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Why Is Bongo Closing For Summer (16th July – 31st August) And Where Will I Go Out?

03 July 2023 -

Holidays (700 px)

As happens every year at this time, Bongo will be closing its doors to make way for the Underbelly to take over the lease of the building for the annual Edinburgh Fringe Festival.

We do not make any money from this arrangement.  It’s due to a quirk of our lease with the landlord (Edinburgh City Council).

Bongo’s resident promoters will be running/appearing at the following events during our July/August break:


Midnight Bass
Weekly Tuesdays at Cabaret Voltaire.

Weekly Fridays at The Mash House throughout August.

w/Sunil Sharpe at The Mash House, Saturday 29th July – Tickets
Pulse x Jackhammer w/The Advent at La Belle Angele, Saturday 5th August – Tickets
w/Slam at The Mash House, Saturday 26th August – Instagram for more info as announced

Disco Makossa
w/Optimistic Soul (Africa Is Now), Friday 18th August – Tickets

Messenger Sound System
w/Mungo’s Hi Fi, Levi Roots & Afrikan Simba, Sat 29th July at Summerhall – Tickets
w/Hometown Hi Fi, Sat 26th August at Summerhall – Instagram for more info as announced

Mumbo Jumbo
Wendy, Steve & Mairi B at Mug Stock, Friday 4th August

Mini-Mumbo at The Street, Saturday 19th August 10pm-5am (FREE EVENT)


The Baron Nonesutch LIVE at St Margaret’s House (Art Opening), 7pm, Thurs 10th Aug

Here’s a quick rundown of our Summer Closing Parties 2023:

Friday 30th June: Jackhammer presents I Love Acid w/Luke Vibert, Nightwave and Posthuman, playing acid house and techno.

Saturday 1st July: Messenger Sound System’s Sweet Sounds For The King (Ras Tafari Birthday celebration), playing dub reggae.

Tuesday 4th: Midnight Bass w/Clean Up Crew, 170Lex, JI2001, Kay Dee, Dav, Lara Sinclair, playing drum n bass.

Friday 7th: Truth Hz International DJ Federation w/Elanda, Camoufly, Arthi,
Comrade Massie plus WIZE & MoreNight, SWATT TEAM, Volens Chorus upstairs, all playing club and bass music from across the spectrum.

Saturday 8th: Mumbo Jumbo w/Trendy Wendy, Steve Austin, Mairi B, playing house music and disco plus YBZ Collective upstairs, playing garage, techno, dnb, grime, dub & rave.

Tuesday 11th: Midnight Bass w/ M.O.B (3000 Bass, DnB Lab, 4040 Records), miira,
Hobbes [Hardcore & Jungle Vinyl Set], Harry Jackson (Disorder Edinburgh), playing drum n bass and jungle plus a Club_Nacht Takeover upstairs, playign house music and disco. 

Thursday 13th: Nektar (Charity Event) w/Sadovski (EMS), Katelate (Femmergy, Principle 8)
Item9 (Half Past Now), Evska (EMS, Rave for Ukraine), showcasing techno and bass music by leading queer and Eastern European producers.

Friday 14th: Overground w/Lucky Dip and Wrisk plus guests TBA for a night of hardcore, grime, garage, jungle, club and much more.

Saturday 15th: Tais-toi w/Norwegian techno-trance newcomer MRD, who promotes debut album, Løvehjerte with his unique blend of fast-paced, melodic techno and atmospheric sounds, taking inspiration from the 80s & 90s.”


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Messenger Sound System ft. MC Ista host our Windrush Day Party, Sat 22nd June

07 June 2019 -

Celebrating the music, people and culture brought to these shores from the Caribbean.

Stevie Messenger has been wanting to do a ska and rocksteady night for years, so when we realised that Sat 22nd June is Windrush Day, it seemed like the perfect opportunity!

Messenger Sound System feat. MC Ista Lion

Playing ska and rocksteady from the vaults of Studio 1 and Treasure Isle, the sounds of young Jamaica!  There should even be some calypso early doors as well.

NB This is not a ‘Messenger night’ exactly and the music will be quite different from the usual dub reggae programme at Messenger.

Also, a percentage of the profits will be donated to the Windrush Justice Fund.

Easy skanking.


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Messenger Sound System Re-opening Night Party at Bongo this Sat 1st Sept!

31 August 2018 -

It’s been a long, hot summer…  Have you missed us?  Come show the Bongo dance floor some love!

High Grade Sound System Experience
Original Roots Advertiser since ’87…

Conscious Reggae Muzik / Dubwize.
Full Custom Built Sound System.
Good vibes/ heavy duty bass line…

Room 2 – Sound System Legacies with DJ Skillis and crew playing jungle, dub, garage, dubstep.

2 Floors of music – Don’t miss!
Powered by Messenger Sound System.


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Not long to go until we re-open: Sat 3rd Sept!

23 August 2016 -


The countdown has begun for our Autumn re-opening party!  As usual, Edinburgh’s original Roots and Dub lion, Messenger Sound System (est. ‘87) will be here doing this, in a rub-a-dub style, on Saturday 3rd September.

Messenger is proud to present legendary Roots artist Sister Rasheda, Queen of Dub (from the Jah Shaka, Rockers International & Disciples labels), singing anthems like  Hear My Cry, Hail H.I.M , Shahamane I for a night of Roots and Culture – Lioness Style!!!   All Roots Daughters gather round. Blessings.


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