Faber Social

Here’s what’s going on at the next three Faber Social events down the bar

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Faber Social and Rough Trade Shops Present Vinyl

2nd Apr 2013, 7:00 p.m.
The Social, 5 Little Portland Street, London W1

Ten years since the launch of iTunes, six years since the first UK Record Store Day, this April, in collaboration with Rough Trade Shops, Faber Social will be all about Vinyl.

Pete Paphides (BBC 6 Music’s Vinyl Revival) will spin some records and host some chat; Travis Elborough will take us on a trip through 60 years of recording history reading from his book The Long-Player Goodbye; a panel of industry experts including Jude Rogers and Spencer Hickman will wax lyrical about the life and love of vinyl; Simon Reynolds will be zipping in from LA to read from his new update of Energy Flash: A Journey Through Rave Music and Dance Culture; The Pogues founding member and accordion player James Fearnley will read from his story of the band’s life Here Comes Everybody (“It’s just how I imagine I’d remember it”- Shane MacGowan) and Workin’ Man Noise Unit will play a live set of tinnitus-inducing tantrum rock. Put the needle on the record.

Tickets £6 in advance / £8 on the door.

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Faber Social Presents Crime

7th May 2013, 7:00 p.m.
The Social, 5 Little Portland Street, London W1

In May Faber Social engages in some unlawfully bad behaviour to bring you an evening of music and literature from some of the best crime writers around.

Featuring new and bestselling fiction from multi-award-winning authors including Sophie Hannah (Kind of Cruel); SJ Watson (Before I Go To Sleep); RJ Ellory (A Simple Act of Violence), Stav Sherez (Eleven Days), Tom Benn (Chamber Music) and Russ Litten (Swear Down).

Tickets £5 in advance or £7 on the door.

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Faber Social Presents Power, Corruption & Lies

3rd Jun 2013, 7:00 p.m.
The Social, 5 Little Portland Street, London W1

Taking our lead from the title of the 1983 New Order album, June also marks 30 years since the start of the second Thatcher Ministry, so this month’s Faber Social is dedicated to Power, Corruption and Lies.

Speaking out against absolute power, corruption and lies is left-wing commentator, author (Chavs) and Independent columnist Owen Jones; saloniere and child of Thatcher Damian Barr will be reading from his powerful memoir Maggie & Me about the impact of growing up under Maggie’s controversial policies; followed by some free-speech from feminist activist, founder of UK Feminista and author of The Equality Illusion Kat Banyard; critic and award-winning writer Louise Doughty will look at the seduction of this month’s tripartite theme by reading from her thrilling new novel Apple Tree Yard; poet and author Owen Sheers will do a special reading from his powerful new verse-drama, as heard on BBC Radio 4, Pink Mist.

Tickets are £5 in advance or £7 on the door.

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Good Block is back and one!

To celebrate their belated 1st Birthday they’re heading back to our favourite Central London basement at The Social!


Myles Mears
Gigolo Medina
Pete Dee
Richard Foe
Sea O’Talk

Free before 9 – £5 after / £3 cheaplist

Names on the Facebook wall for cheaplist!


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4 track free download from Heavenly

Sign up to the Heavenly Recordings mailing list for your tasty 4 track FREE download featuring TOY, Charlie Boyer & The Voyeurs, Stealing Sheep & Temples!

Sign up HERE and a secret download link will make its way over to you.


1. Charlie Boyer and The Voyeurs – Be Nice
2. Stealing Sheep – Boys In The Band
3. Temples – Shelter Song (Society remix)
4. TOY – Left Myself Behind (Fearless Trans Love Energies remix)

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Dockwood by Jon McNaught

Our new exhibition comprises original artwork from Jon McNaught’s comic book ‘Dockwood’ Published by Nobrow in 2012. The French edition of Dockwood (Automne) won the Prix Révélation award at the Angouleme Festival this year.

Dockwood is a study of a cloudy tuesday in autumn, in a small english town. It follows a kitchen porter in a nursing home, and a paperboy delivering papers after school; both performing there daily tasks as the season changes around them. It is about small details of an ordinary day, from the brightly lit billboards to the restless starlings, from the daytime TV shows to the falling oak leaves.

The artwork is painted on 2 or 3 overlayed sheets of drafting Film (using brush and Ink), before being lithographically printed in spot colours. The images on display each consist of 2 seperate layers overlayed in the frame. Text and sometimes additional colours are added afterwards, and the pages are scaled down by 15 percent.

Jon McNaught lives in Bristol, England where he works as a printmaking instructor at the University of the West of England, he also produces comic books for Nobrow Press, sells prints with St Judes and is an illustrator and contributor for Caught by the River


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Hot Wuk Wednesdays

Every Wednesday Night

Hot Wuk Wednesdays is the weekly bashment dance spot, The Heatwave’s bashment headquarters.The Heatwave’s midweek party turns The Social basement into a mini Notting Hill Carnival. Get rum drunk and collect your free whistle and horn…you might see the most incredibly acrobatic dance move or hear the wickedest MC jumping on the mic. One thing is certain: the vibe will be INSANE. 100% smiling, 100% dancing, 100% big tunes.Every Wednesday we rave like it’s a Saturday!

Expect crazy wining, a million whistles and a thousand smiles. You will be dancing to the sounds of Vybz Kartel, Popcaan, Mavado, Sean Paul, Beenie Man, Stylo G, Konshens, Gappy Ranks, Mr Lexx, Gaza Slim, Mr Vegas, Lady Saw, I-Octane, Cecile and loads more.

£3 before 9pm / £5 before 10pm / £7 after

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Charity Super Bowl Screening

After three sold-out years the biggest game of the American Football season returns to The Social’s big screen on February 3rd from 8pm accompanied by the usual array of DJs, drinks offers and competitions.

It’s a celebration of all things Americana and it’s all followed by the match itself. The best bit? The entrance fee (every penny of it) goes straight to Shelter to help Britain’s homeless children.

Tickets available here 

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HHK on Radio One

This deserves a special mention.

Radio One’s Matt Edmondson is learning about hip hop so he took a couple of trips down to our very Hip Hop Karaoke to get a feel for the crowd and then perform. Check out the show here (12 minutes in) including an interview with London’s Greatest DJ, Rob Pursey, a chat with Travis, Olive and Webster Endeacott about their legendary Glastonbury performance and Matt’s performance at 5 Little Portland Street in full.


Listen here 



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Make The Social Yours

We’re changing how we do things on Saturday nights in 2013. 

Each week they’ll be great records and drinks, with DJs in the top bar playing 60s and 70s soul, rock n roll, funk, disco, boogie, psych and more. Guaranteed good vibes and sounds all night – grab a booth and settle down.

The basement is now available on Saturdays for special events, launches, one off gigs, parties and club nights. Keep an eye on the website for more details about what’s going on in the basement each week, but upstairs will always be open and FREE ENTRY all night.

Drop Carl an email to discuss using the bar for your event – carl@thesocial.com – We some May dates still available for events in the basement


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Re-tox with Faber

Faber Social invites you to RE-TOX on Tuesday 29th January  

Our first Faber Social of 2013 is free and will celebrate the gloriously restorative powers of alcohol, and in particular beer, with the UK premiere screening of a remarkable film by Maxy Bianco, The Can House.

Where else but in the Badlands of Hartlepool might you find a house, constructed Hansel and Gretel-like, out of 75,000 cans of Fosters?

Maxy Bianco’s 45 minute documentary on Hartlepool’s Can House and its architects/Tennants (sic) is a celebration of a folk-art phenomenon that only makes sense in the Northeast.

Here is a taster


Maxy will be in conversation with The Culture Show’s Michael Smith, after this unique screening of The Can House film.  Believe me: it is unmissable.

And there will be beer.

Email beckyf@faber.co.uk to reserve a place on the door.

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Song Reader Exhibition

Song Reader Exhibition

Song Reader by Beck Hansen is a unique collection of 20 new songs released as a compilation of sheet music, published by Faber and Faber in December 2012. We’re delighted to be exclusively exhibiting some of the fantastic artwork from the album on our walls throughout December.

‘After releasing an album in the mid-1990s, I was sent a copy of the sheet-music version by a publisher who had commissioned piano transcriptions and guitar- chord charts of everything on the original recording. Seeing the record’s sonic ideas distilled down to notation made it obvious that the songs weren’t intended to work that way. Reversing the process and putting together a collection of songs in book form seemed more natural – it would be an album that could only be heard by playing the songs . . .

. . . As for these songs, they’re here to be brought to life – or at least to remind us that, not so long ago, a song was only a piece of paper until it was played by someone. Anyone. Even you.’

Beck Hansen

Find out more about Song Reader

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