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).
Headset tickets have been flying out the door since the event was announced in November and there are only fifty remaining tickets to be had now (4.30pm, 29.12.17), so don’t hang around if you’re keen to come to the Bongo for NYE.
The event features headliner Hodge (from Bristol) plus local star Telfort, with a veritable smorgasbord of local DJ support.
In short, this will be another great Hogmanay party at the Bongo, with everyone welcome!
Headset’s first guest booking is the original UK Garage legend Noodles (Groove Chronicles). After a series of successful residents parties in their first year, they start off 2016 with a UK Garage Special, headlined by original don Noodles (one half of Groove Chronicles). A big player in the scene for 2 decades, Noodles brings nothing but bass and grooves to the dance floor. Support comes from local garage producer Guised and Witness (Sneaky Pete’s) residents Skillis, Fault Lines & Squelchy.
Having recently left the hustle and bustle of London in search for a slightly less hectic atmosphere, it is clear when speaking to Steven Jude aka Noodles that music is still his number one priority. Finally getting the vast majority of his record collection out of storage and beginning to get back in the studio.
Ever since playing at one of the original raves in Paris at the tender age of 17, you only need hear him play for a matter of minutes to know that his attitude to music is fundamentally the same and that his objective is to make people dance. His history working in record stores and selling vinyl records has given him the opportunity to get years of valuable face-to-face feedback on the music from the then thriving community that was listening to it.
Adamant that “those who try to be trendy out-trend themselves” he has consistently tried using his label DPR to release the music he loves. With releases dating back to 1997 it was the first outlet for his seminal Groove Chronicles project where began to push his unique hybrid sound. With tracks such as “Angel Body”, “Stone Cold” and “Black Puppet” still in heavy rotation many credit the project as one of the key foundations that musical movements such as 2step/dubstep and grime were built upon. (Written by Misbah Anjum-James)
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:
A brand new night featuring some of the most exciting DJs on the Edinburgh club circuit: Ross Addy & Paranoise (Witness), Skanky B (Coalition), Skillis (Big n Bashy), plus old skool hip hop jams upstairs from Brother Most Righteous and Surfin Bear.