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Snap Election Section

An election can only mean one thing… the return of the triumphant Election Section at The Social.

When the Conservatives won an unexpected majority? We were there.

When Trump won an unexpected Presidency? We were there.

Whatever happens on June the 8th – we’ll be there watching it unfurl, live.

Things not going your way? Fear not, there is one of the best-stocked bars in London. Feel like celebrating? Please. We’ve got you covered.

We’ll be open from 10 until 6. The Simple Politics Team will be around should you need some clarity on anything. Or drink recommendations. We’re good at that, too. We’ll have a few games to play, including election night bingo and more.


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Bugged Out’s Little Bugger

It is a big one this. Our new Thursday night party with Bugged Out! 

Every Thursday 

After roaming festival dance stages and changing the face of pub raves forever, Bugged Out’s Little Bugger has found a weekly home every Thursday night at Central London’s famed institution The Social.

Despite being a long running mutant techno night, Bugged Out has always found time to let its hair down and party. Their New Years Day parties have become the stuff of legend and they’ve taken this pop spirit to festivals mixing classic Bugged Out tunes with house party pop and R&B. This is what Little Bugger is all about – join us after work to start the weekend early.

Helming Little Bugger will be residents Lemmy Ashton and Johnno, with special guests making unannounced appearances in the award winning London landmark.


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The London Intl Ska Festival presents…


Trojan Records official club night

Since its launch in the summer of 1968, Trojan Records has continually led the way in presenting the very best in classic Jamaican music to fans the world over.

During its early days, the company was instrumental introducing reggae into the mainstream, enjoying no less than 36 major UK hits between 1969 and 1975 and in so doing introducing the likes of Ken Boothe, Bob & Marcia, John Holt, Jimmy Cliff, and The Maytals to a global audience.

Today, as Trojan approaches its 50th anniversary, it continues its long-standing undertaking of presenting only the very best in vintage ska, rock steady and reggae sounds.

Teaming up with the world-famous London Intl Ska Festival, Trojan Records official club night hits London’s west end on the second Saturday of every month. What’s more entry is free for everyone!

April 2017’s edition (Sat 13th May) features The Rocksteady Daddy – Asher G and Mistah Brown (Tighten Up) at The Social control tower.

Asher remains one of the most revered selectors on the revival scene and, as someone who learned much about this music listening to his radio shows back in the 80s, I’m well chuffed to have him on board. Can’t wait to hear what he’s gonna draw for. Bet you can’t either… REACH!

Come join us for this unique celebration of the world’s best-loved and most iconic Jamaican music label and all its incredible legacy!

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Saturday 6th May

The official Greensleeves Records club night hits The Social in London’s West End on the first Saturday of every month. What’s more it’s FREE ENTRY FOR ALL! Tell your friends!

Starring the mighty DUB ORGANISER SOUND CREW aka ITAL STU TOLHURST & KOOL KEITH LAWRENCE spinning classic & rare Greensleeves all night long alongside your regular host MISTAH BROWN (Tighten Up).

From Alimantado to Alborosie for forty years Greensleeves Records has stayed on top of the game in presenting the very best in reggae music. Through the dancehall dominance of ‘Junjo’ Lawes, King Jammy & Gussie Clarke to the outernational success of Barrington Levy, Eek-a-Mouse, Yellowman, Freddie McGregor, Gregory Isaacs, Shaggy, Beanie Man, Black Uhuru, The Wailing Souls and Mr Vegas to name but a few, Greensleeves has been the benchmark of quality since 1977!

Now teaming up with the world-famous London Intl Ska Festival, Greensleeves Records official club night hits London’s West End on the first Saturday of every month with world class DJs selecting the tunes that first inspired them from one of the greatest back catalogues of our times! And it’s 100% FREE!


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Celebrating 40 Years of The Fall

Tuesday 23rd May

With special guests:



On the 23rd May 1977 The Fall played their first ever public show, at the North West Arts Basement.

Exactly 40 years later, in the basement of The Social, we pay tribute to one of the greatest and most influential groups in modern music. Featuring Austin Collings in conversation, live music from Meatraffle, Fall records all night, projections of classic Fall footage, and a pop-up bookshop of titles inspired by the group.


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Easter Thursday: Kicks – Dynamite Sounds From A Heavenly Jukebox

Heavenly Jukebox and friends on Easter Thursday on both floors of The Social Little Portland St.

A free party with good music of all sorts (think disco, soul, funk, hip hop, afrobeat and lots more) from The Social’s very own Heavenly Jukebox – the DJ arm of Heavenly Recordings – and pals.

More info to follow but it’s free in and if you’re holding a memebrship card it’s 241 on all draft beer and cocktails until 8pm. Sonic Sandwich are on food duties too.

. . Believe In Magic

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Confidence Man

Wed 24th May





We’re excited to announce new Heavenly signing Confidence Man are coming to play The Social!

The band captured the attention of Australian radio station Triple J last year and secured a spot on their 2017 One’s to Watch list.

“One taste and you’re infected. Symptoms include sassy sing-talking, howling and boogie fever.“
– Triple J

It was a simple case of love at first listen”, Heavenly boss Jeff Barrett tells CMU. “Like hearing ‘Groove Is In The Heart’ for the first time. It was a joy of joys to discover that even after all these years I could still feel intoxicated after hearing a pop song”.

We’re delighted to have the band on Heavenly as they reveal their debut single Bubblegum.

Bubblegum’ is a joyful slice of imperfect pop, with flirty flutes, baggy grooves and sassy vocals. The track was mixed by Patrick Wimberly (Chairlift).

Email Carl to get on the free list for this show!

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Faber Social presents Palfest Social

Faber Social Presents


Featuring readings form

Viv Albertine | Hisham Matar | Eimear McBride | Edna O’Brien | Andrew O’Hagan


Special Guest DJ | Heavenly Jukebox


***All profits will be donated to Palfest***


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Baggy Mondays 15th Birthday Party!

Sat 20th may 


The Social’s longest-running night celebrates its FIFTEENTH BIRTHDAY with more Madchester-powered indie disco mayhem at its latest Saturday night free party.

Expect the Roses, the Mondays, New Order, The Charlatans, Inspirals, Blur, 808 State, Shed Seven and freaky dancing on the concrete tables.

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Lunchtime Listens

Ah, music. It’s our daily bread, the metaphorical loaf in which everything we do is joyously sandwiched. And that’s why we’re hosting a series of #LunchtimeListens. Each of these sessions will see a musical selector plumbing the depths of their record collection to deliver sonic joy in the ground floor bar of The Social while we serve up lunch. We’ll record each session for posterity (and for a wider audience’s listening pleasure) and archive it on the Sonic Sandwich website.

#LunchtimeListens No.1
Richard MacKichan
Friday 24 March, 2017 (1-2pm)

First up to the decks for our inaugural #LunchtimeListens session is Richie MacKichan. We met Richie backstage of the West Holts stage at Glastonbury Festival last year where he was running the stage’s press team and generally being a Very Good Egg. Not only is he a fellow music lover and occasional spinner of discs, it turns out Richie is editor at boutique hotel specialists Mr & Mrs Smith – which basically means he’s visited record shops in more far flung locations than most. When he conversationally summarised his musical interests as “cosmic country, yacht rock, soul, disco and weird electro” we knew we’d have to get him along to spin us some tunes.

He’ll be playing records between 1pm and 2pm this Friday 24th March. Come and have a Sonic Sandwich!

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