DJ Jon Bongly

Jon Bongly


Jon is a master of rhythm! He started playing drums 50 years ago! He has years of experience performing as a walkabout drummer and in numerous bands playing Rhythm & Blues, Jazz, African, and Latin styles. Jon plays kit, Latin congas, and African djembe.


One of the early pioneers of electro swing, retro remix and world beats in the UK, Jon is a force of positive energy, spinning remixed beats including swing, funk, soul, ska, UK Garage and assorted electronica. He also likes pulsing techno and wriggling tropical beats.

In 2023 Jon played at Small World Spring and Summer festivals, Bimble Bandada, Wider Horizons Imbolc and Summer gatherings. During the last few years Jon has played at Glastonbury, the Isle Of Wight Festival, Latitude, YNot, Give! and Sundown festivals, Big Love Festival in Wales, Small World Spring and Summer Festivals, Give!, Friarstock, and has continued his residency at The Magic Garden in Battersea.

He has performed regularly at Boomtown, Womad, Glastonbury, Secret Garden Party, Istanbul Jazz Festival, Artisti in Piazza and Django Festivals in Pennabilli, Italy, and Cloud Cuckoo Land, as well as Festival Number 6, Glade, Strawberry Fair, Harlequin Fayre, with numerous appearances at the London Remixed Festival. He has supported Parov Stelar at a sold-out gig at the Forum in Kentish Town, London, and travelled regularly to the famous Babylon Club in Istanbul to perform marathon Friday night sets. He supported French act ‘Zaz’ in KüçükÇiftlik Park, Istanbul, performing before a crowd of about 8,000.

He has played alongside: Parov Stelar * The Correspondents * Dirty Honkers * Swing Republic * Sweet Life Society * Gypsy Hill * Bart & Baker * DJ Chris Tofu * Kormac * Grant Lazlo * Dutty Moonshine * Phil Mac * Jamie Berry * Electric Swing Circus * Kid Kasino & Shea Soul * Odjbox * World’s Tallest DJ * C@ In The H@ * Big Swing Soundsystem * Elle & The Pocket Belles + Mista Trick * Jamie Berry * Ecklectic Mick * The Chicken Brothers * Smerins Anti-Social Club * The Egg * DJ Switch * Will & the People * Mr B The Gentleman Rhymer * John Fairhurst * The Turbans * Duncan Disorderly & the Scallywags * Sashi & the Wildbeans * Too Many Ts.

He was a seasoned regular behind the decks at the legendary Electro Swing Club in London, as well as having a thirteen-year residency at The Magic Garden in Battersea, and has run regular nights ‘Secret Swing’ and ‘Swing Loaded’.

Jon Bongly – Drumming for All Levels

This workshop is aimed at (but not exclusively for) beginners. Jon will be sharing a method for listening to and understanding rhythm, using a simple technique to create patterns that fit within and complement other rhythmic patterns. Experience the joy of rhythm.

Jon Bongly DJ set

Jon Bongly is a force of positive energy spinning original and remixed beats including funk, soul, blues, ska, UK garage and assorted electronica. One of the pioneers of electro swing, retro remix and world beats in the UK, he also likes pulsing techno and wriggling tropical beats Good for a wiggle ;)

DJ testimonials:

rickthirteen commented on J. Bongly closing set at Womad: “was there…! danced socks off…..Mr Bongly is the most intuitive DJ ever….these amazing tunes just flow…..if you get the chance to go to a Bingly Bongly night…..GO!!!!!” ”

“that music was electro bass disco heaven! Thank you!”

Dear Jon, You made six 40 year old men very happy with the tunes – brilliant beats. THANKS A MILLION! – Ben and the crew.

Hey Jon. I so loved your Sunday set (Glastonbury), The music and dance-floor vibe was what I had been longing for all festival… Had a proper boogie. Thanks. – Dee Dean, at Glade Lounge, Glastonbury Festival

“I would like to say how great it was to work with a DJ who so perfectly understood our requirements for an event that needed quite a specialist soundtrack. The music that he provided was totally in line with our objectives and ensured that the atmosphere throughout the evening was always perfectly pitched.” Sarah Cousins, Boutique Creative for Bacardi