Edinburgh's Bongo Club eviction threat
The venue's lease to be terminated early by landlords Edinburgh Uni
Out of the Blue, the charity organisation that runs Edinburgh venue The Bongo Club, has been served eviction papers by the venue's landlord, Edinburgh University. A statement on the Bongo Club's website said:
'This notice terminates the lease a whole year in advance of the previously agreed period.
To end the lease at this point jeopardises the work that has established Out Of The Blue and The Bongo Club as vital Edinburgh institutions whose value is recognised and supported by The Scottish Government, Edinburgh City Council, Creative Scotland and many other partners. To highlight the relationship with the University; of the 67,795 audience members who attended the Bongo Club in 2011, at least 20,000 were Edinburgh University students.'
The Bongo Club has occupied the space at Moray House since 2003, but has been active in other venues in Edinburgh since 1996. As well as a club and gig venue, it also acts as a Fringe venue during August. Guests who have performed there in the past include Vampire Weekend, Adam Buxton, Aphex Twin, Basement Jaxx, DJ Yoda, The Skatalites and Mark Thomas.
The news follows the recent announcement that Cabaret Voltaire will be closed from Mon 20 February for refurbishment by owners G1 Group. The move is a latest in a series of belt-tightening manouvres from Edinburgh University, who have already dropped several arts spaces over the past year (including the Roxy Art House and the Forest Cafe).
Read our opinion on both the Cabaret Voltaire and Bongo Club closures in the next issue of The List, out Wed 29 Feb.