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SoulQuarium – This Wednesday




The SoulQuarium is a new night presented by Ronnie Herel from 1xtra.  In true Social style it’s chance for Ronnie and friends to come down and flex some different musical muscles.

Every 3rd Wednesday of each month,

BBC Radio 1xtra’s Ronnie Herel spins everything musically cool & soulful alongside special guests commencing this Weds 14th December with Abi Clarke (Sounds Of The Universe)

Free Entry!



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Cheers Ken!

The Search for the Perfect pub continues . . 

Robin Turner and Paul Moody shared a pint with Ken Livingstone down the bar the other week and had a chat about pubs.

Read his thoughts and those of some other famous patrons HERE in their brilliant Guardian piece.

Robin and Paul’s book, ‘The Search for the Perfect Pub: Looking For the Moon Under Water’ is available now, it’s an excellent read and the ideal Christmas gift for that boozy uncle.









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Hot booze

Dre has come up with some winter warmers to mark the beginning of December. Enjoy.

Mexican Egg Nog x 1


1 whole egg

1 tablespoon vanilla sugar

100 ml semi skimmed milk

1 shot tequila

Nice pinch of cinnamon powder

Freshly grated nutmeg for garnish


1. Beat egg, sugar, cinnamon and vanilla with a wire whisk. Pour into a large mug.

2. Add milk and mix well.

3. Heat whilst stirring. Do not boil.

4. Sprinkle with freshly grated nutmeg. Serve in teacup.

The Social Mulled Wine


½ cup red wine

½ cup orange juice

1 shot Courvoisier cognac

2 tablespoons honey

1 orange slice studded with cloves

Cinnamon stick

Freshly grated nutmeg


1. Combine all ingredients in a saucepan.

2. Heat until hot but not boiling.

3. Stir.

4. Pour into wine glasses, garnish with orange slice, cinnamon stick and freshly grated nutmeg and serve.


Hot Toddy


50ml Jameson’s whiskey

Juice of 1 lemon

Tablespoon of honey

¾ cup of boiled water

Lemon wheel with cloves and half a cinnamon stick


1. Pour water in to a heatproof jug.

2. Add lemon juice, lemon twist, honey and whiskey.

3. Transfer to coffee mug.

Mulled Wine Martini


25ml Beefeater

25ml Port

Juice of half an orange

15ml lemon juice

10ml honey water

2 cloves, crushed

Pinch of cinnamon powder

Sprinkle of nutmeg


1. shake and double strain. Serve in Coupette glass.

2. Garnish with clove studded orange slice

Hot Buttered Rum


1 tablespoon salted butter, softened

1-tablespoon vanilla sugar

Pinch ground cinnamon

Sprinkle of nutmeg

2 cloves, crushed

50ml Havana Club 7yr old rum

Boiling water


1. Assemble in heatproof cup or glass.

2. Serve in teacup.


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Looking For The Moon Under The Water

The Search For The Perfect Pub: Looking For The Moon Under Water

Robin Turner and Paul Moody launched their brilliant new book last week in the upstairs bar.

‘What is the perfect British pub? Although it’s an innocuous enough question, the answer will likely be entirely different dependant on the person asked and their state of mind at the time. Having turned 40 this year, my current vision of public house perfection is barely recognisable from the boozer I idly dreamt of as a twenty year old. Or as a thirty year old. I’m pretty certain that if my embattled liver holds out for the next ten, twenty – God knows, maybe even thirty – years, that mental image of the perfect pub will keep on evolving and mutating, undergoing mental refurbishments as my personal taste dictates the volume of music and what type of beer ends up flowing from the taps . . ‘


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A Vinyl Revival at The Social

Vinyl Revival is the world’s only networked all-vinyl show and it airs on 6 Music throughout December. Pete Paphides will be presenting and among the featured guests bringing in their actual vinyl records will be Johnny Marr, Damon Albarn, Florence Welch, Bernard Butler, Seasick Steve, Ryan Adams, Hot Chip and Wild Beasts.

To mark the launch of this fantastic new show, Pete and friends will be taking over the basement and playing a euphoric selection of soul dancers, funk gems, psych-pop barnstormers, reggae and rocksteady classics and indie bankers. There will be very special guest DJs too!

More info about the show

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The Christmas Market Is Back

Once again this December, The Social presents a weekly market in the upstairs bar each and every Saturday daytime

There will be badges, books, birds, music and maps from Caught By The River, stocking fillers from PedlarsAndrews of Arcadia and his vintage fishing tackle for the soul and The Empress of Arcadia with selected labels and bespokery.  There will also be Christmas stalls from Pete Fowler, Edwyn CollinsNobrowThe Heavenly Emporium and more.

As well as Christmas gifts, shoppers will be able to enjoy signings, live performances, DJ sets, a fully stocked bar and The Rose Kentish Kitchen featuring her legendary home made sausage and cranberry rolls, mulled wine, hot cider and Dre’s award winning Bloody Marys.  Last year was the best fun we had all year, from start to slightly sozzled finish.

Saturdays 3th, 10th and 17th December

Doors 1-6pm – Free entry

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


Caught By The River shop – http://caughtbytheriver.net/shop/

Andrews of Arcadia and the Empress of Acadia – http://andrewsofarcadia.com/

Pedlars – http://www.pedlars.co.uk/

The Heavenly Emporium – http://heavenlyrecordings.com/emporium/

Rose Kentish’s homemade cakes and pastries  – http://www.rosekentishkitchen.blogspot.com/

3rd Dec:

Acoustic performance: Trevor Moss and Hannah-Lou

Guest artist: Pete Fowler – http://monsterism.net/

10th Dec:

Edwyn Collins stall – http://edwyncollins.sandbag.uk.com/Store

Acoustic performances: Edwyn Collins & James Walbourne

http://www.edwyncollins.com  http://www.jameswalbourne.com/

17th Dec:

Guest gallery: Nobrow – http://www.nobrow.net/





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Lianne La Havas


We are delighted to announce a four date residency early in the new year from Lianne La Havas.  She will be joined by special guests on four consecutive Tuesdays, dates are the 17th, 24th, 31st January and finally on the 7th Feb.

We anticipate these tickets will sell quite quickly.



Lianne La Havas first began to make music at the age of 7. Rather than being pushed into lessons by over-zealous parents, Lianne was given her first keyboard by her father and was allowed the pleasure of being left to her own devices. She began to sing not long after, but under less happy circumstances.

Still just seven years old, Lianne, like most children, wanted to be part of the popular clique at school. Unlike most children, Lianne’s initiation was more like an audition – the cool gang at Lianne’s school was open only to those that could sing! Double-crossed by the friend she was going to audition with, Lianne sang to herself anyway, and found something much more than a means to an end; she discovered her passion.

Lianne nurtured her talent singing in school choir’s and musicals; all the while feeding her voracious musical appetite with a broad range of influences. Far from turning her into an imitation, Lianne’s influences helped her find her own voice. From heroines of relative antiquity like Nina Simone, to contemporary Neo-Soul pioneers like Lauryn Hill and Erykah Badu; great voices inspired Lianne to use her own, ever growing in skill and confidence.

It was during her foundation year at art school that Lianne made the leap into a full-time music career. Already working part-time as a backing singer, she decided to leave her course and concentrate solely on music. Another backing vocalist gig, this time with Paloma Faith, brought her into contact with future musical collaborators and led to her decision to launch a career of her own.

In the two years since then, Lianne has gone from strength to strength. Spending time on both sides of the Atlantic working with a select number of producers and playing shows to captivated audiences in London, Paris, and New York. Having signed to Warner Bros Records earlier this year, Lianne has an EP due for release later this year and a full album next year. The future looks very bright indeed for this remarkable talent.

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Who is Madd Raff ?

Madd Raff Wednesdays is our new weekly dance party that has been going from strength to strength over the last few weeks.

For the month of November The Heatwave and crew will be joined by an amazing cast of special guests:

November Guests:

2nd – Lixo (Get Me)

9th – Thom White

16th –  LionDub (NYC)

23rd – Jillionaire (Mad Decent)

30th – King Erruption

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.

If you love dancing to bashment you can’t miss the hyped up dance session run by Safwaan from Pineapple Dance Studios. Beginners and experts welcome.

Arrive before 10pm to get your nails done for FREE, practise your wining and then rave the night away with the hypest dancehall crew outside Jamaica.

It’s literally the funnest thing you can do all week.

To join the dance session and make birthday bookings, email maddraff@theheatwave.co.uk.

Every Wednesday at The Social, 5 Little Portland Street, London W1W 7JD.  £3 before 10pm / £5 thereafter.  7pm-1am



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Stealing Sheep

On Nov 8th, Huw Stephens welcomes new Heavenly signings Stealing Sheep to his monthly night at The Social.  It’s a free event and Heavenly get together in honour of their e.p release. Please come and join us in a toast or 2!  Doors 7pm.  

Introducing Liverpool’s hotly-tipped psych-folk darlings and new Heavenly signings… Stealing Sheep. They create lo-fi, DIY pop in the shape of harmony drenched old time vocals, spiralling psychedelic guitars, hypnotic beats and sixties style drone synths. They started writing together in the summer of 2010 and by the end of the year were already touring the UK’s folk clubs and cafés.

Stealing Sheep began recording on cassettes and 4 tracking their first EP’s in an abandoned school in Liverpool with first time producer Joe Wills, who inspired in them experimental recording techniques in unusual locations. In February 2011 they released their first single “The Mountain Dogs” on limited 7″ vinyl with Manchester’s hug-step pop label Red Deer Club. Parallel to their single launch they toured the UK and Ireland supporting the likes of Olaf Arnalds, Silje Nes, Mice Parade and Efterklang befitting of their Scandinavian-influenced sounds.

During these tours they made a midnight pit stop at Abbey Road Studios to record their second single “I am the Rain”, which they released in May with London label Idle Fret. This won them peak time radio play from many 6music DJ’s including Lauren Laverne, Jarvis Cocker, Tom Ravenscroft and Nemone. During the summer they toured Europe and recorded an off the cuff live session with Rob De Bank at Maida Vale Live Lounge for Radio 1.

They played a number of summer of festivals including Secret Garden Party and Standon Calling, as well as industry events Sound City and The Great Escape. With continuing airplay from BBC2’s Steve Lamacq, Radio 1’s Gilles Peterson, Rob Da Bank, 6music and XFM, the band are being hotly-tipped by both radio and press.

This winter Stealing Sheep will begin recording their debut album, due for release in Spring 2012. This will be preceded by the taster EP, “Noah & The Paper Moon”, on Heavenly Records. The girls have recently supported Emmy the Great and Summer Camp, Alessi’s Ark, Tune-Yards, Beth Jeans Houghton and Slow Club.

We’ve also put together this rather wonderful 3 track sampler which includes the previously un-released track ‘Paper Moon’, a beautiful live rendition of ‘Your Saddest Song’ from the BBC’s Maida Vale studio and the Colo remix of ‘Noah’s Days. 3 for free!

Stealing Sheep – free 3 track download by heavenlyrecordings

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New Richard Buckner London Show Added

Trash Aesthetics presents RICHARD BUCKNER

+ guests Will Burns (Treecreeper) and Sacri Cuori

With Richard Buckner’s first London show in six years already sold out, we’ve responded to demand from fans, and decided to add another performance. This special event at The Social, is strictly limited to 60 tickets.

“A gruff yet honeyed voice so enveloping that it feels more like a place you go than a sound you hear… Buckner remains one of the most intriguing songwriters working” – Pitchfork 8.0 / 10

Despite sharing labels with the likes of ARCADE FIRE, DINOSAUR JR and RICHMOND FONTAINE, and boasting a back catalogue of albums with contributions from members of GIANT SAND/CALEXICO, YO LA TENGO, GUIDED BY VOICES, THE MEKONS, TORTOISE & SONIC YOUTH, Richard Buckner remains something of a cult treasure. It’s most likely because he’s the real deal; a classic troubadour in the mould of TOWNES VAN ZANDT, Buckner’s rustic poetry and dreamlike imagery is delivered by a voice that defines the sound of rural America.

“The Richard Buckner vibe– and that is a big influence for me. His words are just about a sound and barely about meaning, but I could find all these crazy meanings in there.. .there are lyrics that are totally heartbreaking and beautiful and heavy” – Justin Vernon of BON IVER

“An Austere Beauty” – UNCUT 4 stars


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