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New Exhibition – Matt Sewell

Since its first appearance in July 2009, Matt’s ‘Bird of the Week’ feature for the Caught by the River website has quickly become a cult hit.

His pop-art watercolours are distinctive and enchanting, as are his innovative descrip- tions, which see great tits ‘bossing the other birds around’, the ‘playful yet shy buoyancy’ of bullfinches and the ‘improbable’ nature of the waxwing (‘like a computer-generated samurai finch’). Now, for the first, time his original drawings and descriptions are compiled in a beautiful volume. The perfect read for bird-lovers and art and design fans alike. To launch the book, The Social is honoured to be hosting an exhibition of Matt’s birds, this will be launching April 5th.

You can find out more about Matt’s book and pre-order it HERE

A very limited edition set of beer matts as been created to celebrate the event, be quick as they will disappear.

Sambrook’s Brewery has very kindly sponsored this show, huge thank you to them for all their help.  You can enjoy Sambrooks’ Junction and Wandle beers in the upstairs bar.

‘Sambrook’s is a Battersea based craft brewer of English cask ales. Since we launched in 2008, Matt has been developing illustrations for us and we are delighted to be able to reciprocate by sponsoring Matt’s exhibitions’  Duncan Sambrook

www.mattsewell.co.uk

www.sambrooksbrewery.co.uk

www.caughtbytheriver.net

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Original Outsider

Live:

FAT WHITES

BULLIES

+ TWO JACKALS

OO is back with a three part bill of brilliant young bands.  Phonographic interludes supplied by the Swamp Dance djs

http://www.supajam.com/blog/article/Fat-White-Family . . .

‘It’s been an age since London has seen a band capable of enraging and entertaining in equal measure. When Lias says it’s a lot of effort to put on a show he isn’t being facetious. Fat White Family have developed a hardcore fanbase in their South London home eager to catch their maniac, visceral live shows, the band howling, tearing at their instruments, crashing around the stage, all the time locked onto an irresistible garage groove. Part Bash Street Kids, part missing-on-the-side-of-a-milk-carton kids, they conjure a dark, euphoric symbiosis of chaos and rhythm that hasn’t been heard since the Happy Mondays launched their joyous catastrophe onto an unsuspected world, or Pete n’ Carl set sail to Albion….

Formed on the spur of the moment from the fag ends of a gaggle of local garage bands, Fat Whites first incarnation came as a big band.  Now down to a 6 piece, made up of Saul, brothers Lias and Nathan (keyboards), drummer Dan, Jack Payne on bass, and Adam from One Man Destruction Show on screaming lead guitar, they reckon they’ve passed through their ‘mad experimental stages’, and have got a sound they’re settled on- a propulsive brew of swaggering psychedelia, bare bones garage, and snarling fables of numbness, boredom and sex delivered by the hyper-kinetic Lias.

The band are planning to release an album in the summer through small independent Trash Mouth, as well as an EP or two, but in general they’re not too fussed about trying to rodeo on some sort of bucking rock n roll gravy train. Saul, in particular had his fill of the high life with his short, disastrous tenure being signed to Sony as one of much hyped urchin rockers The Metros.’

 

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Social Newsletter – Week 7

I was thinking how lucky we are to have all our amazing upstairs DJs – here’s a little thank you post.  

Party starts tonight with Madd Raff‘s Sean Paul party, HHK Thursday, Friday Night Disco business with Guilty Pleasures’ Anna Greenwood (and Lulu and Justin – see below) and Jazzie B back in the booth on Saturday night!

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SOCIAL NIGHTS OUT

Wednesday 14th March

MADD RAFF WEDNESDAYS – SEAN PAUL PARTY

With Special guests: FIRE MAN SAM + MAINY

We are proud to announce the OFFICIAL launch party for Sean Paul’s new album: Tomahawk Technique! 

We will be previewing tunes from the sick new album and giving away loads of SP goodies, all courtesy of Atlantic Records…plus the usual free whistles, horns and nail art.

And we will be playing HUGE tunes from the back catalogue including Gimmie the Light, Temperature, Get Busy, We Be Burnin, Like Glue & millions more.

Sadly due to commitments overseas, Sean Paul will not be in attendance… but we have STRICT instructions that we must ‘rave and misbehave and go on bad’ to celebrate the new album. Okay Sean, we promise!

Doors 7pm-1am, free before 9pm, £3 before 10pm / £5 after.

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Thursday 15th March

HIP HOP KARAOKE 

“London’s like a jungle sometimes but nights like this will keep you from going under!”

Time Out

Putting a fresh twist on the ancient art of karaoke, Hip-Hop Karaoke lets you get on the mic and act out your rap fantasies to the fullest, whether that’s teaming up with friends to rock through a Wu-Tang jam, living the lyrical highlife like Jay-Z or Drake, bawsin it like Rick Ross, celebrating summertime with The Fresh Prince or acting all crazy like Nicki Minaj or Ol Dirty Bastard.

You can find HHK every Thursday at The Social.  It’s no exaggeration to say that this is a legendary night out.

Doors 6pm-1am, £3 concession list / £5 on the door.

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Friday 16th March

FRIDAY NIGHT DISCO

DJs:

ANNA GREENWOOD (Guilty Pleasures) + guests

Start the weekend with a basement bash of Friday night frolicking as Anna and friends bring you pop, rock, disco and a dollop of good old fashioned fun.  Dancing positively encouraged.

Doors 6pm-1am. Free before 9pm, £5 after.

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Saturday 17th March

SUBSOUL

‘The real overground sound

DJs:

JAZZIE B

+ MR RIVE

Spinning everything from Soul + Disco to Hip Hop and House, a blend of sounds new and old for those looking for an unpretentious party vibe.

Upstairs you can find the Breakin Bread DJs hosting a special one off all night long.

Doors 6pm-3am, free before 8pm, £5 after.

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Monday 19th March

SYMPTOMATIC PRESENTS

Live:

SHOUT TIMBER

IVORY HEROES

ISLANDER + ROSIE WILBY

Shout Timber formed in the exciting academic environment of University College London. Drawing as much influence from their love of vintage American literature and cinema as they do the melodies and honest lyricism of The Smiths, harmonies of The Beatles and the afro-rhythms of Vampire Weekend, Shout Timber establish themselves as an original, intelligent yet wholly accessible new talent on the UK scene.

Doors 7pm-12am, £5 adv / £7 on the door

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Tuesday 20th March

ORGINAL OUTSIDER

Live:

FAT WHITES

BULLIES TWO JACKALS

OO is back with a three part bill of brilliant young bands.  Phonographic interludes supplied by James Endeacott + Swamp Dance djs

Doors 7pm-12am, free entry

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Wednesday 21st March

MADD RAFF WEDNESDAYS – BASHMENT KARAOKE

With Special guests:

JOE GRIME + PART2STYLE

The new weekly party from The Heatwave. The rules are simple: No badmind. No posing. 100% dancing. 100% smiling.  Madd Raff is all about dancing, dressing up and having fun! Pure bashment all night with no negativity allowed in the building.

Expect crazy dance moves, banging on the walls and a million whistles and air horns.

Doors 7pm-1am, free before 9pm, £3 before 10pm / £5 after.

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Never Too Much (Upstairs)

Lulu ‘Princess’ Le Vay + Justin ‘Luther’ Quirk are starting a new residency upstairs on Friday night. You can catch them on the third Friday of every month.

This will be a brilliant addition at an already legendary line up of upstairs DJs that we have week in week out.  I don’t talk about these guys enough on here, so here’s a roll call and shout to the one and only Mr Rive (every Saturday night), Mark and Matt aka Droyd and Fones who have been ever present behind that bar for years, keeping it very real (second and last Fridays), Mark and the whole amazing Neddledroppin crew every Thursday night, Jimmy Plates who is known for tearing the upstairs bar apart on the first Friday of every month and on Wednesday nights you can catch 1Xtra’s own Ronnie Herel bringing his Soulquariam vibe and Ian Pugh’s Mobile Library.

Social love goes out to all these people and the other DJs like Laura, Jamie and Mal (and anyone else who i have forgotten) who gets behind the bar every week and plays the best selection of music ever, often off vinyl and creates that special vibe.  

xx

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The Story of The Streets Launch

We’re delighted to be hosting this rather exciting event at the bar . . 

Transworld Publishers and The Social invite you to join in the celebration of the launch of The Story of the Streets. Mike Skinner will be signing copies of his book and be accompanied by guest DJ’s on the 27th March.

Doors 7pm, free entry all night.

 

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Faber Social Celebrates Independence

THE LIST FOR THIS EVENT IS NOW FULL – SORRY 

Faber Social invites you to celebrate INDEPENDENCE and the publication of How Soon is Now: The Mavericks and Madmen Who Made Independent Music 1975-2005. From Rough Trade and Factory, through 4AD, Heavenly, Creation, Mute and most recently Domino and Warp, the musical landscape of the past 30 plus years has been shaped by an independent guiding spirit. Somewhere along the line this became ‘indie’; Richard King’s How Soon is Now excavates the Golden Years when to be ‘indie’ actually meant something. Richard will be joined in conversation by Owen Hatherley and Bob Stanley. Bob will soundtrack the evening from the decks. And there will be a performance from a figure central to the book: Edwyn Collins.

Tickets cost £5 on the door. Please email rutha@faber.co.uk for a place on the guaranteed entry list. 

For more information visit faber.co.uk/fabersocialapril


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Good Block

Good Block returns to The Social’s basement on Friday 9th March.

The next instalment rallies the whole, Wholemeal crew for a left of centre boogie.  Expect 70′s/80′s/90′s: Disco, Boogie, House, Hip Hop, Electro, Lazer Funk, Afrobeat

LISTEN TO GOOD BLOCK MIX PT 2 

DJs:

Charles Drakeford (NTS Radio / Wholemeal)

Bradley Zero (Rhythm Section / Boiler Room)

Sean O’Rourke (dollop / Good Block)

Tom Esselle (Wholemeal)

Gigolo Medina (Wholemeal)

Peter & Axel Foely (Good Block)

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ATTEND THE FACEBOOK EVENT

Bringing a new night to The Social every 2nd Friday of the month. The Good Block will blend Disco, Boogie, Hip Hop, House, Soul and Lazer Funk from the 70′s to the current day. Flying across New York, Chicago, Detroit, Kingston, London, Lagos and beyond. Each month’s line up will welcome a host of established club DJs who leave their current guises behind to do something left of centre. From The Gap Band to Big L to Kerri Chandler to Mr Vegas, come get deep.

 

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Players Ball Central

This Friday – March 2nd

For over a year now, PLAYERS BALL has been the highlight of everyone’s month at its birthplace at The CAMP in East London… and now, due to popular demand you can experience London’s Crunkest Club Night™ right in the centre of the capital at The Social – on the FIRST FRIDAY EVERY MONTH!!!  Southern Hospitality DJs Rob Pursey and Davey Boy Smith will be bringing you all the hottest new club anthems, breaking future classics, bringing back your old favourites and just generally giving you the CRUNKEST, BUCKEST, WILDEST clubbing experience in London.

** STOP PRESS **

Rob Pursey has put together this mix for the night

DOWNLOAD

www.southernhospitality.co.uk

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Social Newsletter – Week 5

It’s official, the new menu from The London Particular is AMAZING.  

Honestly, the new food is completely brilliant, head down for lunch or dinner, eat in or takeaway. There are new specials pretty much every day, Harrisa Ribs are launching tonight!

The Celestial Cinema premieres on Monday with a special screening of Saint Etienne’s ‘What Have You Done Today, Mervyn Day?’.

Music wise, The Schizodelic Sound is back tomorrow night, HHK tonight,SubSoul on Saturday and more of the same all next week.

Before i stop wittering, shout out to Rob Pursey for his latest mix Zonin vol 3. Grab it now and zone out.

www.thesocial.com

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SOCIAL NIGHTS OUT

Thursday 23rd February
HIP HOP KARAOKE 

“London’s like a jungle sometimes but nights like this will keep you from going under!”

Time Out

Putting a fresh twist on the ancient art of karaoke, Hip-Hop Karaoke lets you get on the mic and act out your rap fantasies to the fullest, whether that’s teaming up with friends to rock through a Wu-Tang jam, living the lyrical highlife like Jay-Z or Drake, bawsin it like Rick Ross, celebrating summertime with The Fresh Prince or acting all crazy like Nicki Minaj or Ol Dirty Bastard.

You can find HHK every Thursday at The Social.  It’s no exaggeration to say that this is a legendary night out.

Doors 6pm-1am, £3 concession list (via hiphopkaraokeuk@gmail.com) £5 on the door.

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Friday 24th February

THE SCHIZODELIC SOUND

DJs: GUY C, AARON FLETCHER + TIM ROCKINS

Mixing Mods with Rockers, Punks with Proggers, Concrete Jungle with African Bush, Brazilian Nuggets with Turkish Delights, Sweet’n’Sour Krauts with Big Macs and Crisp Rappers with Cheesy Ravers any flavour is for the tasting. Based on a super tight blend of three amigos triple-teaming behind the decks The Schizodelic Sound shall make one shake thy rattle, rok ya Rolex and get on up to get on down. With much unexpected diggings alongside stone-cold classics from the most open book of musical revelry there is a sound for one and all to rejoice in.

Doors 6pm-1am, free entry before 9pm, £5 after

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Saturday 25th February

SUBSOUL 

‘The real overground sound

DJs:

SPIN DOCTOR

+ MR RIVE

Spinning everything from Soul + Disco to Hip Hop and House, a blend of sounds new and old for those looking for an unpretentious party vibe.

Upstairs you can find the Breakin Bread DJs hosting a special one off all night long.

Doors 6pm-3am, free before 8pm, £5 after

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Monday 27th February

THE CELESTIAL CINEMA

First of a monthly film club curated by Jeff Barrett

Saint Etienne and Heavenly Films present:

What Have You Done Today Mervyn Day? 

What Have You Done Today Mervyn Day? (2005) continues Saint Etienne’s  ongoing fascination with the city of London and its diverse array of people, space and places. Directed by Paul Kelly, this superb  documentary explores East London’s neglected Lower Lea Valley,  beautifully capturing the areas’ last moments before it undergoes a  major redevelopment programme that will transform it from a derelict  wasteland into the site for the 2012 Olympic Games. (running time 46 minutes).

plus

+ Drift Street – A short film by Michael Smith, the writer and presenter of BBC’s Drivetime and Citizen Smith.

Doors 7pm-12am, £3 entry

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Tuesday 28th February

SYMPTOMATIC PRESENTS

Live:

BAND OF HOLY JOY

JACK ROBERTS

FRASER + THE BETH STEEL

Forever changing, consistently unique yet, always somehow the same, the Band Of Holy Joy began life as gutter chansoniers using junk shop instruments to propagate a brute romantic madly literate form of dispossessed urban folk music.

Since then the band have scaled a few heights fallen down in one or two gutters, broken up, glued themselves together, toured the world, released a fair few albums for the likes of Rough Trade and fully explored other media by presenting two audio visual song plays.

These days the junk shop instruments of old are long gone, and guitars, violins and visuals very much to the fore. But the band continues to write about the same outsider concerns with the same measure of spirit and care and man, they still put on a show. The Band of Holy Joy, forever changing, consistently unique, always the same. Join the adventure as they pass through your town.

Doors 7pm-12am, £5 adv / £7 on the door

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Wednesday 29th February

MADD RAFF WEDNESDAYS – UK BASHMENT PARTY

With Special guests:

SILVERSTAR + JUVINILE

The new weekly party from The Heatwave. The rules are simple: No badmind. No posing. 100% dancing. 100% smiling.  Madd Raff is all about dancing, dressing up and having fun! Pure bashment all night with no negativity allowed in the building.

Expect crazy dance moves, banging on the walls and a million whistles and air horns.

Doors 7pm-1am, free before 9pm, £3 before 10pm / £5 after.

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Thursday 1st March
HIP HOP KARAOKE 

“London’s like a jungle sometimes but nights like this will keep you from going under!”

Time Out

Putting a fresh twist on the ancient art of karaoke, Hip-Hop Karaoke lets you get on the mic and act out your rap fantasies to the fullest, whether that’s teaming up with friends to rock through a Wu-Tang jam, living the lyrical highlife like Jay-Z or Drake, bawsin it like Rick Ross, celebrating summertime with The Fresh Prince or acting all crazy like Nicki Minaj or Ol Dirty Bastard.

You can find HHK every Thursday at The Social.  It’s no exaggeration to say that this is a legendary night out.

Doors 6pm-1am, £3 concession list (via hiphopkaraokeuk@gmail.com) £5 on the door

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Friday 2nd March

PLAYERS BALL

DJs:

ROB PURSEY + DAVEY BOY SMITH

London’s Crunkest Club Night™ is coming to Central London.  Southern Hospitality DJs Rob Pursey and Davey Boy Smith will be bringing you all the hottest new club anthems, breaking future classics, bringing back your old favourites and just generally giving you the crunkest, buckest, wildest clubbing experience in London.

Doors 6pm-1am. Free before 9pm, £5 after.

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We Zonin

Rob Pursey (Hip Hop Karaoke / Players Ball + Southern Hospitality) is back with Zonin Vol 3.  

By the time you read this it’ll already have been downloaded round the world and back because i’m late on it again.  By late i mean that it came out yesterday . . Anyway, it’s brilliant so go and download it, and zone out.

Download

 

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