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Faber Social Poetry Special

The Faber Social celebrates poetry on Monday 3rd September with some of the most exciting new talents around.  

Fiona Benson is a poet of vision and resonance who is working towards a debut collection.

Emily Berry writes wittily and wickedly about modern lives; her first book will appear in 2013.

Joe Dunthorne is the author of the celebrated novels Submarine and Wild Abandon and is preparing a collection of poems.

Toby Martinez de las Rivas’s incantatory debut will be published next year.

Sam Riviere’s 81 Austerities is published this summer in response to cuts by the coalition government.

Jack Underwood is a poet of skill, freshness and virtuosity, who is working on his debut.


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H. Hawkline Launch Party

Tuesday 21st August

In town to celebrate the release of his widely acclaimed Black Domino Box EP, fast-rising Cardiff-based multi-instrumentalist H. Hawkline channels his idol Richard Brautigan through a rough cement mixture of sludge rock, Felt and seaweed.

H. Hawkline + R. Seiliog

“H.Hawkline is the beatiest thing to emerge from Lundy Island since the 2007 Norovirus outbreak” – Gruff Rhys  //  “Sweet and otherworldly – a one off” – Huw Stephens


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Huw Stephens Presents

It’s been almost 5 years since Huw started throwing his parties in The Social.  

Every month the very best new bands, MCs and artists have come down to play to a packed basement. And it’s always FREE ENTRY too.

Tuesday 10th July from 7pm



+ Soccer 96

Huw Stephens’ new music night brings some of the most exciting new bands to his monthly residency. Formed in Bristol and compared to the National and Arcade Fire, Escapists will headline. Expect crazy electro-jamming from Soccer 96 who are main support. DJ Felson and Huw playing records.


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Madd Raff

Madd Raff is brilliant each and every Wednesday night.  

It’s a proper mid-week party with lots and lots of happy people getting on the dance floor in the basement right from the off.  It’s the only place you can find The Heatwave every week throughout the summer during their packed festival schedule and they have loads of special guests and launches lined up too.

Madd Raff – Every Wednesday night from 7pm.

July Dates

4th July // Reggae Gold 2012 album launch party >> celebrating 20 years of the annual dancehall reggae compilation from VP Records. Free CD giveaways on the night!

11th July // English Fire from Miami’s Black Chiney sound plus London hip hop/dancehall veteran Seanie T

18th July // We are throwing a Rihanna party in honour of our favourite pop bashment queen! Guests DJs Fire Man Sam and Mainy

25th July // RoxXxan live! Upcoming Birmingham MC performing her new hit single Too Fucking Facety and spitting over bashment riddims


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Players Ball Central

Friday 6th July

London’s Crunkest Club Night™ is back in Central London. 


Rob Pursey + Davey Boy Smith

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.


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Summer Cocktails

Thomas and Jake have put together a range of special summer festivals, including quite an ambitious pineapple number! 

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Free Social Membership

You don’t need to be a member to come to The Social but it will get you cheaper drinks and other offers . . 

Members can now get 2 for 1 on special cocktails, selected bottled beers, house wine and £1 off every pint – every day between 12-8pm until the end of July.

And for a limited time membership is FREE – ask at the bar or email carl@thesocial.com for details


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Heavenly Hospitality

As i’m sure you’ve heard by now we’re taking over Lovebox’s VIP bar on Friday – Rob Pursey and myself have put a little mis together to celebrate! 

‘This Friday, The Social are taking over the VIP Area of Lovebox with a dope line-up that includes among other things, Sticky, Good Block DJs, your chance to take part in Hip Hop Karaoke and of course Southern Hospitality and the Heavenly Jukebox. Hence this mix I put together with none other than Carl Gosling (NMIS.hons) to celebrate this latest collaboration!

We’ll see y’all Friday, but in the meantime bump this!’  Rob

Download the mix HERE

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The Social

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Merc Live

We are pleased to announce this new run of dates in association with Merc Live

For your chance to win tickets to any of these shows, simply fill in the form HERE choosing the band(s) that you would like to see.

DJ ELI from the ‘Wreck it up Crew’ will be playing every date to keep the night swinging and there is lots more to come!

Lucky winners will be notified 1 week prior to the gig. GOOD LUCK!

* Please note that to enter this competition you must be at least 18 years of age. All attendees of the Merc Live gigs must also be at least 18 years of age.

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