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Hip Hop Karaoke

  

The UK’s original Hip Hop Karaoke is a true London and national fixture and for the last decade DJ Rob Pursey and host Bobby Champagne Jr. have helped thousands of people live out their rap fantasies!

With hundreds of songs to choose from, this is the public’s chance to experience what it’s like to feel real crowd energy as they take on the rhymes of their favourite rappers live on stage. Whether it’s old school gems from the 80s and 90s or the latest records from Drake, Nicki and Kendrick, Hip Hop Karaoke is the place to let go of all inhibitions and feel the exhilaration of smashing it live on stage! Hip Hop Karaoke is a euphoric, addictive experience and definitely something to cross off the bucket-list.

Every Thursday night at The Social, 5 Little Portland St 

£5 entry on the door.

I’m afraid we don’t do advance bookings or reservations on Thursday nights in the basement. Doors are 1830 and we suggest people head down early, grab a table and get involved!

SONG LIST!

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Sonic Sandwich

Tip top sandwiches and snacks from Burgerac and David Henckel

Monday to Friday at 5 Little Portland Street

Make or booking or just show up

Eat in or takeaway!

 

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Charity Super Bowl Party

After 7 sold out years – the Super Bowl returns to The Social!

It’s not a complicated formula. We put up a few huge screens, we get in a load of quality booze, serve up sandwich specials like you wouldn’t believe and play some awesome tunes before kick off.

It may not be complicated – but it works pretty darn well. Every single ticket we’ve ever made available has sold. Every one.

Oh – and let’s talk charity. We’ve raised over £13,000 for charity. We’re aiming for £2k + this year alone. It’ll all go to SCI – a charity that protects vulnerable people in Africa from a horrible disease called Schistosomiasis. The good news is they can protect a child fora year for just 33p. Your £9 ticket will protect 27 people. Together we can protect over 6,000 people.

So yeah – it’s good for you and it’s good for them. Come on down.

TICKETS

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Introducing . . Greensleeves!

We are truly honoured to announce the launch of the official Greensleeves Records club night. Brought to you by The London Intl Ska Festival and celebrating 40 years of this legendary reggae label.

The first Saturday of every month from 7th January ’17!

Free entry for all! At The Social, London W1.

From Alimantado to Alborosie for forty years Greensleeves Records has stayed on top of the game in presenting the very best in reggae music. Through the dancehall dominance of ‘Junjo’ Lawes, King Jammy & Gussie Clarke to the outernational success of Barrington Levy, Eek-a-Mouse, Yellowman, Freddie McGregor, Gregory Isaacs, Shaggy, Beanie Man and Mr.Vegas to name but few, Greensleeves has been the mark of quality in reggae music.

Now teaming up with the world-famous London Intl Ska Festival, Greensleeves Records official club night hits London’s westend on the first Saturday of every month with the January launch featuring guest DJs Ras Digby (Sir Jesus) and host Mistah Brown (Tighten Up).

Step it down the Social for the Greensleeves Disco 45 night every month as we celebrate four decades in the business of being the business!

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New Year, New Faber Social

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We’re excited to announce our first Faber Social for 2017, taking place on February 8th at our spiritual home The Social, 5 Little Portland Street.

GO AHEAD AND DROP the BOMB is the name of a mythical post-punk fanzine that features in the writer/rock critic David Keenan’s forthcoming novel This Is Memorial Device (published by Faber on February 2nd. Pre-order here). The book is a fictional oral history of a local scene that never existed in Airdrie in the west coast of Scotland in the late 70s/early 80s, consisting of eyewitness accounts of the passion, madness, successes and failures of a bunch of serious-as-your-life musicians and artists who outdo even their own heroes in terms of visionary excess. After all, it isn’t easy being Iggy Pop in a small town in Scotland.

Performing on the night we have:

Bruce Russell (The Dead C et al – Live solo set)
Bruce Russell is the peerless New Zealand experimental musician and writer, best know as founding member of Experimental rock heroes The Dead C, alongside Michael Morley and Robbie Yeats. We’re lucky to have Bruce join us to play an extremely rare solo set on an equally rare trip to the UK. We highly recommend the documentary about Bruce ’27 minutes with Mr. Noisy’ which can be seen here.

‘The Dead C might just be the best rock act currently active’ – The Quietus

Richard Youngs (live Chinese Moon tribute)
Legendary UK-based folk spirit and underground hero Richard Youngs presents a tribute to one of the mythic constellations in the This Is Memorial Device universe, Airdrie’s Chinese Moon, with an ambitious restaging of the all-night tape loop performances that took place in a shop front in Shettleston in 1983. Metal Machine Music-styled Fripp & Eno sorcery meets Terror of the Autons in a total immersion environment.

‘His music has a rare ability to communicate lucidly from the heart’ – Red Bull Music Acadamy

David Keenan (reading from ‘This Is Memorial Device‘)
This Is Memorial Device, the debut novel by David Keenan, is a love letter to the small towns of Lanarkshire in the west of Scotland in the late 1970s and early 80s as they were temporarily transformed by the endless possibilities that came out of the freefall from punk rock. David Keenan is the author of England’s Hidden Reverse: A Secret History of the Esoteric Underground and a senior critic at The Wire.

‘It captures the terrific, obsessive, ludicrous pomposity of every music fans youth in an utterly definitive way’ – Irvine Welsh

Michael Pedersen (Neu! Reekie! / Poetry)

Co-Founder and Artistic Director of Neu! Reekie!, Michael Pedersen is a Robert Louis Stevenson Fellowship winner; a John Mathers Trust Rising Star of Literature Award winner; a Canongate Future 40; a Callum McDonald Memorial award finalist; and many more things, with fans ranging from Irvine Welsh and Liz Lochhead to Stephen Fry and Young Fathers. Michael has written short plays for National Theatre of Scotland (FMT) and Edinburgh Art Festival, pop songs for the band Jesus, Baby! and is currently working on a feature film screenplay.

‘Scotland’s favourite avant-garde noisemakers…Neu! Reekie! dismantle the structures and snobberies dividing high and low art – art is for everyone.’ – The Skinny

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DJ Andrew Weatherall
The Guv’nor

TICKETS

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The Social Christmas Market 2016

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Our annual Christmas Market is back with us and our friends at Caught by the River hosting two afternoons of Christmas shopping, music, eating, talks and readings, bands, a festive quiz and drinking.

Stalls from Caught by the River, Trojan, Borough Wines, Beers and Books, Heavenly, Pete Fowler, The Empress and Andrews of Arcadia, Frances Castle, S Pearce Designs, Suna Sox and more!

We’ll be joined by lots of old friends selling amazing books, fanzines, badges, records, artwork, tshirts, fine wine and bottles of spirits, the best Christmas socks and lots of other gifts . .

Saturday 10 + 17 Dec

Midday-5.30pm

Free entry all day

More info to follow!

FACEBOOK EVENT

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New Exhibition: H.Y.T presents Pass The Hot Sauce

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Very happy to announce a brand new collection of paintings from H.Y.T studio exhibiting in The Social. Join us for the private view on Thursday 10th Nov.

Website: www.hytstudio.com

Instagram: @hytstudio

Tumblr: hytstudio.tumblr.com

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Festive Meal Deal

Book your party at The Social now by dropping Carl an email here

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HEAVENLY NYE!! SOLD OUT

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SOLD OUT

NO TICKETS ON THE DOOR

This New Year’s Eve the Heavenly Jukebox and friends invite you to their central London Fitzrovian house party.

. . house band and very special guests for the evening, The Parrots, will fly in from Madrid especially for the event! 

Signed to Heavenly Recordings over a pool table in Austin (Texas), The Parrots are the world’s greatest three-piece party band and have this year played across Europe, the US and Central America – packed nights at the The Victoria and countless chelada-fuelled lunchtime showcases at SXSW, raucous gigs of elemental garage noise, feel-good ferocity and many, many stage invasions . . or vice versa.

SOLD OUT

NO TICKETS ON THE DOOR

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Live support comes from Yassassin whose no filler, all killer formula is dynamically bulletproof. Inspired by a combined love of Le Tigre, PJ Harvey and The Breeders, Yassassin pride themselves on making energetic dance-on-the-table indie rock ‘n’ roll. Melodic, catchy pop perfection is personified through ramblingly loud guitars, trembling bass lines and drums that barge their way into your bones with or without your permission.  

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DJs on the night will be scattered over both floors and will include Miqui Brightside from Madrid flying in with his Parrot pals, home owners the Heavenly Jukebox playing sets up and down and lot lots more. 

. . Join us for a very Heavenly NYE

SOLD OUT

NO TICKETS ON THE DOOR

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Vesuvio Halloween Carnival with Jus Now + Hipsters Don’t Dance

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We are very excited to announce Vesuvio’s very first takeover on Friday 28th Oct

JUS NOW & HIPSTER’S DON’T DANCE play our Halloween Carnival!

FREE ENTRY ALL NIGHT

>>> BOOK A TABLE FOR FREE <<<

Dress code: Halloween costumes, carnival outfits or come as you are.

JUS NOW

We are honoured to be joined by JUS NOW having been big fans since they tore up the stage at The Stonebridge at Glastonbury a few years ago. Hailing from Trinidad and the UK, they’re bringing their bacchanal bassy vibes to the Social basement.

FADER MIX: http://www.thefader.com/2014/06/03/fader-mix-jus-now
SOUNDCLOUD: https://soundcloud.com/jusnow

>>> BOOK A TABLE FOR FREE <<<

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Vesuvio is the Friday night party in W1 that says no to stushness, no to sharing bottles of Ciroc and no to posing with a Rolex for the ‘Gram. We don’t care what you wear, we don’t care where you’re from, we just care that you’re having a good time. Reliable like a German whip, we’re here every Friday night until 1am to get you moving.

The upstairs bar is the best way to ease your way into the weekend with resident DJs playing blues, reggae, disco, funk, soul and rare groove. With an array of craft beers in the fridge (and a couple on draft), expertly made cocktails, delicious burgers and an intimate vibe, it’s the perfect spot to bring a date or bring a mate.

Downstairs, the basement club plays the best in hip hop, r’n’b, dancehall and afrobeats. On the last Friday of each month, we invite a special guest DJ whose sole intention is to keep the basement shaking. In addition to monthly special guests, our friends behind some of London’s biggest and baddest parties are primed for surprise basement takeovers. Bring the squad, it’s #basementseason.

Resident DJs:

Zane (eclectic, cool, unflappable dancing facilitator)
Becca (warm-up wonderwoman armed with a lethal bag of afropop)
Tom Caslin (the basement’s resident king cutmaster)
Heavenly Jukebox (DJ arm of Heavenly Records)

No guestlist, no screwfaces and get your back up off that wall. Email carl@thesocial.com to reserve a booth upstairs or downstairs for free.

>>> BOOK A TABLE FOR FREE <<<

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