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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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Rough Trade Books presents… The Editions

Rough Trade Books presents… The Editions

Monday 23rd July

Rough Trade Editions comes hurtling out of the blocks with their first twelve pamphlets—twelve small good things to encourage, console, renew and rewire the world for their readers. Come celebrate at the launch party on Monday 23rd July at The Social, Little Portland Street where Salena Godden brings forth the fire of her recent work on resistance and rebellion, Olly Todd reconfigures a world of fractured time, the slipperiness of memory and dislocation and Joe Dunthorne lovingly skewers the eccentric heroism of the small poetry presses in a new short fiction. David Keenan and Sophy Hollington re-build our symbolic present with a radical tarot for the counter-culture presented as a work of experimental fiction (check out the exhibition in the upstairs bar whilst you’re there too).  Kirk Lake tells the last act of the story of Randolph Turpin, the Leamington Licker, and through it a story of the corruption of capital, pride and identity, while Babak Ganjei’s acts as DJ for the evening playing music that might soundtrack his pamphlet Film Ideas which presents a simultaneously melancholy and hilarious satire of the film world.

TICKETS

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Third Man at The Social

Some words from TMR in Nashville . .

‘Friday June 29th, join us at The Social to celebrate a week of sold out Jack White shows in London with a takeover of the Social, curated by Third Man Records. The Social, with it’s familial atmosphere, eclectic and soulful programming, and goofball decadence is in many ways a UK based home away from home for Third Man Records. London noise pop deconstructionists, YAK, headline amid a din of chaos and Birmingham scumbag rock n rollers Swampmeat Family Band warm your greasy cockles to start out the live duties. Third Man DJs start the night and NTS DJs Whirldfuzzz join on the 1’s and 2’s with garage and psych from around the world.’

The initial FREE tickets allocation for this show is now gone . . we’ll be releasing another bunch in the coming weeks:

JOIN THE MAILING HERE TO FIND OUT FIRST ABOUT THEM BEING RELEASED

 

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World Cup at The Social

We’ll be following Gareth all the way . . 

Book a table now for the semi final! over here —->>>> —->>

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NIGHT BEATS at The Social!!

HEAVENLY RECORDINGS presents: Night Beats

Night Beats bring their sexy, raucous revved up psychedelic R&B to The Social for Prison Tan Series!

LIVE

NIGHT BEATS

DJs

Aaron Fletcher (77:78)

Heavenly Jukebox

+more

Night Beats play pure psychedelic R&B music that spikes the punch and drowns your third eye in sonic waves of colour. Theirs is a bastard blues, contorted and distorted into new shapes for 21st century wastoids – once tasted never forgotten. This is music to melt your sorry little minds.

FREE TICKET

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Q Presents The Making Of…Gruff Rhys, Babelsberg

In the second of our Q Presents The Making Of… series, on Thursday 14 June we will host a special, strictly-limited capacity event at The Social in Little Portland Street, London, W1 with Gruff Rhys. 

Q writer Tom Doyle will join the Super Furry Animals frontman for an intimate evening of conversation about the making of Gruff’s brilliant new album, Babelsberg. What are the songs about? How did he design them? Accompanied by his acoustic guitar, Gruff will reveal all. He’ll also sign and sell copies too.

Tickets are limited and on sale now from here

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June

JUNE SOCIAL

PRISON TAN SERIES – FRIDAYS THIS SUMMER

The PRISON TAN SERIES lands for a summer takeover in the basement this June- FREE ENTRY live gigs and DJs every week. Over the course of 13 air conditioned Fridays this June, July and August we’re teaming up with some of the greatest labels in the land (and Nashville!) and a load of bands and zines we love to run a weekly festival in the basement. Always free entry, 241 drinks before 8pm and the best live music, DJs and vibes anywhere in W1.

Friday 1st June – LAUNCH PARTY with HEAVENLY JUKEBOX // JUKEBOX JUNIORS

Friday 8th June – THE BRISTOL GERM with MXLX // E B U // SCALPING DJs

Friday 15th June – COLD LIPS with SEX CELLS // VOODOOTRON // DOUGLAS HART // LOL HAMMOND // KIRSTY ALLISON // SUPER SPESH SECRET SURPRISE WRITER: BILLY CHILDISH

Friday 22nd June – CXR // BONES SHAKE

Friday 29th June – THIRD MAN RECORDS TAKEOVER

More parties in July and August with takeovers from Heavenly (featuring a special Night Beats show!), The International Teachers of Pop, Speedy Wunderground, Nadine Shah, Friendly Records, Girls On Film, Art is Hard, a CALM fundraiser and more!

Free entry – every Friday in June, July and August – check website for more details.

BAGGY MONDAYS GLASTONBURY THURSDAY SPECIAL MEETS ENGLAND VS BELGUIM IN THE WORLD CUP UPTOWN!

On Thursday 28th June what with Glastonbury having a year off it was a no brainer for us to invite BAGGY MONDAYS to host their now completely legendary Thursday night Glastonbury party with us back here at their original home. The Baggy basement takeover will also include full coverage of the probably crucial ENGLAND VS BELGIUM game at the WORLD CUP. The Social’s longest-running night (Est. 2002) is back for more Madchester-powered indie disco mayhem. Expect the Roses, the Mondays, New Order, The Charlatans, Inspirals, Blur, Shed Seven and dancing on the concrete tables.

SATURDAYS

Perfect Social club takeovers every week in the basement + resident Social DJs every week in the top bar. BLUE RINSE is a trip through time and hit every decade head on – Disco, Indie, RnB, Motown, Hip Hop, Pop, Funk and Soul, plucking every musical heartstring along the way. Morrissey to Meatloaf, Elvis to Eminem. Sometimes going to the edge of cheese, sometimes the brink of obscure but they will always stay true to simply playing GREAT MUSIC! (2nd June). The mighty TROJAN RECORDS continue to celebrate their 50th anniversary and this time out Oxman’s birthday too with resident Mistah Brown at the controls (9th June). Whilst STUDIO 45 keeps everyone on their toes with their ska, reggae and soul scorchers and incredible special guest selectors Dave Edwards and French Fred + Dean Thatcher (30th June).

THURSDAYS

Head down each week and find some of London’s best DJs and music lovers laying down nothing but good music. No dancefloor pressure, no genre, just great records. 

Including appearances from ANNE FRANKENSTEIN and her collection of sublime vinyl selections, BUGGED OUT’S LITTLE BUGGER mixing everything from techno to rnb, original Social crew GOOD BLOCK bringing the deeper side of their world club, ROUGH TRADE DJs, JACK SELLEN, HEAVENLY JUKEBOX and lots more – keep an eye on the website, our weekly mail out and Social media for news.

LIVE AT THE SOCIAL

Tuesday 5th June – THE FIX with RINA MUSHONGA // FREDDIE LONG // DOM McALLISTER // SPECIAL GUEST

Wednesday 6th June – THE QUIETUS SOCIAL with BLACK MIDI

Thursday 7th June – SINK YA TEETH // MK_ULTRA // A CERTAIN RATIO SOUND SYSTEM

Friday 8th June – THE BRISTOL GERM with MXLX // E B U // SCALPING DJs

Tuesday 8th May – HUW STEPHENS PRESENTS with DYLAN CARTLIDGE // PIZZA GIRL // SOCK

Monday 11th June – NEVERFADE SESSIONS with WARD THOMAS + ALICE + JAMIE YOST + MELANIE BAKER

Friday 15th June – COLD LIPS with SEX CELLS // VOODOOTRON // DOUGLAS HART // LOL HAMMOND // KIRSTY ALLISON // SUPER SPESH SECRET SURPRISE WRITER: BILLY CHILDISH

Wednesday 20th June – VENTURA NIGHTS with THE LUCK

Thursday 21st June – MOINE DUBH SUMMER SOLSTICE SPECIAL with MOINE DUBH LABLE CREW // ANDREW WEATHERALL DJ SET

Friday 22nd June – CXR // BONES SHAKE // C&S (DJ SET)

Tuesday 26th June – AMBIENCE CHASERS #16 with ULRICH SCHNAUSS (DJ SET // SONIC CATHEDRAL DJS // LIVE GUESTS

Wednesday 27th June – AMiR // GUESTS

Friday 29th June – THIRD MAN RECORDS TAKEOVER

TALKS AT THE SOCIAL

Wednesday 13th June – GREAT FOOTBALL ADVENTURES – A remote island in the Pacific. War-torn Lebanon. The heart of football’s spiritual home. Join us for an intimate look at the beautiful game in some of the world’s most unique places. An evening of talks with DARYL WILLARD about football in Azerbaijan, DOM BLISS author of Erbstein: Football’s Forgotten Pioneer and MATT WALKER photographer, writer and football fan  who set himself a simple challenge: to experience top level football in all 55 of Europe’s football nations in one year.

Thursday 14th June – Q PRESENTS THE MAKING OF… – In the second of our Q Presents The Making Of… series, on Thursday 14 June we will host a special, strictly-limited capacity with Gruff Rhys. Q writer Tom Doyle will join the Super Furry Animals frontman for an intimate evening of conversation about the making of Gruff’s brilliant new album, Babelsberg. What are the songs about? How did he design them? Accompanied by his acoustic guitar, Gruff will reveal all. He’ll also sign and sell copies too.

Monday 18th June – FABER SOCIAL PRESENTS PALFEST – Faber Social are back for a second year with the Palfest with an extraordinary bill featuring TEJU COLE,  EDNA O’BRIEN, OMAR ROBERT HAMILTON, SABRINA MAHFOUZ, RICHARD SCOTT + music from the HEAVENLY JUKEBOX.

EXHIBITIONS AT THE SOCIAL

AUTONOMIC TAROT – Sophy Hollington and David Keenan (starts June 1st)

Autonomic Tarot is the product of a collaboration between writer, David Keenan and artist, Sophy Hollington. The pair have combined forces to create a linocut tarot deck that retains an umbilical to the card’s archaic roots, yet future-visions it as a glam-punk portal deep into the Now. The deck accompanies (and was born from) Keenan’s experimental novella To Run Wild In It and both will be published by Rough Trade Books this summer. Original prints of the tarot artwork by Sophy Hollington will be on display at The Social from 1st June – 24th July.

 

WORLD CUP AT THE SOCIAL

We’ll be showing all the big game at the bar including of course all the England matches on big screens – drop us a line to book a table

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