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: