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Belle & Sebastian Aftershow at The Social

Monday 11th and Tuesday 12th May from 23:00

Girls, boys, everybody, your all invited for some Peacetime Dancing! With Belle and Sebastian sell out Central Hall shows and the critical acclaim surrounding their new album, Postcards proudly presents two special Aftershow events. DJ Sets from the Belles very own Chris Geddes and Richard Colburn, along with Postcards Craig Jamieson.

Very limited tickets for each night are available now:



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Gwenno Live At The Social

Gwenno Publicity photo

Wednesday 20th May





Gwenno Saunders is a sound artist, DJ, radio presenter and singer from Cardiff.

From 2005-2010 Gwenno was a writer and performer as a member of Brighton-based conceptual pop band The Pipettes and more recently, a member of durational performance sound art collective Canolfan Hamdden (Leisure Centre) alongside Y Pencadlys, Rhys Edwards and Pat Morgan of Datblygu.. She is a native Welsh and Cornish speaker and it’s this along with co-producing and co-hosting Welsh language show Cam o’r Tywyllwch (A Step Away From The Darkness) with Peski for Radio Cardiff and more recently, Resonance FM, that has led her to create music that translates her internationalist influences into layered, home-fi keyboard sounds wrapped in echoed vocals and musique concrète-inspired beats.

She released her Ymbelydredd EP in 2012 to critical acclaim, and more recently her debut album Y Dydd Olaf (The Last Day) initially as a (now sold-out) limited release on Peski Records and now as a worldwide release on Heavenly Recordings.


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New Exhibition: Lundy, Rockall, Dogger, Fair Isle


An exhibition by the Brighton based illustrator Anthony Atkinson of artwork created for the book of the same name published by Ebury Press, May 2015.

A celebration of the magical islands that surround Britain, the book is a collaboration with the writer Mathew Clayton. Anthony’s work has appeared on record, magazine and book covers. He also creates his own landscape prints and graphic short stories. You can find more of his work at bigaband.com or via Instagram @bigaband.

Launch party on Tuesday 12th May from 6pm

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Election Section – All Nighter!


An all night election party in the upstairs bar of The Social – Thursday 7th May from 23:00

Full TV coverage on the big screen and Bowers and Wilkins sound system as the results start to come in from 11pm through to early morning . .

It’s election night. You’re at your wits end waiting for the results. You’ve got a playlist of a handful of Billy Bragg, early Morrissey b-sides and a few Redskins numbers and you’re half cut on cheap lager you’ve found at the back of the fridge. You are close to crying as South Thanet is about to be called. You’re thinking THERE HAS TO BE ANOTHER WAY. And there is. Do all of the above in the comfort of the upstairs of The Social with a bunch of mad heads who are all up for staying up ’til dawn watching the whole thing and doing a load of shouting. YOU KNOW IT MAKES IMMENSE SENSE.

Drinks specials all night, constituency based drinking fun AND a free bacon sandwich* and cup of tea for all ticket holders!

Only 50 tickets available.

*veggie option available



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Faber Social: Original Rockers



‘Mwng’ by Super Furry Animals (Playback on the new Bowers and Wilkins sound system)

Gruff Rhys (In Conversation)

Richard King (In Conversation / DJ Set)

Jane Weaver (DJ Set)

+ Pete Paphides

Original Rockers by Richard King is published on 11 May, and we’re happy to announce that it’s Rough Trade’s Book of the Month.


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Easter Social


Easter weekend approaches and that means the return of our traditional LATE NIGHT HIP HOP KARAOKE special

BUT that’s not all . .


Thursday 2nd April


A highlight of The Social year – THE party to kick start the Easter weekend in W1

6pm-late – £5 on the door


Friday 3rd April


Mat Flint on basement takeover tonight and it’s also his birthday party!

6pm-late – Free entry


Saturday 4th April


Thank the smooth lord Jesus its a long weekend, so pop on your sailor’s hat and join us for the traditional Club Yacht Rock Easter party with the best smooth music in the world

6pm-late – Free entry


Sunday 5th April


A special bank holiday party with SOLSINE and friends









7pm-late – Free entry

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The Bohicas – April Residency


The Bohicas’ Social residency starts in April!

New Domino signing The Bohicas will be playing 4 shows in 4 weeks at The Deep Hum night with 4 great supports who have just been announced, including Eugene Mcguinness on the opening night! Tickets are on sale now for a fiver


Supports acts announced now!

Eugene McGuinness (8/4)

Saint Agnes (15/4)

Crushed Beaks (22/4)

Hyena (29/4)


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“To Die For is a swaggering stomp of a song… channelling Marc Bolan, Led Zeppelin and Arctic Monkeys to riveting effect.” – The Sunday Times

“…a buzzing, hip-shaking slice of rock’n’roll that’s so cool it could freeze the Equator.” – NME

“The Bohicas are a tough-as-a-nut guitar force… Ultimately exciting rock ’n’ roll.” – DIY

“Full of slash and burn dynamics.” – Daily Mirror

Ones To Watch for 2015 – Daily Star

4 Wednesdays in a row with support and special guests DJs at our weekly Wednesday night party, The Deep Hum


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HVN300 – A Heavenly Weekend In Hebden Bridge


HVN300 – A Heavenly Weekend In Hebden Bridge

Photographs by Neil Thomson 

The Heavenly family travelled to Hebden Bridge, West Yorkshire between 22nd and 25th January 2015 to start the celebrations of Heavenly’s 25th year. Photographer Neil Thomson was there with us for the duration 

In 1965, Greenwich Village four-piece the Lovin’ Spoonful released their debut. Just over two minutes long, the 45 is one of pop music’s most perfect realistations; a glorious paean to the unyielding power of great music (whatever its stripe) that posited one of life’s great questions.

Do You Believe In Magic?

Twenty-five years later a fledgling record label based in an office just to the left of central London put out their first single in the spring of 1990. The World According To Sly and Lovechild was an understated 12” a rumbling, hypnotic eastern dub that showcased the nascent production skills of Andrew Weatherall and marked the first release on Heavenly.

Heavenly was born from the endlessly optimistic sprawl that emerged at the end of acid house; a spirit that took the Spoonful’s playful query and turned it into a statement of intent. Genre-defiant from the outset, Heavenly went on to release music by Saint Etienne, Manic Street Preachers, Flowered Up and the Rockingbirds over the next eighteen months.

To those with little imagination, Heavenly’s release schedule – a confluence of futuristic Northern Soul, speedball punk, wild-eyed urban rock’n’roll and squat party country music – must have seemed too wilfully eclectic. To anyone who viewed music as an endless mixtape being compiled in real time or the soundtrack to the best house party ever crashed, it made perfect sense.


For two and a half decades, Heavenly has been an open invitation to bands, DJs, singers, songwriters, artists, writers, converts and non-believers; a melting pot of transcendent tunes and the very best ideas born over lost afternoons in the pub. For that time, it’s been an ever-growing group of friends and fellow travellers along similar pathways; it’s been records, club nights, bars, gigs, artworks, t-shirts and magazines.

And all the while it’s never lost sight of that initial question, one that’s as relevant twenty-five years into a label’s lifespan as it was fifty years ago when John Sebastian first asked it.

Heavenly. Believe in magic. Always. Do you? 

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Proper Sound!


The Social is proud and extremely excited to announce the introduction of Proper Sound – a partnership with Bowers & Wilkins, the UK’s very best manufacturers of audio equipment.

Proper Sound will be installed throughout the bar’s iconic upstairs room (in the form of six AM-1 speakers) and will provide crystal clear playback for the Heavenly Jukebox, the occasional DJ and for private events and record playbacks. It promises to hugely enhance the space and provide the kind of listening experience that the people behind the Social have always craved – glorious audio with a load of wallop and a well stocked bar.

Over the coming months, the Social and Bowers & Wilkins will unveil a series of events that will aim to put the Proper Sound system through its paces. Check The Social website for further information.

The upstairs bar is open every day from 11.30am for working, drinking, eating and meeting

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The Fix

The Fix_March 2015_

THE FIX (in association with BMI) returns in 2015 with a line-up of the best new bands. We’re back at The Social on Tuesday 3rd March (and then first Tuesday of every month after) with three fantastic new acts. And it’s FREE entry as always.

RIVRS – Their recent track ‘Last Love’ graced the super-hot French label Kitsuné’s ‘New Faces’ compilation, and they look set for a big summer with a sharp electro-pop sound.

LUCKY T JACKSON – One of the best new bands from Manchester, their soulful psychedelic rock will appeal to any Temples of Tame Impala fans.

YOUTH – Downtempo but completely uplifting r’n’b with a beautiful sound. Expect a stirring early set.

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