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Hot Wax

Central London’s greatest new weekly party is here in one of W1’s last remaining and best loved music venues. 

The Social has been throwing parties for 20 years with everyone from Fatboy Slim to Fat White Family, The Chemical Brothers and Hot Chip, Aphex Twin and Adele all playing in the basement on Little Portland St.

Now presenting it’s first ever dedicated student club night, HOT WAX every Thursday!!

+ CHEAP BEERS 

+ CHEAP SHOTS

+ SUPER CHEAP ENTRY 

+ GUARANTEED HOT WAX ON THE DECKS

+ STUDENT DISCOUNTS // MEMBERSHIP DEALS 

+ 100% VIBES 

King Gizzard And The Lizard Wizard//Tame Impala//Oh Sees//Shame//IDLES//Fat White Family//Blur//Goat Girl//LCD Soundsystem//The Libertines//ASAP Rocky//The Strokes//Franz Ferdinand//The Maccabees//Radiohead//New Order//Hot Chip//Gorillaz//Florence And The Machine//Jamie T//Ty Segall//Protomartyr//Parquet Courts//Childish Gambino//Black Lips//St Vincent//Kendrick Lamar//Arcade Fire//OutKast//Tribe Called Quest//MGMT//Lorde//MF Doom//Arctic Monkeys//The Horrors//Kasabian//Wolf Alice//King Krule//The Orielles//Kanye West//Courtney Barnett//Beyonce//The XX//MIA//Queens Of The Stone Age//Run The Jewels//Wu-Tang Clan//Charlotte Gainsbourg//Omni//Ought//Yeah Yeah Yeahs//Ghostpoet//Nadine Shah//HMLTD//Vampire Weekend//Nirvana//The White Stripes//Beck//Mac DeMarco//Car Seat Headrest//Pond//Temples//Ariel Pink//The Growlers//Twin Peaks//Fidlar//Hookworms//The Lemon Twigs//Drenge//Conan Mockasin//The Modern Lovers//Hinds//The Kills//OFWGKTA//Beastie Boys and MORE!

Starts 8pm upstairs – then until LATE in the basement

£3 on the door

Free guest list via DICE.

EVERY THURSDAY

Join the Social family . . . Believe in Magic!

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The Orielles and The Social Present: Disco Wrists

A brand new free club night from The Orielles at Heavenly’s London venue The Social! 

LAUNCH PARTY FRIDAY 12TH OCT!

When The Orielles are not out on the road playing gigs they spend their time listening to hot jams, assembling playlists for each another and spend many a night on the decks at friends’ parties. Recently the band decided to exhibit their disco-groove love in public – for The Pastels at their show in Manchester, Greenman Festival in Wales and a New Years Eve set in Manchester’s Northern Quarter . . and now, we’re very excited to announce, a three date residency at The Social in London!

The Orielles and friends will blend 90s dance grooves, 70s disco, world music and more to create a feel-good atmosphere that will have everyone boogying all night long!

Launch Party on Friday 12th Oct and then two more parties before the end of the year on 30th Nov and 21st Dec for a special Christmas party.

Free entry – 1900-0100

Join the Facebook event for updates

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The Orielles and The Social Present: Disco Wrists

A brand new free club night from The Orielles at Heavenly’s London venue The Social! 

LAUNCH PARTY FRIDAY 12TH OCT!

When The Orielles are not out on the road playing gigs they spend their time listening to hot jams, assembling playlists for each another and spend many a night on the decks at friends’ parties. Recently the band decided to exhibit their disco-groove love in public – for The Pastels at their show in Manchester, Greenman Festival in Wales and a New Years Eve set in Manchester’s Northern Quarter . . and now, we’re very excited to announce, a three date residency at The Social in London!

The Orielles and friends will blend 90s dance grooves, 70s disco, world music and more to create a feel-good atmosphere that will have everyone boogying all night long!

Launch Party on Friday 12th Oct and then two more parties before the end of the year on 30th Nov and 21st Dec for a special Christmas party.

Free entry – 1900-0100

Join the Facebook event for updates

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Some September Highlights

SEPTEMBER SOCIAL

Here’s some highlights of what you can find at The Social this September – live shows, club nights, a new exhibition and, of course, always good vibes . . believe in magic.

LIVE SHOWS

The Quietus Social with Gently Tender
Wednesday 5th Sept

First of two Quietus Social events this month, featuring the new band Gently Tender, named for the Invisible String Band track of the same title, were formed by Sam Fryer, Pete Mayhew and Will Doyle from the ashes of their old band Palma Violets, along with The Big Moon’s Celia Archer on keyboard and guitarist Adam Brown.

Huw Stephens Presents Adwaith + guests
Tuesday 11th Sept

Huw Stephens’ (BBC Radio One) night in our basement is one of London’s longest running and very best new music nights. Every month presenting three new bands and always free for you to come and check stuff out. Adwaith from Carmarthen join us this month.

Creation23 Presents Rubber Jaw
Thursday 13th Sept

35 years after the birth of one of the most successful and iconic independent record labels, Creation Records, maverick founder and music mogul Alan McGee launches Creation23. First release on the new 7 inch label is Rubber Jaw who’ll be headlining tonight’s party.

The Quietus Social with Black Country, New Road
Wednesday 19th Sept

The good people of Nervous Conditions are back with a new name and a beautifully adjusted lineup, and they are brill: Black Country, New Road make south London experimental rocknroll goodness with added violin and saxophone. With support from Self Help aka our own John Doran doing vocals with heavy electronics player Mark Dicker.

Spectres + Bo Gritz
Wednesday 26th Sept

This September will see Spectres embarking on a selective run of dates to road test the new material from their forthcoming third LP, including a small London show right here at The Social. 100% one not to be missed.

TOP CLUBS

Trojan Records
Saturday 8th Sept

The official London club night of Trojan Records can be found every month here on Little Portland St. This month resident Mistah Brown is joined by the mighty Dub Organiser Sound Crew in the form of top selectors Stu Tolhurst and Keith Lawrence alongside the legend that is RS Digital!

8th World
Friday 14th Sept

The mysterious 8th World crew have been summoned back to the basement for another of their irregular parties. As ever it’s ‘DJs TBC’, but you can expect a mix of funk/soul/disco/house/techno/electro/hip-hop/dancehall . . and more.

Lost In Disco
Saturday 15th Sept

Almost sold out! A new intimate home for the Lost In Disco crew, still the same raucous party with a soundtrack of disco, soul, funk, rare groove and assorted 70s and 80s dance bangers. Non-stop hip shaking from the off, with massive disco hits from the likes of Earth Wind & Fire, Chaka Khan, The Jacksons and Chic, plus rare groove, the greatest in Philly dancefloor magic, dancers, face glitter and the spirit of Studio 54.

Hot100 – London International Ska festival
Saturday 22nd Sept

A very special fundraiser for the irreplaceable London International Ska Festival. Starring 10 of their favourite DJs, singers & producers each selecting their 10 favourite ska, rocksteady & reggae dancefloor tunes. The place is going to be jumping! Featuring Lynval Golding (The Specials), Freddie Notes (Trojan legend), Wrongtom, Nick Manasseh, Mistah Brown, Alan Handscombe, Gio One Stop, Nanker Phelge, Simon Cobb + of course Sean Flowerdew.

Studio 45

Saturday 29th Sept

Soul. Reggae. Ska. R’n’B. Keeping you on your toes every month with resident selector Dean Thatcher plus this months’ special guests Dean Rudland and Adrian Jae. In loving memory of Stephen Saunders

NEW EXHIBITION

Laura Lewis – Passion 202

Photographer Laura Lewis discovered her fascination for the interiors of Tokyo love hotels while shooting in Japan. Photographed on 35mm film with an almost forensic approach, this series uncovers the rooms that numerous couples have hired for intimacy, anonymity and privacy. The series focuses on the rooms’ dated, slightly grubby, and gross-yet-beautiful interiors. We are shown the perfunctory, prescriptive and precision-placed articles and objects that act as the punctuation to sex, and are guided into the transient world of rooms hired for lovers’ fleeting encounters.

 

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Prison Tan with Suitman Jungle + Vonica

Friday 31st August

The final Prison Tan party of the year . . our series of 13 free Fridays night parties comes to close on the very last day of summer.

TICKETS

Thanks to all who have made them so special.

Could not be happier to announce that Suitman Jungle and Vonica are our guests for tomorrow’s party (Friday 31st) + DJs. Same plan as the last 12 weeks – drinks out from from after work until basement doors at 8pm. Upstairs bar open all day! 241 beers and cocktails before 9pm! FREE ENTRY

Suitman Jungle plays live jungle and drum and bass mash-ups using a cocktail drumkit and an SPD-SX. It’s incredible. Vonica brings a heady, euphoric and beautifully hypnotic mix of colour in support. Stage times 2100 and 2200.

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New Exhibition: Laura Lewis – Passion 202

Nicotine-stained walls, garish and dated design, practical wipe-clean furniture: the love hotel rooms documented in Passion 202 aren’t perhaps the environment everyone fantasises about for a romantic rendezvous. 

Photographer Laura Lewis discovered her fascination for the interiors of Tokyo love hotels while shooting in Japan. Photographed on 35mm film with an almost forensic approach, this series uncovers the rooms that numerous couples have hired for intimacy, anonymity and privacy. The series focuses on the rooms’ dated, slightly grubby, and gross-yet-beautiful interiors. We are shown the perfunctory, prescriptive and precision-placed articles and objects that act as the punctuation to sex, and are guided into the transient world of rooms hired for lovers’ fleeting encounters.

Exhibition runs at The Social from Sept 10th until October 15th in association with the good people at Rough Trade Books

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Not Going to Green Man, Man (at Prison Tan)

Friday 17th August

DJs: Pete Fowler, Sid Newman + Acid Mojito!

We LOVE Green Man, easily one of the best festivals anywhere in the world so we are a tiny bit gutted to be missing it.

The bloody Heavenly Jukebox and Token Girl DJs have gone en masse to Green Man to witness King Gizzard in all their might tear the main stage to pieces . . BUT WHO CARES because Prison Tan continues so come and here and listen to a load of fantastic Green Man inspired music in W1 and of course it’s FREE. Graeme and the Social crew are going to make sure Little Portland St is just as much fun, almost, probably. 

NEWS JUST IN: Pete Fowler is playing tonight! We’re getting Pete out of the studio and into the basement for a rare treat downstairs from 2000-2300, so be an early bird.

Sid from Rough Trade will be taking care of upstairs all night with the coolest house-party-meets-record-shop-uptown selections. 

Whilst downstairs our very own Acid Mojito is going to do a special Gizzard inspired set at the same time the band hit the main stage in Wales + and then goes full acid-house-big-beat-twerk-out to keep things rocking until 1am. 

Free entry 

241 beer and cocktail until 9pm with a free membership card

Always good vibes . . 

PS. To all those down there on site – rock it man, we know you will!

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The Quietus Social 5th September – Gently Tender

The clue really is in the name here. After years of going to The Social to meet, eat, drink, dance, listen to great writers and hear great music, The Quietus is collaborating with the boss venue for an ongoing series of gigs and get-togethers: The Quietus Social.

Kicking off once every three months, the lineups always packed with indie splurge. Always on the pulse, The Quietus have brought us Goat Girl, they’ve brought us Black Midi and now… They bring us Gently Tender on 5th September!

Gently Tender, named for the Invisible String Band track of the same title, were formed by Sam Fryer, Pete Mayhew and Will Doyle from the ashes of their old band Palma Violets, along with The Big Moons Celia Archer on keyboard and guitarist Adam Brown.

LIVE

Gently Tender

+ Special treats
+ Quietus DJs

TICKETS

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Trojan This Saturday!

T R O J A N
Trojan Records’ Official Club Night presents…
SIR NATION meets HOTSPUR HI-POWAH

Saturday 11th Aug – 1900-0100 – Free entry

This month we welcome revival scene legend PINTY (Sir Nation Sound System) and top selector MARK HARRIS (Hotspur Hi-Powah) to the Social controls for August’s edition of the official Trojan Records party!

They’ll be digging extra deep to unearth more hidden treasures from one if the greatest musical back catalogues of all time! And then playing them to us!

Dancing shoes, as always, mandatory!

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.

Now in its 50th year, Trojan Records continues its long-standing tradition of presenting the very best in vintage ska, rocksteady and reggae sounds for your dancing pleasure!

Run come celebrate with us on the 2nd Saturday of EVERY month!

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Q Presents The Making Of… Resistance Is Futile By Manic Street Preachers

In the third instalment of our Q The Making Of… series on the 19th July we host a special, one-off, strictly-limited capacity event with James Dean Bradfield of Manic Street Preachers. The singer, guitarist and co-songwriter will be joined by producer and long-term Manics collaborator Dave Eringa as the pair discuss the genesis of the band’s brilliant 13th album Resistance Is Futile.

The album reached number two in the UK charts upon its release in April. In a 4/5 review, Q said that the band “sound revitalized by the radiance of these songs.” Bradfield and Eringa will reveal if that was the case during an evening of conversation with Q’s Niall Doherty, touching on the creation and journey of each track, as well as fielding questions from the audience and treating the crowd to a few stripped-down renditions.

Tickets for the intimate event are available from DICE here.

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