incredible (as you can see from the Facebook event), so if you don’t have a ticket already, you’ll either want to grab one now or make sure you arrive early to avoid disappointment!
DJ Slimzee, co-founder of the massive Rinse FM and member of the legendary Pay As You Go Cartel was born in East London and grew up immersed in pirate radio with the likes of Dizzee Rascal & Wiley.
Fast forward to 2015 and Slimzee is regarded as one of the UK’s true underground heroes, still calmly demolishing clubs around the world with ease. He boasts an unrivaled library of custom grime dub-plates and rare classics. Combined with a perpetual hunger for fresh, forward sounds, there is nobody in the world that can deliver a set like Slimzee.
Joining him on mic duties for the first time in Edinburgh will be the London City warlord, Riko Dan, part of the original Roll Deep crew.
Also making their Edinburgh debut will be the mighty Kahn & Neek, founders of the vinyl only imprint Bandulu and the duo behind Gorgon Sound. Rest assured that they will be bringing a bag full of exclusive vinyl dubplates to literally obliterate the depths of Edinburgh’s Cowgate.
We are also pleased to be bringing some troops from Too Much Hype and Levels Syndicate in Glasgow through to join our very own DJ Era for a massive b2b selection to warm things up.
Taking over Room 2 will be Astral Black tastemaker Jaisu, spinning some of the funkiest 45’s in existence.
As you may already know, since we moved to our new home underneath George IV Bridge, the terms of our tenancy require us to vacate the premises for the summer months (Sunday 12th July until we reopen on Saturday 5th September this year), so The Underbelly can move in to use the space for the Fringe.
NB Without a venue, we’re unable to run any of our regular nights (or any Fringe events). We don’t have any control over this, nor do we have any involvement in what happens in the building during this period. The Underbelly is a completely separate business from The Bongo Club. It was here first and thus it takes precedence at this time. Sorry, folks, but ‘them’s the breaks’, to quote an old favourite by hip hop legend Kurtis Blow.
This does mean that things are likely to get pretty bouncy around here, as we get geared up for our enforced leave of absence, not least at Messenger, far-and-away our longest running night (established in 1987 and running at the Bongo since 1996), which is on the final night before we close (Saturday 11th July). Here’s how their last dance before summer went off last year:
The next few weeks are also likely to be a lot of fun, as people make the most of the final parties of the season from our other residents: