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The Social’s January Festival of Drinking – Beer

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Next week – as part of January’s retox calendar and our fifteenth birthday celebrations – the Social begins a new, rolling beer festival.

In partnership with the country’s greatest craft beer wholesalers Liberty, we’ll be expanding and experimenting with our bottle range with different beers by our current favourite brewers (Tiny Rebel, Moor, Kernel) and a few other choice seasonal creations. There should be an extra special keg or two on sale too.

Over the coming months, we’ll have proper tap takeovers which we’ll flag up well in advance (make a note now for St David’s Day and a one-off appearance by the legendary Welsh House Mafia with suitable liquid accompaniment). See you at the bar then.

Starts on Tuesday 7th January in the Top Bar from 6pm – free entry

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Heavenly Social – Guests Announced

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After the launch party for the Heavenly Social on Friday 10th January, we’ll be joined by at least one special guest each week in the basement.

On Friday 17th January JUSTIN ROBERTSON will be playing records alongside our residents. Justin has been part of The Social family since the very beginning and we’re well happy that he’s coming to man the decks for us again. One of the world’s finest DJs and finest gentlemen, the Heavenly Social is in safe hands on the 17th.

Then on Friday 24th January DJ DIE will be heading up from Bristol. His set in The Stonebridge Bar at Glastonbury last year was one of the undoubted highlights of our weekend. Effortlessly taking in drum and bass, disco, funk and boogie in a 90 minute whirlwind. He’s a properly brilliant DJ and one of the first names on our list when it came to booking guests for the new night.

Both these events are free entry all night to all our members . . and membership is FREE! Just email Carl in advance for a card.

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House Party People # 9 – Ragga Twins

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The final HHP post before our big House Party NYE party tomorrow – introducing our very special guests, the legendary Ragga Twins!

We’re down to the final 50 tickets for this party – they are available here

What’s been you best party of the year so far?

Jungle Mania at The Coronet

What’s your biggest track of 2013?

1234 with Mark Pritchard

What can we expect from your NYE set at our House Party?

You can expect a lot of vibes, energy & lyrics

What have you got planned for 2014?

For 2014 we have a new album coming out and some big features, look out for the ones with Skrillex

What’s your tip for house parties?

Drink, rave and be happy

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House Party People # 8 – Drums of Death

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The first of our two headliners for our House Party NYE is Drums of Death. He took a little time on the way back from his Boxing Day gig in Athens to answer our 6 HPP questions.

The last remaining tickets for NYE are on sale now.

What’s been your best party of the year so far?

Probably in Austria during spring where I played an underground venue. I was playing until 6am and it was a real arse-shaker, played it raw, jacking and funky. Everyone in that club was a total freak, such a great vibe.  The room was incredibly hot though and I was just sweating like mad so I ended up DJing in my Calvin Kleins.

What’s your biggest track of 2013?

My own track ‘True’ featuring Yasmin has done so much for me this year. A ton of radio play and everyone knows it when I play.  For a tune that just doesn’t leave my sets that would have to be either The Martinez Brothers’ remix of D’Julz or Detroit Swindle’s ‘The Make Up’.

What can we expect from your NYE set at our House Party?

A rolling journey through pumping house, melodic techno and some pure party killers.

What have you got planned for 2014?

My new album, a bunch of singles, my new album, some collaborations, producing some other artists, my new album and a crap load of touring. Oh, and my new album. Did I say that already?

What’s your tip for house parties?

1. Have a strong door policy. Keep the randoms who look shifty out.

2. Get a large plastic box, fill with ice and use that to chill the bottles of spirits, mixers etc…. It’s rather more functional than a fridge as they get full very quickly.

3. Invite your neighbours, get them exceedingly drunk. Become the best of friends (for a night).

4. Have a DJ or a playlist. Do NOT invite people to play music from Youtube. Unless you want to hear ‘Blurred Lines’ 15 times interspersed with video clips of people falling over. Sometimes I think humanity is doomed.

5. Don’t worry about the mess. Just have fun and get on clean-up duties in the morning. You’re rolling the dice and hoping nothing terrible happens. The only way to avoid that fear is… Use someone else’s house.

Tell us about your best ever NYE

I cannot remember much about my favourite NYEs which may or may not be a sign that I was enjoying them. If anyone can let me know what I was doing then I’d be most grateful. Thanks.

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NYE House Party at The Social

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>>> Special guests:

Ragga Twins (live)


Drums of Death

Rob Pursey


Found A Cure


Heavenly Jukebox


Mr Midnight

Mum Jeans & Mugg Life

Jimmy Plates

Le Cog Sportif

+ more to be announced

£15 tickets available now

>>> In true house party fashion you’ll find all musical bases covered from jungle rave horns to R-rated hip hop and RnB, house 12s and soul 45s, disco, dancehall and no shortage of 100% surefire dancefloor dynamite.

Two floors of NYE house party energy smack bang in the centre of town! 

<<< In the Upstairs Bar (“where everybody knows you name”) find a booth, a barstool or a spot by the jukebox and let the good times roll through to midnight. Free ‘Norm Peterson’ cocktail from 9-10pm from the specially created NYE menu. Expect soul, funk, yacht rock, disco, cosmic american music, hip hop and inevitably some stone cold party anthems.

>>> In the Basement things get a bit more lively with our very special guests, the legendary Ragga Twins performing live on stage before midnight. They’ll be joined by a host of our favourite DJs including special guest Drums of Death and a midnight set from Rob Pursey (Hip Hop Karaoke / Rated R / Players Ball / Southern Hospitality), classic house and garage from Found A Cure and of course our very own Heavenly Jukebox.

Facebook event

FINAL nye poster BIG PURSEY copy

First ticket release £5 (SOLD OUT)

Second release £10 (SOLD OUT)

Third release £15

9pm-late

£15 tickets available now

 

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House Party People # 7 – Mr Midnight

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Number seven is Mr Midnight – the other House Party planner, Adam will be keeping the vibes locked to ‘great’ upstairs on the 31st.

We’re on the last release of tickets for the party now.

What’s been your best party of the year so far?

When Le Cog Sportif moved in downstairs this summer. I made a rainbow salad.

Biggest track of 2013?

Biggest: Beautiful – Miguel & Mariah Carey.

Best: Are You With Me Now – Cate Le Bon.

What can we expect from your NYE set at our House Party ?

Bodacious country soul to smooth dadrock. Think Lowell George on a rum bender.

What have you got planned for 2014 ?

I’m coming out of retirement.

What’s top tip for house parties ?

Plenty of ice.

Tell me about your best ever NYE

The last time I teamed up with Carlos (who runs the social) to run a NYE it was pretty special. We’ve been trying to top it ever since…

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House Party People # 6 – Heavenly Jukebox

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We’re now on the third and final release of tickets for NYE and (fingers crossed) we’re looking like we’re going to sell out in advance. Get yours now!

Part six of the House Party People posts catches up with Carl, one part of the Heavenly Jukebox.

What’s been your best party of the year so far?

We played on two ‘boats’ this year, the galleon in the the middle of the lake at Secret Garden Party and HMS Bestival – both were incredible fun. However, it’s got to be Glastonbury, every time. The Stonebridge Bar (which we curate) was on fire this year with Fat Boy Slim, Greg Wilson, Jackmaster, Daniel Avery, James Blake, Jagwar Ma, Psychemagik and lots of others all playing over the weekend. The Saturday night was THE ONE though . . Jarvis Cocker and Steve Mackey kicked it off, Toddla T, Martelo, Mele, Stylo G, Rudimental and then The 2 Bears through until daylight. Pure good vibes from start to finish. Such amazing music and such a lovely crew of people.

Biggest track of 2013?

Hard to choose one but the A-side of Secret Squirrels #2 reminds me of a summer of festivals. I played it loads and it has never failed to get the same amazing reaction.

What can we expect from your NYE set at our House Party ?

I’ll be warming up for the Ragga Twins so i’ll be taking it through from the start of the night to stage time. It’s going to be a straight house party set from me, lots of slightly battered 12s, winding it right through the gears to jungle.

What have you got planned for 2014 ?

We’re going to be taking up residency every Friday night in the basement for the return of the Heavenly Social. It’s 15 years since the bar opened on Little Portland Street and 20 years since the original parties at The Albany. We’re really looking forward to playing every week at the bar and we have some great guests lined up too, some of the old regulars and residents from The Albany and Turnmills and lots of new faces too.

What’s your top tip for house parties ?

I once took about 10 litres of cider from Roger Wilkins’ farm to a house party. His cider would be my top tip for any party – proper trippy.

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Tell me about your best ever NYE 

Seriously, I can’t wait for this one. Ragga Twins in the basement is going to be lively.

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House Party NYE at The Social

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>>> Special guests:

Ragga Twins (live)


Drums of Death

Rob Pursey


Found A Cure


Heavenly Jukebox


Mr Midnight

Mum Jeans & Mugg Life

Jimmy Plates

Le Cog Sportif

+ more to be announced

£15 tickets available now

>>> In true house party fashion you’ll find all musical bases covered from jungle rave horns to R-rated hip hop and RnB, house 12s and soul 45s, disco, dancehall and no shortage of 100% surefire dancefloor dynamite.

Two floors of NYE house party energy smack bang in the centre of town! 

<<< In the Upstairs Bar (“where everybody knows you name”) find a booth, a barstool or a spot by the jukebox and let the good times roll through to midnight. Free ‘Norm Peterson’ cocktail from 9-10pm from the specially created NYE menu. Expect soul, funk, yacht rock, disco, cosmic american music, hip hop and inevitably some stone cold party anthems.

>>> In the Basement things get a bit more lively with our very special guests, the legendary Ragga Twins performing live on stage before midnight. They’ll be joined by a host of our favourite DJs including special guest Drums of Death and a midnight set from Rob Pursey (Hip Hop Karaoke / Rated R / Players Ball / Southern Hospitality), classic house and garage from Found A Cure and of course our very own Heavenly Jukebox.

Facebook event

FINAL nye poster BIG PURSEY copy

First ticket release £5 (SOLD OUT)

Second release £10 (SOLD OUT)

Third release £15

9pm-late

£15 tickets available now

 

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House Party People # 5 – Le Cog Sportif

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Le Cog Sportif AKA Adrian Cogger is next up in our House Party People series as we build up to our BIG NYE party on the 31st.

Tickets still available for £10

What’s been you best party of the year so far?

It was on a boat in Berlin. We stumbled aboard at around 9:30 on a Saturday morning with no idea what to expect, only to discover two decks of the most genial ravers we’ve come across in a long time. I have no idea who was DJing, but with a crowd that friendly it didn’t matter. I bloody love Berlin.

What’s your biggest track of 2013?

Think Of U (Parts 1&2) [LNTG Rework]. It’s a re-edit of Chic’s “I Want Your Love”. I know, I know, there are loads of edits of this record knocking about, but LNTG has done something a bit different with this one. I first heard it when he played Corsica Studios in the summer and it absolutely raised the roof. It encapsulates most of the things I love about dance music in a single record.

What can we expect from your NYE set at our House Party?

Imagine if David Mancuso had spent more time in the UK and joined CAMRA. It’ll be the set he would have played. Seriously though, you never really know what people are going to be up for in the bar, so I’ll try and feed off them I guess. Ideally I’ll take people from nods of approval and gentle finger-tapping to unabashed table-top-raving. It will probably involve a scattering of Motown and a big slice of Chic. Hopefully it will involve some mid-nineties house. It will probably not involve requests for R’n’B.

What have you got planned for 2014?

Starting a new night with a couple of other DJs called “West Side Boogie”. Look out for it!

What’s your tip for House Parties

Always bring booze. A bag of ice always goes down well too. If you don’t know the host find them as soon as you can to introduce yourself and say thanks. It sounds old fashioned but people always appreciate that. It also takes their mind off the cleaning up you’re not going to help with later on.

Tell us about your best ever NYE.

08-09 was a belter. We hosted a house party where everyone dressed in Hi-Viz clothing. Early on in the night a light fitting started dripping so we had to cut the power. Watching Carl and Zane bickering about how best to isolate the offending circuit while dressed, essentially, as workman, was a moment of accidental comedy genius: Never have two incompetent buffoons looked, to the casual observer, so in command of the task in hand. At the stroke of midnight we killed the house lights, flicking on a blacklight and a police beacon, all to “Sound of da Police”. There was also THAT mask…

. . Adrian will be joining on NYE – more info with the full line up here

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House Party People # 4 – Jimmy Plates

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What’s been your best party of the year so far?

I have to say Glastonbury, everybody has their magical festival experience and the sun was shining this year, I even went all in like Bear Grylls and camped! (I did have a few showers though)

Biggest track for you in 2013?

I loved playing this a few times, it was a big crowd pleaser over the summer.

What can we expect from your NYE set at our House Party?

No holds barred House Party classics from Back then to Right now, from Disco to Rap.

What have you got planned for 2014?

Working hard, being lucky and continue to do loads more fun stuff involving good people and good music.

What’s top tip for house parties?

Stash some snacks for later, you’ll be thankfull for some pringles or chicken goujons by 5am.

Tell us about your best ever NYE 

Sorry but I promised I wouldn’t tell all my mates.

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