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Song Reader Exhibition

Song Reader Exhibition

Song Reader by Beck Hansen is a unique collection of 20 new songs released as a compilation of sheet music, published by Faber and Faber in December 2012. We’re delighted to be exclusively exhibiting some of the fantastic artwork from the album on our walls throughout December.

‘After releasing an album in the mid-1990s, I was sent a copy of the sheet-music version by a publisher who had commissioned piano transcriptions and guitar- chord charts of everything on the original recording. Seeing the record’s sonic ideas distilled down to notation made it obvious that the songs weren’t intended to work that way. Reversing the process and putting together a collection of songs in book form seemed more natural – it would be an album that could only be heard by playing the songs . . .

. . . As for these songs, they’re here to be brought to life – or at least to remind us that, not so long ago, a song was only a piece of paper until it was played by someone. Anyone. Even you.’

Beck Hansen

Find out more about Song Reader

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December Saturdays


The Social is open from midday to 3am with the famous and unmissable Christmas Market during the day then DJs playing the best funk, disco, psych, soul, house, boogie and other good records.

Saturday 1st Dec – The very first Christmas Market of the year from midday. In the evening downstairs is closed for a private party but upstairs The Social and Heavenly DJs will be playing until 1am.

Saturday 8th Dec – The Social is open for the Christmas Market from midday but then closed for a private party in the evening.

Saturday 15th Dec – More Market business from midday and the Noise of Art Christmas Party over both floors from 7pm.

Saturday 22nd Dec – Your last chance to check out our Market this year and then we’ll be having a pre Christmas break drink until 3am with Launette (NTS) who’ll be joined by guests Neal Birnie & James Cronshaw (Sounds of the universe) playing Soul, Disco, Rare Groove & Boogie.

More about the Christmas Market


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Arcadia Meets Social Uptown

To coincide with The Social Christmas Market our good friend John Andrews will be installing ‘Andrews of Arcadia meets The Social Uptown – A Takeaway Exhibition of Vintage Angling Ephemera and Occasional Artworks For the Soul’ on the walls and in the alcoves of The Social at 5 Little Portland Street in the district of London known as W1.

In addition to framed Abu art, including a rare piece by Anders Osterlin of Arbman and a pair of 19th Century Red Deer Antlers by Adsetts of Derby, the bar will be festooned with very special Arcadian beermats produced by the artist and man of ink Martin Clark of Tilley Printing.

Each piece in the exhibition, which will run through December into the heart of midwinter, will be for sale for immediate takeaway or later delivery/collection by arrangement.  A pricelist will be available behind the bar and all further enquiries should be directed to me on field telephone 07890 274 383.


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The Line Of Best Fit, Double Denim Records, Rockfeedback & Transgressive Records join forces this New Year’s Eve and take over The Social for a very special night of live music, surprise guest DJs, booze, shenanigans and all round good clean vibes.

The full line-up is set to be revealed over the coming weeks and will feature some of our nearest and dearest friends and allies in an all night freak out over both floors of The Social in Central London.

Tickets just £15 each. Open 8pm – 3am.


UPSTAIRS BAR – hosted by Transgressive Records & Rockfeedback


Theme Park DJs 
Transgressive DJs 
paraDyse DJs
+ Many more TBA

DOWNSTAIRS BAR – hosted by The Line Of Best Fit & Double Denim


Wolf Alice 


Very Special Surprise Guest TBA 
Double Denim Records 
The Line Of Best Fit 
+ Many more TBA


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In Light of Aquarius

Saturday 24th November



Richie Deeney (The Toes) + Ben Ayres (Cornershop)

In Light Of Aquarius play a rolling treasure trove of old Rhythm and Blues, rocking roots, southern soul, garage, frat beat and psych madness.  In Light Of Aquarius run a monthly night called ‘Wang Dang Doodle’ in London and have DJed for the likes of The Fall, The Vaselines, Warpaint, The Strokes, The Libertines, Franz plus many others

Doors 6pm-1am, free before 9pm / £5

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The Social Christmas Market

The Social’s Unmissable Christmas Market Is Back! 

The Social’s Famous Christmas Market returns to the district of London known as the West End and in particular to Little Portland Street on Saturday 1st December 2012 and for each Saturday thereafter until Christmas.The market will happen in the upstairs wood panelled bar at The Social and stalling out for your delight each week will be the essential arts and culture website Caught by the River and their spectacular shop filled with books, maps, badges, records as well as exclusives from their cupboard, all the way from Spitalfields vintage fishing tackle dealer for the soul Andrews of Arcadia with selected post-war angling clothing, luggage & letterpress Christmas cards alongside designer/maker The Empress with her new flock of beaded birds, sequinned brooches and designer jewellery.  Joining us in the kitchen at the market every Saturday will be Felix & Pi who are heading into the warm after the summer running their kitchen in the allotment . .

Each week our residents will joined by two very special guest stalls to be announced over the next few weeks, but be assured you can expect and iron your five pound notes in anticipation of authors, books and signings from the Faber stable, limited editions t-shirts by Millionhands, raw chocolate by Laura Coxeter, exclusive designs jewellry by Central St. Martins and others . .

The doors will be open between 12pm and 5.30pm, entry is free and with a fully stocked bar including a special Social Christmas ale on tap, our homemade mulled wine, hot cider, Mary’s bloody and otherwise, hearty food, impromptu DJ sets, outbreaks of festivity, we invite you to come down our chimney where a very warm welcome is guaranteed. 

Email carl@thesocial.com for more info or press enquiries

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Mobile Library

Wednesday 31st October and always the last Wednesday of the month in the upstairs bar . . 

A monthly night of Soundtracks, Library Music and Adult Exotica; ideal tunes for setting the world to rights in a booth.

Mobile Library Top 5

5 – Brian Bennett – Chase Side Shoot Up – More famously known as the theme tune from BBC Golf Highlights. “Play the Golf one,” is a familiar shout at the Mobile Library. So I always do. 

4 – Stefano Liberati – Shark Jazz – If a tune was called “Shark Jazz” and wasn’t any good it would be a massive disappointment. Fortunately this as awesome as a tune involving Sharks on an Italian Soundtrack album should be.

3 – Sven Libaek – Dark World – The Xylophone solo about halfway through confirms this as true elevator music and interestingly from Australia. 

2 – Claudja Barry – Love For The Sake Of Love – Claudja Barry was in Boney M, a staggering fact considering how excellent this solo disco ballad is.

1 – Moondog – Bird’s Lament – As borrowed by Mr Scruff, recorded in 1969 by New York Street musician Moondog who dressed like a Viking and invented percussion instruments.  A more interesting career path than the majority of us. 

A special Mobile Library mix can be streamed/ downloaded from The Mobile Library Volume 1

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Faber News

Faber Social 

We have two installments in November . .

Monday 5th November

Celebrating the anniversary of Guy Fawkes’ failed plot, the Faber Social is proud to present an evening of dissent, featuring readings from hugely influential writer James Kelman, author of the Booker-winning novel How Late It Was, How Late; novelist Ali Smith, author of The Accidental and There But For The…, and Stewart Home, artist, filmmaker, writer and activist.

Topped with a dj set from Dorian Lynskey, journalist and author of 33 Revolutions per Minute, please join us for an evening of words, ideas and music.

Monday 12th November 

Faber Social joins forces with MAN Booker to bring you readings from four distinguished alumni of the prize. Sarah Hall, shortlisted in 2004 for her novel The Electric Michelangelo and longlisted for How to Paint a Dead Man half a decade later will join Adam Foulds, the acclaimed young poet and winner of the Sunday Times Young Writer of the Year, whose own novel, The Quickening Maze, was shortlisted in 2009, The line-up is completed by Deborah Levy, the writer to have most recently experienced the agony and ecstasy of a Booker shortlisting just last month for Swimming Home, and MJ Hyland, whose novel Carry Me Down, was nominated for the prize in 2006. Join us and these four 21st century stars of the novel form from 7pm.

Tickets £5 in advance via faberandfaber.eventbrite.com

In November, Julian Cope’s epic COPENDIUM: An Expedition into the Rock n Roll Underwerld, will hit the shops. From Lord Buckley to Sleep, from Blue Cheer to The New Lou Reeds, in just shy of 800 pages COPENDIUM challenges all the rock n roll orthodoxies you have come to accept and indulge. 

To mark this publication, Faber Social is taking Copendium on tour for three unforgettable evenings of entertainment put together and hosted by Julian himself. For details of gigs in Glasgow, Manchester and London on consecutive nights, click on the attached link to Julian’s Head Heritage site.

Email carl@thesocial.com to enter the prize draw for a chance to win a copy of the Copendium!


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Bond Girl

Check out this shoot of New Bond Girl, Bérénice Marlohe taken by the fantastic Jeff Hahn recently . . 

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Halloween Bashment

Hot Wuk Wednesdays is the weekly bashment dance spot, The Heatwave’s bashment headquarters.

What is bashment? Bashment is the ultra hype sound of modern Jamaican music: the excitement of rewinds, incredible dancing, the rammed dance floor and amazing vibe of a Caribbean rave.

The Heatwave’s midweek party turns The Social basement into a mini Notting Hill Carnival. Get rum drunk and collect your free whistle and horn, you might see the most incredibly acrobatic dance move or hear the wickedest MC jumping on the mic. One thing is certain: the vibe will be INSANE. 100% smiling, 100% dancing, 100% big tunes.

Every Wednesday we rave like it’s a Saturday!


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