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Damo and Andrew

Idle Fret Presents:


Damo Suzuki

Listing Ships


Andrew Weatherall

Luke Insect

Mark Raison (Monkey Picks)

Darren Brooker (Idle Fret)

Plus very special guests

Limited £7.50 Early Bird tickets are now SOLD OUT

 £10 advance tickets are available at www.wegottickets.com/idlefret

£12.50 on the door

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▲ Damo Suzuki

Damo Suzuki needs no introduction right? Right.

The Can legend will be performing a very special set for us with his band of sound carriers, featuring some very special guests!

 Listing Ships

Listing Ships are a nautically-themed, instrumental quartet who skilfully blend their ferocious wall of sound guitar histrionics with Holy Fuck influenced electronica and jazz rhythms.

They cite inspirations from classic krautrock like Can, Harmonia and Neu!, sample-heavy intricate electronica like Boards Of Canada, Amon Tobic, plus expansive, exploratory guitar music like Tarentel, The Alps and Collections Of Colonies Of Bees.

▲ Andrew Weatherall

The legend that is Andrew Weatherall needs no introduction either!

We are very honoured to have Andrew grace the record decks at this very special show. Expect to hear fantastic records of the highest order!

 Luke Insect

We are pleased to say that cult graphic designer and illustrator Luke Insect has designed the ace poster for this show and we can’t wait to hear some of his great record collection when he DJs on the night.

▲ Mark Raison (Monkey Picks)

Beatnik Modernist who rambles about records, books, films, art and stuff on his excellent Monkey Picks blog. Mark has one of the best record collections of anyone we know, so there will plenty of brilliant 45′s played on the night.








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Faber Social

Here’s what’s going on at the next three Faber Social events down the bar

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Faber Social and Rough Trade Shops Present Vinyl

2nd Apr 2013, 7:00 p.m.
The Social, 5 Little Portland Street, London W1

Ten years since the launch of iTunes, six years since the first UK Record Store Day, this April, in collaboration with Rough Trade Shops, Faber Social will be all about Vinyl.

Pete Paphides (BBC 6 Music’s Vinyl Revival) will spin some records and host some chat; Travis Elborough will take us on a trip through 60 years of recording history reading from his book The Long-Player Goodbye; a panel of industry experts including Jude Rogers and Spencer Hickman will wax lyrical about the life and love of vinyl; Simon Reynolds will be zipping in from LA to read from his new update of Energy Flash: A Journey Through Rave Music and Dance Culture; The Pogues founding member and accordion player James Fearnley will read from his story of the band’s life Here Comes Everybody (“It’s just how I imagine I’d remember it”- Shane MacGowan) and Workin’ Man Noise Unit will play a live set of tinnitus-inducing tantrum rock. Put the needle on the record.

Tickets £6 in advance / £8 on the door.

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Faber Social Presents Crime

7th May 2013, 7:00 p.m.
The Social, 5 Little Portland Street, London W1

In May Faber Social engages in some unlawfully bad behaviour to bring you an evening of music and literature from some of the best crime writers around.

Featuring new and bestselling fiction from multi-award-winning authors including Sophie Hannah (Kind of Cruel); SJ Watson (Before I Go To Sleep); RJ Ellory (A Simple Act of Violence), Stav Sherez (Eleven Days), Tom Benn (Chamber Music) and Russ Litten (Swear Down).

Tickets £5 in advance or £7 on the door.

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Faber Social Presents Power, Corruption & Lies

3rd Jun 2013, 7:00 p.m.
The Social, 5 Little Portland Street, London W1

Taking our lead from the title of the 1983 New Order album, June also marks 30 years since the start of the second Thatcher Ministry, so this month’s Faber Social is dedicated to Power, Corruption and Lies.

Speaking out against absolute power, corruption and lies is left-wing commentator, author (Chavs) and Independent columnist Owen Jones; saloniere and child of Thatcher Damian Barr will be reading from his powerful memoir Maggie & Me about the impact of growing up under Maggie’s controversial policies; followed by some free-speech from feminist activist, founder of UK Feminista and author of The Equality Illusion Kat Banyard; critic and award-winning writer Louise Doughty will look at the seduction of this month’s tripartite theme by reading from her thrilling new novel Apple Tree Yard; poet and author Owen Sheers will do a special reading from his powerful new verse-drama, as heard on BBC Radio 4, Pink Mist.

Tickets are £5 in advance or £7 on the door.

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Good Block is back and one!

To celebrate their belated 1st Birthday they’re heading back to our favourite Central London basement at The Social!


Myles Mears
Gigolo Medina
Pete Dee
Richard Foe
Sea O’Talk

Free before 9 – £5 after / £3 cheaplist

Names on the Facebook wall for cheaplist!


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4 track free download from Heavenly

Sign up to the Heavenly Recordings mailing list for your tasty 4 track FREE download featuring TOY, Charlie Boyer & The Voyeurs, Stealing Sheep & Temples!

Sign up HERE and a secret download link will make its way over to you.


1. Charlie Boyer and The Voyeurs – Be Nice
2. Stealing Sheep – Boys In The Band
3. Temples – Shelter Song (Society remix)
4. TOY – Left Myself Behind (Fearless Trans Love Energies remix)

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Dockwood by Jon McNaught

Our new exhibition comprises original artwork from Jon McNaught’s comic book ‘Dockwood’ Published by Nobrow in 2012. The French edition of Dockwood (Automne) won the Prix Révélation award at the Angouleme Festival this year.

Dockwood is a study of a cloudy tuesday in autumn, in a small english town. It follows a kitchen porter in a nursing home, and a paperboy delivering papers after school; both performing there daily tasks as the season changes around them. It is about small details of an ordinary day, from the brightly lit billboards to the restless starlings, from the daytime TV shows to the falling oak leaves.

The artwork is painted on 2 or 3 overlayed sheets of drafting Film (using brush and Ink), before being lithographically printed in spot colours. The images on display each consist of 2 seperate layers overlayed in the frame. Text and sometimes additional colours are added afterwards, and the pages are scaled down by 15 percent.

Jon McNaught lives in Bristol, England where he works as a printmaking instructor at the University of the West of England, he also produces comic books for Nobrow Press, sells prints with St Judes and is an illustrator and contributor for Caught by the River


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Idle Fret presents Blue Orchids


Blue Orchids


Dearbhla Minogue And The Partisans

+ Joshua Scarratt (Artrocker) – DJ Set

+ Vic Godard (Subway Sect) – DJ Set 

£5 Advance / £7 on the door


Blue Orchids

Manchester’s legendary Blue Orchids are back! Christened the Blue Orchids by John Coper Clark, they formed in 1979 when Martin Bramah left The Fall after recording the debut album Live At The Witch Trials.

They signed to Rough Trade Records in 1980 and were championed by the late great John Peel, before touring with Echo & The Bunnymen and then The Velvet Underground’s Nico, serving as both backing group and support act.

Over the years Blue Orchids have included in their line up members of The Smiths, The Durutti Column, The Fall and Buzzcocks.

Martin Bramah reformed the band last year for John Peel Day events in London, Liverpool and Manchester and it’s the classic Rough Trade era recordings that the band is now playing at their live shows, to great acclaim.

‘It’s been great to breath new life into these songs again after so long – they’re sounding so fresh and original, I could have written them all yesterday!’ – Martin Bramah 2012.

Don’t miss the chance to see this seminal act play their stunning live set of sonic gems!


Onions make superb, flabbergasting, majestic, astronomical 3 to 4 minute pop gems.

Their latest album Pleasure Blast is the culmination of a year and a half of blood, sweat and tears (sweat and tears, literally; blood, figuratively) and was inspired by the diversity and songsmithery found on albums by bands like Super Furry Animals, Talking Heads, The Kinks and Belle and Sebastian. Carefully prepared harmonies lace over and between spiky guitar lines and synth riffs to create well crafted and memorable pop songs.

Behind each song on the album are observational, cynical and occasionally humerous lyrics, tipping hats in the direction of Jarvis Cocker, Ron Mael and Ray Davies. Covering topics as diverse as local history (Belle Vue Fair), filthy women (An IE Or A Y/Word Of Mouth), the joys of wine (Stains), arguments over Queen members (Louise Louise), good old fashioned remorse (Those Wide Eyes/Never Gonna Change) and also a national anthem for a fictitious country (Il Seres).

Pleasure Blast is exactly that.

‘Easily one of Manchester’s catchiest bands: listen to them once, and the chances are that their songs will be stuck in your head forever.’ – Onward Manchester

‘The irrepressible Onions slap on more harmonies and rattled beat guitars than the Beatles at a 60’s garage psyche convention.’ – Manuel Ecostos, ManchesterMusic

Dearbhla Minogue And The Partisans

Dearbhla Minogue And The Partisans play high-energy fractured pop songs. With a shared love of melody and complexity, they combine the controlled chaos of Deerhoof with the off-centre purity of The Breeders. They are Dearbhla Minogue, who has featured on Dublin’s Any Other City and Popical Island labels, and the rhythm section of much-loved London shadow-rockers Fighting Kites (Audio Antihero, Variant Records).


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Hot Wuk Wednesdays

Every Wednesday Night

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

Expect crazy wining, a million whistles and a thousand smiles. You will be dancing to the sounds of Vybz Kartel, Popcaan, Mavado, Sean Paul, Beenie Man, Stylo G, Konshens, Gappy Ranks, Mr Lexx, Gaza Slim, Mr Vegas, Lady Saw, I-Octane, Cecile and loads more.

£3 before 9pm / £5 before 10pm / £7 after

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Charity Super Bowl Screening

After three sold-out years the biggest game of the American Football season returns to The Social’s big screen on February 3rd from 8pm accompanied by the usual array of DJs, drinks offers and competitions.

It’s a celebration of all things Americana and it’s all followed by the match itself. The best bit? The entrance fee (every penny of it) goes straight to Shelter to help Britain’s homeless children.

Tickets available here 

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HHK on Radio One

This deserves a special mention.

Radio One’s Matt Edmondson is learning about hip hop so he took a couple of trips down to our very Hip Hop Karaoke to get a feel for the crowd and then perform. Check out the show here (12 minutes in) including an interview with London’s Greatest DJ, Rob Pursey, a chat with Travis, Olive and Webster Endeacott about their legendary Glastonbury performance and Matt’s performance at 5 Little Portland Street in full.


Listen here 



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Make The Social Yours

We’re changing how we do things on Saturday nights in 2013. 

Each week they’ll be great records and drinks, with DJs in the top bar playing 60s and 70s soul, rock n roll, funk, disco, boogie, psych and more. Guaranteed good vibes and sounds all night – grab a booth and settle down.

The basement is now available on Saturdays for special events, launches, one off gigs, parties and club nights. Keep an eye on the website for more details about what’s going on in the basement each week, but upstairs will always be open and FREE ENTRY all night.

Drop Carl an email to discuss using the bar for your event – carl@thesocial.com – We some May dates still available for events in the basement


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