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Guardian Live – An evening with the Long Read

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Wednesday 17th feb

Just over a year ago the Guardian embarked on a new venture, launching the Long Read – a slot reserved for storytelling unbound by the usual constraints of daily journalism. A single piece might be the result of months of work, intensive reporting and forensic editing of a kind usually associated with high-end magazines or book publishing. Each piece would go as deep into a subject as the writer was able to dive. Since then, the Long Read has established itself as the UK’s home of longform journalism, publishing nearly 200 stories.

Join Long Read editor Jonathan Shainin for an evening of readings and conversation about the art of longform journalism. We will be joined by two regular contributors: Sam Knight, who has written about everything from government privatisation to panda sex, and Wendell Steavenson, who has reported from Georgia, Iraq and Egypt for the New Yorker, as well as profiling Britain’s cleverest man for the Long Read.

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Calderdale Flood Relief Fund Show

Wednesday 13th Feb

Live:

SMOKE FAIRIES

THE RAILS

HAYLEY ROSS

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Deep Hum special raising money for those effected by the flooding in the Calder Valley

We’re putting on this Calderdale Flood Fundraiser next week at The Social. It’s only £5 to get in and Smoke Fairies will be playing live with Hayley Ross and the Heavenly Jukebox DJs.

This time last year we were up in Hebden Bridge for the start of Heavenly’s 25th celebrations and were supposed to be up there again later this month for a Caught By The River event. It’s an amazing place and we met some really wonderful people whilst we were there and got to hang out at what is probably the UK’s best venue, Hebden Bridge Trades.

The scenes of damage over Christmas were pretty shocking. It’s going to take a long time for the town and surrounding area to recover – lots of people have lost their homes and businesses.
Hope you can make it down.

There’s a link to their fundraising page below or grab and ticket and head along

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MORE INFO ABOUT THE FUND OR TO DONATE

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Super Bowl 50

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After 6 sold out years, London’s biggest and most popular charity Super Bowl party returns to The Social for Super Bowl 50

We are bringing back all the things that have made us so popular. The very best craft beers from the UK and US.  The best gourmet hot dogs you can imagine from Dogtown London (who smashed it at the Wembley NFL games).  The famous Social sound system.  Great pre game DJs. The friendliest atmosphere in London.

It’s not all the same, though. This year we’re going to be even better!  We’re bringing in a load more screens this year – we’ll have huge HD screens upstairs and down. You’re going to get a great view of the game.

We don’t do gimmicks. No cheerleaders.  No VIP zones.  No funny business.

For the second year, every single penny of your ticket price will go to the charity SCI.  They treat young people and vulnerable adults for schomatosis, preventing a load of horrible conditions that have a terrible effect on individuals and communities.  Every 50p treats someone for a year.

Your £9 ticket will protect 18 people. And get you into an awesome party.

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Heavenly Social Pale Ale Barrel Party

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On Wed 25 Nov we’ll be launching our very own, very limited draft beer with the considerable and kind help of Camden Town Brewery

We only have one barrel of this so get down on the 25th if you want to taste it. Carl, Tim, Danny and Robin from the bar chose the hops, strength and style of beer and then spent a day at the brewery making it. No one has tasted yet, we’ll find out on Wednesday whether we’ve pulled it off.

Also that night we have a special Deep Hum with Wide Skies launching their new single + support from Gulp!

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WIDE SKIES

+ VERY SPECIAL GUESTS: GULP

Join WIDE SKIES at The Social to celebrate the launch of their third single Waiting for the Answers

It begins with acoustic guitar and Hannah’s yearning vocal — an intimate opening that reflects the song’s theme of lonely solitude…
But in its search to make sense of being alone, Waiting for the Answers soon becomes urgent. Rearing up and breaking free, it gallops home as a perfectly formed pop song.

Recorded in the summer of 2015 (along with the final tracks of their debut album, planned for release in early 2016), WIDE SKIES’ third single Waiting for the Answers, again self-released on their own label Before The Dawn Records, signals a gear change for the band. While they had previously self produced and recorded in their own studio, this year they spent summer days recording at Bluebell Sounds with producer/engineer Ian Dowling (Bombay Bicycle Club, Adele, Madison Ward and the Mama Bear), developing an exciting new focus and intensifying the enchantment of their unique sound.
2015 saw the release of WIDE SKIES’ first two singles, Take Care Of Love and Gold Dust. WIDE SKIES have received great support at radio including numerous plays from BBC 6 Music’s Lauren Laverne (who made Take Care Of Love her ‘headphones moment’), live sessions for Robert Elms on his BBC London show, plays on XFM from John Kennedy and Georgie Rogers and plays on Amazing Radio.

Inspired by luminaries such as Feist, Kate Bush, Portishead, Elbow, Fleetwood Mac and Burt Bacharach, WIDE SKIES create a rare and arresting atmosphere in which they paint scenes of love, loss and courage, weaving the sound of Folk, Soul and 60ʼs Pop perfectly with their British Indie roots. Vocalist Hannah Caughlin has the endearing softness of Natasha Khan, but together with her bandmate Jamie McDonald they achieve a merge not unlike Nico and Lou Reed. With their lush recordings and spellbinding live performances, they have sealed their reputation with a loyal fan base, and are rapidly establishing themselves in the hearts and minds of broader audiences.

Hannah previously brought her vocal and writing talents to The Accidental, The Memory Band, The Bicycle Thieves and notable pop producers Xenomania. Jamie’s earlier incarnation was in the band South who released four albums on labels including Moʼwax and Sanctuary, as well as touring with The Strokes and Ian Brown. He has recently spent time as a tour guitarist with Finley Quaye and Nicolai Fraiture of The Strokes.

WIDE SKIES, led by Hannah Caughlin and Jamie McDonald, are supported by the brilliant musicianship of three other band members: Ascher Nathan on keyboards (touring member of the band South), Alister Wedderburn on bass (formerly of Look, Stranger!) and Dav Shiel on drums (previous member of Beth Jeans Houghton & The Hooves of Destiny).

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GULP are Guto Pryce (Super Furry Animals) and Lindsey Leven, with Gid Goundrey on guitar and various friends on drums – including Stuart Kidd (Euros Childs/Norman Blake) and Kliph Scurlock (Flaming Lips/Gruff Rhys).

“A thing of eyeball popping beauty, that deserves to have psychotropic palm leaves wafted at it’s feet (and then, ideally, eaten)” Artrocker ***** 5 stars

“It’s an amalgam of 21st century electronic squiggles and vintage airy psych-folk, as contemporary as video games and as old as the hills” Spin.com

“(Game Love’s) spooked demeanour suggests The Wicker Man getting fresh with Nancy Sinatra. That’s Gulp: Easy to swallow, hard to forget” Guardian Guide Pick Of The Week

Fuzzed-up bass, dream-pop vocals, acoustic and electric drums and synths … their cinematic and ethereal sound is a musical manifestation of the road trip; the landscape and events along the way, filmic scenes and melodies – from the sun-squinting, flickering saturation and lens flare of the Californian desert, to the gloamin of rural Scottish and Welsh homescapes.

June 2012 saw the release of their debut single, Game Love, which received a 5* review from Artrocker magazine and pick of the week in The Guardian Guide. Gulp toured the UK and Ireland supporting Django Django. In 2013 they enjoyed appearances at many of the UK’s summer festivals, including Green man, Kendal Calling and Festival No.6.

Gulp’s second album, is scheduled for release early 2016…

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Bunkered down in the very centre of the city, absorbed in a basement of concrete, The Deep Hum At The Heart Of It All will resonate every week with the emerging sounds of some of the best new bands around.

Celebrating over a year at the social – recent guests have included Bad Breeding, Best Friends, Big Sister, Black Peaches, Blueprint Blue, Britain, Crushed Beaks, Demob Happy, Ex’s, Fever The Ghost, Fews, Gwenno, H. Hawkline, Hooton Tennis Club, Kid Wave, Peluche, Saint Agnes, Secret Fix, Sprectres, Sulk, The Bohicas, The Magic Gang, The Parrots, The Voyers, The Wytches, Tigerclub, Ultimate Painting + many more

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The Social Christmas Market

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The Social’s famous annual Christmas Market returns once again this year on Saturdays 12th and 19th December. 

The Social on Little Portland Street will throw up it’s doors at midday for an afternoon of food, drink and some Christmas shopping in the upstairs bar. They’ll be stalls filled with amazing books, maps, badges, records, artwork, tshirts, fine wine and bottles of spirits, the world’s best socks and lots of other Christmas gifts, and things you’ll just want to buy for yourself!

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This year we’ll be hosting stalls from Caught by the River, Heavenly, Saint Etienne, Heavenly Films, Pete Fowler, Empress and Andrews of Arcadia, Suna Sox, Super Fly Guy, For The Record, Hurry Up Harry, Brian David Stevens and lots more

The doors will be open between 12pm and 5.30pm, entry is free and with a fully stocked bar including a selection of ales, our homemade mulled wine, hot cider, bloody marys, hearty food from Dogtown, impromptu DJ sets and outbreaks of festivity

. . a very warm welcome is guaranteed. Join the Facebook event to keep up to date with any additions and details

Date: Saturdays 12th + 19th December

Time: 12pm-17.30pm

Cost: Free entry

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Heavenly Portraits Show – Photographs by Brian David Stevens

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Heavenly Portraits Show – Photographs by Brian David Stevens

(Starts Nov 4th)

Alchemy exists. For 25 years Heavenly Recordings has been home to rule-breaking musical magic-makers, each HVN release dusted with its own sonic sorcery and to celebrate the anniversary and the release of the Rough Trade Shops ‘HEAVENLY 25’ compilation; Heavenly Recordings is exhibiting 54 photographic portraits by acclaimed photographer Brian David Stevens.

The exhibition features every artist signed to the label in their anniversary year up until the start of the summer. Accompanying the exhibition will be a Heavenly 25 yearbook with all the portraits presented within which will be freely available from The Social and the Heavenly web shop for the price of postage and packing.

Brian David Stevens – Brian is a photographer working in London. He was born in Cambridge of Welsh parents and brought up in Yorkshire as a cruel genetic experiment. He is currently finishing his first book, Brighter Later, a portrait of  Britain looking out to sea. Brian has completed and exhibited a ten year project shooting war veterans entitled They that are Left, his most recent exhibition at the Heavenly Social was Notting Hill Sound Systems. His portrait of Wilko Johnson is in the national collection

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Special guest DJ – Kevin Rowland

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Slipstream – Saturday 14th Nov

DJs:

KEVIN ROWLAND (DEXYS)

+ SLIPSTREAM DJs

Kevin Rowland – legendary frontman and artistic visionary of Dexys Midnight Runners – will be DJing at Slipstream at The Social on Saturday 14th November. One of the true, certifiable geniuses of British pop, Kevin is also a highly respected DJ.

Presenting his own uniquely brilliant interpretation of the modern DJ set, Kevin expresses a deep love of known and neglected gems, thrillingly finding gaps within verses to occasionally add his own emotive vocals, he revels in the chance to underline the profound lyrics of overlooked singles. It’s a style that’s at once moving and truly inspiring.

It’s often said that if you get a chance to see Kevin Rowland perform a DJ set, you should leave your cynicism at home and go at once. Here is your opportunity.

Doors 7pm-1am

Free entry

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KRP

 

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SOLD OUT // NYE with Hip Hop Karaoke and Southern Hospitality // SOLD OUT

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Southern Hospitality x Hip Hop Karaoke New Years Eve House Party

Southern Hospitality and Hip Hop Karaoke are taking over BOTH floors at The Social and we’re turning it into our special New Years Eve Hip-Hop House Party! 

Kicking off the night in the basement we will have our final Hip Hop Karaoke session of 2015, allowing you to get on the mic and live out your rap fantasies as ever with DJ Rob Pursey and Host Bobby Champagne Jr. Followed by Southern Hospitality DJs playing nothing but the latest and greatest past present and future Rap and R&B anthems until 4am!

Meanwhile upstairs in the bar our favourite DJs will be playing nothing but old-school party Soul and Disco jams for those who want to grab a booth, dance on a table or do whatever the night inspires you. Oh, it’s also our beloved host and certified London Legend Bobby Champagne Jr.’s birthday – so we’re celebrating!

SOLD OUT – TICKETS ARE SOLD OUT FOR TONIGHT – NO TICKETS ON THE DOOR

Tickets £10/£15 advance

DJs: Rob Pursey, Jimmy Plates, J-Squared & Guests 

Host: Bobby Champagne

 

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Film Chat Podcast presents The (Mostly) Ungoogleable Film Night

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Monday 26th October

A barrage of Google-proof cinematic quiz questions topped off with a screening of Italian horror classic TENEBRE

Prepare for a unique, bamboozling film quiz that makes an utter mockery of your attempts to cheat using the internet! Google, IMDB, a direct line to Richard Osman—all are useless in the face of our expertly crafted questions that will keep you on your toes and off your phones. Featuring edited movie montages, repurposed soundtracks, a seasonal spooky ghost story, and very probably Kevin Bacon, our sideways swipe at film trivia will be whip-smart, irreverent, and 100% certified ungoogleable. Mostly.

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PLUS! With Halloween looming, we thought we’d follow up the head-scratching with some blood-curdling by screening Dario Argento’s slasher classic Tenebre. First released in 1982, but banned from sale in the UK as a “video nasty” until 1999, Tenebre is a synth-drenched masterpiece with all the serial murders, virtuoso crane shots, and metafictional commentary any horror fan could possibly ask for.

Stick around afterwards to have a drink with your hosts and listen to them shamelessly plug their podcast, Film Chat: the greatest movie podcast with more episodes than listeners. Check out our latest gabbling – news, reviews, jingles, assorted nonsense – at soundcloud.com/filmchatpodcast

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Christmas Bookings at The Social

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Christmas bookings are now OPEN at The Social for 2015

We can hold parties for smaller groups – reserving booths on either floor – or big parties with both spaces available to hire up to 250 people for the whole venue. Dates and space are limited but drop us an email here to request availability and info.

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THE UPSTAIRS BAR (holds up to 75 people – licensed until 1am)

The upstairs bar can hold up to 75 people, offering a sanctuary from madness of Oxford Street, a bolthole for skivers and barflies; somewhere where the days blur into nights and the dusty light is always conducive to losing a few hours to alcohol and good company.

Unchanged in a decade and a half, it’s made up of 5 large leather booths each set around an aged gunmetal grey table. The room itself is entirely clad in wood. Originally sauna-like, the walls have fully matured like a Soho dandy due to years of excessive smoking and drinking. Ever-present in the corner is our beautiful, hard working AMI Continental Jukebox. It’s soundtracked countless first dates, birthdays, after shows and lost weekends… even the odd wake.

Although listings and features on the bar tend to focus on the nightly events in the basement (a space we couldn’t be prouder of), for many people the Upstairs Bar is truly the heart of The Social.

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BASEMENT (holds up to 150 – licensed until 1am)

The Basement is where the partying usually happens (although to be honest upstairs is not shy!) with a full club PA, DJ set up and live stage. We can host 150 people downstairs and have limited availability for private hires in December

Designed back in 1999 by a partnership of David Adjaye and Will Russell (now of Pentagram) with the proviso of withstanding nuclear attack or – at the very least – the worst that people could chuck at it, The Social basement has launched over a million hugely successful hangovers

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