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Greensleeves

Saturday 6th May

The official Greensleeves Records club night hits The Social in London’s West End on the first Saturday of every month. What’s more it’s FREE ENTRY FOR ALL! Tell your friends!

Starring the mighty DUB ORGANISER SOUND CREW aka ITAL STU TOLHURST & KOOL KEITH LAWRENCE spinning classic & rare Greensleeves all night long alongside your regular host MISTAH BROWN (Tighten Up).

From Alimantado to Alborosie for forty years Greensleeves Records has stayed on top of the game in presenting the very best in reggae music. Through the dancehall dominance of ‘Junjo’ Lawes, King Jammy & Gussie Clarke to the outernational success of Barrington Levy, Eek-a-Mouse, Yellowman, Freddie McGregor, Gregory Isaacs, Shaggy, Beanie Man, Black Uhuru, The Wailing Souls and Mr Vegas to name but a few, Greensleeves has been the benchmark of quality since 1977!

Now teaming up with the world-famous London Intl Ska Festival, Greensleeves Records official club night hits London’s West End on the first Saturday of every month with world class DJs selecting the tunes that first inspired them from one of the greatest back catalogues of our times! And it’s 100% FREE!

REACH! And SKANK!

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Celebrating 40 Years of The Fall

Tuesday 23rd May

With special guests:

MEAT RAFFLE (LIVE)

+ AUSTIN COLLINGS (IN CONVERSATION)

On the 23rd May 1977 The Fall played their first ever public show, at the North West Arts Basement.

Exactly 40 years later, in the basement of The Social, we pay tribute to one of the greatest and most influential groups in modern music. Featuring Austin Collings in conversation, live music from Meatraffle, Fall records all night, projections of classic Fall footage, and a pop-up bookshop of titles inspired by the group.

TICKETS

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Easter Thursday: Kicks – Dynamite Sounds From A Heavenly Jukebox

Heavenly Jukebox and friends on Easter Thursday on both floors of The Social Little Portland St.

A free party with good music of all sorts (think disco, soul, funk, hip hop, afrobeat and lots more) from The Social’s very own Heavenly Jukebox – the DJ arm of Heavenly Recordings – and pals.

More info to follow but it’s free in and if you’re holding a memebrship card it’s 241 on all draft beer and cocktails until 8pm. Sonic Sandwich are on food duties too.

. . Believe In Magic

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Confidence Man

Wed 24th May

Live:

CONFIDENCE MAN

+ SINK YA TEETH (LIVE)

+ RAF DADDY & HEAVENLY JUKEBOX DJs

We’re excited to announce new Heavenly signing Confidence Man are coming to play The Social!

The band captured the attention of Australian radio station Triple J last year and secured a spot on their 2017 One’s to Watch list.

“One taste and you’re infected. Symptoms include sassy sing-talking, howling and boogie fever.“
– Triple J

It was a simple case of love at first listen”, Heavenly boss Jeff Barrett tells CMU. “Like hearing ‘Groove Is In The Heart’ for the first time. It was a joy of joys to discover that even after all these years I could still feel intoxicated after hearing a pop song”.

We’re delighted to have the band on Heavenly as they reveal their debut single Bubblegum.

Bubblegum’ is a joyful slice of imperfect pop, with flirty flutes, baggy grooves and sassy vocals. The track was mixed by Patrick Wimberly (Chairlift).

Email Carl to get on the free list for this show!

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Faber Social presents Palfest Social

Faber Social Presents

PALFEST SOCIAL

Featuring readings form

Viv Albertine | Hisham Matar | Eimear McBride | Edna O’Brien | Andrew O’Hagan

Plus

Special Guest DJ | Heavenly Jukebox

TICKETS

***All profits will be donated to Palfest***

 

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Baggy Mondays 15th Birthday Party!

Sat 20th may 

BAG15

The Social’s longest-running night celebrates its FIFTEENTH BIRTHDAY with more Madchester-powered indie disco mayhem at its latest Saturday night free party.

Expect the Roses, the Mondays, New Order, The Charlatans, Inspirals, Blur, 808 State, Shed Seven and freaky dancing on the concrete tables.

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Lunchtime Listens

Ah, music. It’s our daily bread, the metaphorical loaf in which everything we do is joyously sandwiched. And that’s why we’re hosting a series of #LunchtimeListens. Each of these sessions will see a musical selector plumbing the depths of their record collection to deliver sonic joy in the ground floor bar of The Social while we serve up lunch. We’ll record each session for posterity (and for a wider audience’s listening pleasure) and archive it on the Sonic Sandwich website.

#LunchtimeListens No.1
Richard MacKichan
Friday 24 March, 2017 (1-2pm)

First up to the decks for our inaugural #LunchtimeListens session is Richie MacKichan. We met Richie backstage of the West Holts stage at Glastonbury Festival last year where he was running the stage’s press team and generally being a Very Good Egg. Not only is he a fellow music lover and occasional spinner of discs, it turns out Richie is editor at boutique hotel specialists Mr & Mrs Smith – which basically means he’s visited record shops in more far flung locations than most. When he conversationally summarised his musical interests as “cosmic country, yacht rock, soul, disco and weird electro” we knew we’d have to get him along to spin us some tunes.

He’ll be playing records between 1pm and 2pm this Friday 24th March. Come and have a Sonic Sandwich!

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New Exhibition: All The Things You Are

An exhibition of photos from London based photographer Julian Ward’s book ‘All the things you are’ – a photographic study of a SW London Constitutional club. 

Most Constitutional Clubs were established during the second half of the 19th century — a time of vast political change, including the extension of the right to vote.The most prestigious club of them all, a gentleman’s club established in 1883 nearTrafalgar Square, was closely aligned to the Conservative Party. And, after the passing of the Representation of the People Act in 1884, it became a place where newly enfranchised Conservative voters could meet. Many other Constitutional Clubs were established for similar reasons — including the Teddington Constitutional Club, which was rst purchased by the local MP at the time, Sir Frederick Dixon-Hartland Bart.

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At their outset, Constitutional Clubs were clearly politically motivated. But, just like working men’s clubs, they’ve also had social and community functions since their inception.While political allegiances may have differed, all private members clubs based on subscriptions and not-for-pro t afforded their members self-help and mutual bene t. In the late 19th century, the state provided very little social welfare: ordinary people had to do what they could for themselves and for each other, and the club movement became central to this in terms of both ethos and practicality.

Fundraising events went on at these clubs all the time, and much charity work was carried out. Unfortunately, this good work — what we might now call community outreach — usually passed by unacknowledged by those outside of the clubs.The role that clubs like theTeddington Constitutional Club have played is often only grasped by their members, who have tried to keep this side of club life going over the decades — even through dif cult times such as war and economic crisis.

Entertainment in clubs is more readily recognised and written about. But again, the important social side of this is often missed. Over the years, clubs have provided millions of people with a value-for-money night out in a friendly, local place that they’re familiar with.With club games such as snooker and bingo having a bene cial effect on the players, clubs are now only belatedly recognised as having improved the wellbeing of their members.

Clubs were like a second home for many, offering company and a space for social discourse away from the pro t-taking public houses. In the late 19th century, there were few options for working men and women in their leisure time, which they didn’t have much of anyway. Clubs were self funded and self managed, unlike pubs, and they belonged to those who became members. So from the outset, most clubs gave their members a real sense of ownership and people would speak fondly of ‘their’ club. Some were literally built by their members, and much of the regular work was done on a voluntary basis, reinforcing the sense of ownership and belonging to a particular club.

Each club has its own history, characteristics and characters. Yet many of these private members clubs, established and managed by the members themselves, share a set of common features. The Teddington Constitutional Club, founded in 1905, demonstrates both the differences and similarities between such clubs.There is a sense of familiarity — of belonging, almost — despite the knowledge that it isn’t your own club, but somewhere different.

During their postwar heyday, there were over 4,000 working men’s clubs, hundreds of Constitutional Clubs — both Conservative and Liberal — and many other types of social club in the UK. While some were formed in the second part of the 19th century, others were established post-1945. In many ways, the latter continued the traditions of their predecessors on out-of-town council estates, becoming de facto community centres in places where there was little else on offer. Clubs were what local people, their members, made them.

But our society has seen many wide ranging and rapid changes since the 1970s. If the nature of work has changed, so has the nature of leisure.There is now much more choice when it comes to amusement, including much improved home-based entertainment. The internet and computers have eaten into our social lives, and people often spend a large proportion of their days online.With other more exciting things to do, younger generations have become increasingly less interested in going to clubs. In their eyes, clubs can appear too old fashioned, too sexist and home to too many rules.

The book will be released on the 8th March upstairs at The Social

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New Monthly Event: Ambience Chasers

Ambience Chasers is the new monthly analogue bubblebath, brought to you by Sonic Cathedral and Ulrich Schnauss

Ambience Chasers #2 is on March 28th and features the first London solo show from Mark Peters – former songwriter and multi-instrumentalist for Engineers. Special guest DJ for the evening is Mark Clifford of Seefeel.

Entry is free, doors open at 7pm.

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Hip Hop Karaoke

  

The UK’s original Hip Hop Karaoke is a true London and national fixture and for the last decade DJ Rob Pursey and host Bobby Champagne Jr. have helped thousands of people live out their rap fantasies!

With hundreds of songs to choose from, this is the public’s chance to experience what it’s like to feel real crowd energy as they take on the rhymes of their favourite rappers live on stage. Whether it’s old school gems from the 80s and 90s or the latest records from Drake, Nicki and Kendrick, Hip Hop Karaoke is the place to let go of all inhibitions and feel the exhilaration of smashing it live on stage! Hip Hop Karaoke is a euphoric, addictive experience and definitely something to cross off the bucket-list.

Every Thursday night at The Social, 5 Little Portland St 

£5 entry on the door.

I’m afraid we don’t do advance bookings or reservations on Thursday nights in the basement. Doors are 1830 and we suggest people head down early, grab a table and get involved!

SONG LIST!

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