Dispute Threatens To Taint Bongo’s Bingo
A bitter ownership dispute is threatening the future existence of the popular Bongo’s Bingo brand. Bongo’s Bingo is a true Liverpool-based success story, and over the course of the last 4+ years, the brand has grown into one of the most profitable and popular entertainment brands in the UK and has even graduated cross-border to some of the world’s largest cities in terms of party-style Bingo nights; including cities like Sydney and also hot party destination Ibiza.
Bongo’s Bingo first started to host its branded nights at the Baltic Triangle-based venue Camp and Furnace. It offered a winning combination of Bingo, comedy and music, and was established in 2015. The involvement of Camp and Furnace is now proving to be the dynamite in the barrel; especially since the venue has started to advertise events under the Bongo’s Bingo brand name. Camp and Furnace (C&F) claims that it has the right to host events because of the fact that the C&F brand has always been the rightful “owners” of the brand, having financed, developed and invented the brand.
But organiser Shua Ltd. begs to differ and has threatened C&F with legal action.
Shua Distances Itself From C&F
Shua Ltd. issued a formal statement following a C&F advertisement offering tickets for sale to a series of Bongo’s Bingo events to be hosted by the brand in August. Shua Ltd. distanced itself from the events and said that neither host Jonny Bongo nor any of the Bongo-brand’s dancers will be present at the August events.
The statement went on to claim that Bongo’s Bingo was developed by Jonny Bongo himself together with friend and partner Arthur Burke, and that Camp and Furnace Ltd. had had no official association whatsoever with either Bongo (real name: Jonny Lacey) or Burke. Shua Ltd. described C&F’s attempt to sell tickets and entertainment under the banner of Bongo’s Bingo as “incredibly disappointing”.
Jonny Bongo: It’s A Head-Melter
Jonny Bongo has since issued a response of his own, basically repeating what was said in Shua Ltd.’s statement. Bongo said that what was being claimed by C&F was a bit of a “head melter” as he was, after all, the original Jonny Bongo himself.
He concluded his social media post by thanking fans for their unconditional support, and said that fans who “knew the script”; the true Bongo’s Bingo fans; could in future continue to rely on the standard of entertainment that they have become accustomed to.