New Friday Nights

We have got a whole new set of Friday nights starting in January – see below for all the details.  

This coming Friday will be handled by The Social residents and Heavenly Jukebox in the basement before another new night starts on the first Friday of month from February 3rd, more on that announcement to follow later.

THE GOOD BLOCK – Friday 13th January


Bringing a new night to The Social every 2nd Friday of the month. The Good Block will blend Disco, Boogie, Hip Hop, House and Soul 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.

Doors 6pm-1am. Free before 9pm, £5/£3 members

BLACK BUTTER RECORDS – Friday 20th January


Home to some of 2011 hottest club hits and hitmakers, Black Butter is going to blow up in 2012.  This is a FREE party with acts from the label and special guests showing you what to expect from the big year to come.

Doors 6pm-1am. Free entry all night

THE SCHIZODELIC SOUND – Friday 27th January


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!

Spear headed by DJ Guy C (Gorillaz Sound System and The Bees Tour DJ, throwing it down on the decks like a man possessed), Aaron Fletcher (The Bees main man, song writer and internationally treasured musical innovator) and Tim Rockins (Zombie Flesh Eater, mindblowing maximalist artist and graphical craftsman busting with the A to Z of sound).  It all adds up to the most ridiculously dope record box you’ve ever looked in, combined with Kaleidoscopically-psychephrenic lightshows, visuals and animated posters The Schizodelic Sound is here. Fundamentally with the  basic ideal of keeping the dance floor alive.

Doors 6pm-1am. Free before 9pm, £5/£3 members

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NYE tickets

Advance tickets for NYE are now sold out.  There will be a limited amount  available on the door, email for more details

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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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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

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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New beers are here / LTD At The Social

New beers

How to decide on the best beers in Britain? Clearly a mountainous task yet one we attacked with some relish. While the LTD committee were tirelessly supping spirits and muddling cocktails, we at the Heavenly office set about touring the country by pint glass to see if we could find the best complimentary beers to stock in the Social. As usually happens with these things, the perfect solution was just under our nose.

As the crow flies, the Camden Brewery is probably the nearest set up to The Social. Hiding away in a railway arch under the London Overground line, the brewery has been producing beers in that site for a relatively short time. Their pedigree is flawless though. Jasper, the brewery owner, is the man behind Hampstead’s brew pub The Three Horseshoes, an alco-Mecca for those in the know for some time. Setting up Camden, he took the knowledge of years of experimentation at the Horseshoes and took it public. The beers – well, we’re stocking two that we truly love. Hells is a clean, crisp lager – the best we’ve ever stocked in the bar in our humble opinion. The Pale Ale is our current favourite pint anywhere in the country – in layman’s terms, it bridges the gap between a lager and a real ale – the perfect session beer. Extremely moreish.

Camden’s success has coincided with a renewed interest in London breweries. All over the city, breweries are popping up – names like Sambrooks, Brodies, The Kernel and Redemption cropping up in discerning bars and in fridges. It’s localism at it’s very finest – the true taste of 21st century London. We’re hoping to be adding more bottles over the coming weeks. Hopefully we won’t have to look too far afield to find them.


LTD At The Social

For those that haven’t heard what we’re up to head to the link below and find out why we only have 6 bottles in the upstairs bar

Thanks to all Social-ites for embracing the LTD concept so instantly and with such enthusiasm, your smiling faces (and empty glasses) say it all. And great to see so many new faces in our beloved bar too.

Ever since chairman Eric came up with the LTD concept and brought Dre Masso into the equation we’ve been enjoying thinking differently and looking forward to the changes. We like it, and like that you are liking it too.

Now seems a good time to ‘out’ the thus far nameless ones on the committee, those previously only known as ‘industry experts’ (see the intro above), but before we do that, here’s a reminder of what the concept of LTD actually is:
The Best of the Best!

The first stage saw The Social Drinks Committee vote for their top five brands from each of the six major spirit categories (vodka, gin, rum, whiskey, agave and brandy). The committee were asked to select spirits that they considered were “All-rounders” from each section and good value for money (under £20 wholesale price). The best of the best!

The second stage was a blind tasting and comparison of the 3 finalists of each section. All spirits were sampled neat and in a cocktail. The overall winners from each category were selected for LTD’s very unique product range.

All of the brands below have something in common. They are linked to heritage and authenticity. They are respected brands and popular within their country of origin. There is also strong brand loyalty from the bartenders and all of these spirits have played an important role within the cocktail community. All are made to a very high standard.

Time to raise your glass to the committee:

Dre Masso
Eric YuHenry Besant from Strangehill
Ago Perrone from the Connaught
Gaby Moncada Pena from the Savoy
Tobias Blazques Garcia from Pinchitos
Jason Fendick from Pinchitos
Peter Dorelli formerly of the Savoy
Salvatore Calabrese of the Playboy Club
Paul Mant formerly of Quo Vadis
Jared Brown
Anistatia Miller
Dick Bradsell
Dave Broom Spirits expert
Mark Ridgewell Spirits expert
Ian Wivsnieski Spirits expert
Nick Strangeway of Hix and Strangehill

Nushi Wijewardena
Ben McFarland
Tom Sandham

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The very talented Ben Newman is the man behind our brilliant flyer image for October.

Ben has a new exhibition called ‘Masks’ on now at the Nobrow Gallery.  We recommend you get down to Great Eastern Street and take a look.

More info here

Keep an eye out for the next mask in the Social series which will be in shops, flyer packs and of course The Social from early November.












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Jarvis Cocker at The Faber Social

The Faber Social night was back last Monday with an all start cast of literary big guns including Hanif KureishiEdna O’BrienStuart Evers + Sarah Hall.

That line up was obviously enough for a packed house but Faber decided to surprise us all with an extra guest, none other than Jarvis Cocker.

The night was predictably brilliant from start to finish, capped off by a song from Jarvis.

Read more about the night on the Faber Thought Fox blog review

Faber have just released Jarvis Cocker’s book ‘Mother, Brother, Lover’ a selection of sixty-six lyrics, presented with commentary and an introduction by the man himself.

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