New Year, New Faber Social


We’re excited to announce our first Faber Social for 2017, taking place on February 8th at our spiritual home The Social, 5 Little Portland Street.

GO AHEAD AND DROP the BOMB is the name of a mythical post-punk fanzine that features in the writer/rock critic David Keenan’s forthcoming novel This Is Memorial Device (published by Faber on February 2nd. Pre-order here). The book is a fictional oral history of a local scene that never existed in Airdrie in the west coast of Scotland in the late 70s/early 80s, consisting of eyewitness accounts of the passion, madness, successes and failures of a bunch of serious-as-your-life musicians and artists who outdo even their own heroes in terms of visionary excess. After all, it isn’t easy being Iggy Pop in a small town in Scotland.

Performing on the night we have:

Bruce Russell (The Dead C et al – Live solo set)
Bruce Russell is the peerless New Zealand experimental musician and writer, best know as founding member of Experimental rock heroes The Dead C, alongside Michael Morley and Robbie Yeats. We’re lucky to have Bruce join us to play an extremely rare solo set on an equally rare trip to the UK. We highly recommend the documentary about Bruce ’27 minutes with Mr. Noisy’ which can be seen here.

‘The Dead C might just be the best rock act currently active’ – The Quietus

Richard Youngs (live Chinese Moon tribute)
Legendary UK-based folk spirit and underground hero Richard Youngs presents a tribute to one of the mythic constellations in the This Is Memorial Device universe, Airdrie’s Chinese Moon, with an ambitious restaging of the all-night tape loop performances that took place in a shop front in Shettleston in 1983. Metal Machine Music-styled Fripp & Eno sorcery meets Terror of the Autons in a total immersion environment.

‘His music has a rare ability to communicate lucidly from the heart’ – Red Bull Music Acadamy

David Keenan (reading from ‘This Is Memorial Device‘)
This Is Memorial Device, the debut novel by David Keenan, is a love letter to the small towns of Lanarkshire in the west of Scotland in the late 1970s and early 80s as they were temporarily transformed by the endless possibilities that came out of the freefall from punk rock. David Keenan is the author of England’s Hidden Reverse: A Secret History of the Esoteric Underground and a senior critic at The Wire.

‘It captures the terrific, obsessive, ludicrous pomposity of every music fans youth in an utterly definitive way’ – Irvine Welsh

Michael Pedersen (Neu! Reekie! / Poetry)

Co-Founder and Artistic Director of Neu! Reekie!, Michael Pedersen is a Robert Louis Stevenson Fellowship winner; a John Mathers Trust Rising Star of Literature Award winner; a Canongate Future 40; a Callum McDonald Memorial award finalist; and many more things, with fans ranging from Irvine Welsh and Liz Lochhead to Stephen Fry and Young Fathers. Michael has written short plays for National Theatre of Scotland (FMT) and Edinburgh Art Festival, pop songs for the band Jesus, Baby! and is currently working on a feature film screenplay.

‘Scotland’s favourite avant-garde noisemakers…Neu! Reekie! dismantle the structures and snobberies dividing high and low art – art is for everyone.’ – The Skinny


DJ Andrew Weatherall
The Guv’nor


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The Social Christmas Market 2016


Our annual Christmas Market is back with us and our friends at Caught by the River hosting two afternoons of Christmas shopping, music, eating, talks and readings, bands, a festive quiz and drinking.

Stalls from Caught by the River, Trojan, Borough Wines, Beers and Books, Heavenly, Pete Fowler, The Empress and Andrews of Arcadia, Frances Castle, S Pearce Designs, Suna Sox and more!

We’ll be joined by lots of old friends selling amazing books, fanzines, badges, records, artwork, tshirts, fine wine and bottles of spirits, the best Christmas socks and lots of other gifts . .

Saturday 10 + 17 Dec


Free entry all day

More info to follow!


The Social x


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New Exhibition: H.Y.T presents Pass The Hot Sauce


Very happy to announce a brand new collection of paintings from H.Y.T studio exhibiting in The Social. Join us for the private view on Thursday 10th Nov.

Website: www.hytstudio.com

Instagram: @hytstudio

Tumblr: hytstudio.tumblr.com


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Festive Meal Deal

Book your party at The Social now by dropping Carl an email here


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This New Year’s Eve the Heavenly Jukebox and friends invite you to their central London Fitzrovian house party.

. . house band and very special guests for the evening, The Parrots, will fly in from Madrid especially for the event! 

Signed to Heavenly Recordings over a pool table in Austin (Texas), The Parrots are the world’s greatest three-piece party band and have this year played across Europe, the US and Central America – packed nights at the The Victoria and countless chelada-fuelled lunchtime showcases at SXSW, raucous gigs of elemental garage noise, feel-good ferocity and many, many stage invasions . . or vice versa.




Live support comes from Yassassin whose no filler, all killer formula is dynamically bulletproof. Inspired by a combined love of Le Tigre, PJ Harvey and The Breeders, Yassassin pride themselves on making energetic dance-on-the-table indie rock ‘n’ roll. Melodic, catchy pop perfection is personified through ramblingly loud guitars, trembling bass lines and drums that barge their way into your bones with or without your permission.  


DJs on the night will be scattered over both floors and will include Miqui Brightside from Madrid flying in with his Parrot pals, home owners the Heavenly Jukebox playing sets up and down and lot lots more. 

. . Join us for a very Heavenly NYE



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Vesuvio Halloween Carnival with Jus Now + Hipsters Don’t Dance


We are very excited to announce Vesuvio’s very first takeover on Friday 28th Oct

JUS NOW & HIPSTER’S DON’T DANCE play our Halloween Carnival!



Dress code: Halloween costumes, carnival outfits or come as you are.


We are honoured to be joined by JUS NOW having been big fans since they tore up the stage at The Stonebridge at Glastonbury a few years ago. Hailing from Trinidad and the UK, they’re bringing their bacchanal bassy vibes to the Social basement.

FADER MIX: http://www.thefader.com/2014/06/03/fader-mix-jus-now
SOUNDCLOUD: https://soundcloud.com/jusnow



Vesuvio is the Friday night party in W1 that says no to stushness, no to sharing bottles of Ciroc and no to posing with a Rolex for the ‘Gram. We don’t care what you wear, we don’t care where you’re from, we just care that you’re having a good time. Reliable like a German whip, we’re here every Friday night until 1am to get you moving.

The upstairs bar is the best way to ease your way into the weekend with resident DJs playing blues, reggae, disco, funk, soul and rare groove. With an array of craft beers in the fridge (and a couple on draft), expertly made cocktails, delicious burgers and an intimate vibe, it’s the perfect spot to bring a date or bring a mate.

Downstairs, the basement club plays the best in hip hop, r’n’b, dancehall and afrobeats. On the last Friday of each month, we invite a special guest DJ whose sole intention is to keep the basement shaking. In addition to monthly special guests, our friends behind some of London’s biggest and baddest parties are primed for surprise basement takeovers. Bring the squad, it’s #basementseason.

Resident DJs:

Zane (eclectic, cool, unflappable dancing facilitator)
Becca (warm-up wonderwoman armed with a lethal bag of afropop)
Tom Caslin (the basement’s resident king cutmaster)
Heavenly Jukebox (DJ arm of Heavenly Records)

No guestlist, no screwfaces and get your back up off that wall. Email carl@thesocial.com to reserve a booth upstairs or downstairs for free.


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October Membership Offer


You DON’T need to be a member to come to The Social but it will get you cheaper drinks . . and membership is FREE!

New Membership Offer for OCTOBER:

Use your free membership card to get 2 FOR 1 ON LAGUNITAS (BOTTLES AND DRAFT) + ALL COCKTAILS every day until 8pm

Click here to request membership by emailing your full name, address and date of birth to Carl

The Social Xx

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Roughtrade 40th Anniversary Shows w/ Thurston Moore + Josh T Pearson


Very honoured and excited to be hosting these two Rough Trade 40th Anniversary shows at the venue in October – check these out! Great to be working with the wonderful Eat Your Own Ears people too . .


Very special guests:

Thurston Moore + Charles Hayward (This Heat)

+ Roughtrade DJs

We are pleased to announce this latest addition to the Rough Trade 40th anniversary celebration shows, this very special evening featuring Thurston Moore and Charles Hayward. Two iconic musicians, long dedicated to the art of improvisation as both fans and performers will collaborate for what promises to be a genuine one-off event. Hosted at The Social, and with a Rough Trade DJs line-up of James Endeacott, Simon Russell and Amy Hurst, this will undoubtedly be a night to remember.



Very special guests:

Josh T. Pearson

Duke Garwood & Smoke Fairies

Will Burns & Adam Chetwood

+ Roughtrade DJs

In a hugely exciting addition to the Rough Trade 40th Anniversary programme, we are pleased to announce a very special show at The Social on Monday 31st October. Featuring headline act Josh T. Pearson, fresh from the triumph of a reformed Lift to Experience Royal Festival Hall Meltdown show, kindly agreeing to a one-off performance of rare intimacy. Josh has long been a friend to Rough Trade, and all at the shops have equally long admired the unique, literate and original work of this singular interpreter of American song. Also appearing will be Duke Garwood and Smoke Fairies, collaborating especially for the evening. Two acts who delicately balance an innately British sensibility with a gritty, blues-y suite of American influences to create truly original music, their work together promises to be something not to be missed. And opening proceedings will be the poet Will Burns and pedal-steel guitar player Adam Chetwood. Adam is a veteran of both recording and touring bands, having workedwith the likes of White Denim, Black Peaches, Legends of Country and Mark Ronson. Will is poet-in-residence at long-time allies of Rough Trade, Caught by the River and published by iconic English publisher Faber & Faber. An evening that we hope will show off the rude health of music made in the apparently simple mechanics of voice and guitar, and pushing the boundaries of the rough folk traditions of both the UK and America into new, exciting, literate spaces. And all in one of our favourite venues.


Get them tickets NOW


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Welcome To Burgershackland Party – This Thursday!


Illustrator Rob Flowers has been collaborating with burger blogger Burgerac on various projects since 2011. Now the pair have put on an exhibition of illustrative work created for Burgerac’s Burgershack brand on the walls of legendary music bar, The Social.

As well as putting artwork on the walls Rob and Burgerac have been cooking up some tasty products to launch while the show is running. 


Here is not one but THREE Burgerac + Rob Flowers enamel pin badges for your burger-loving eyes – a burger pin, a fries pin and a beer pin. The pin badges (£10 each) are of the hard enamel, polished variety and look TOTALLY MINT and only a small number of each have been manufactured. While a number of each pin will be available to buy individually, there are 20 sets of all three pins (£25) that come packaged in a rather nice little box with a shiny gold sticker on it:


The pins will launch at a special Welcome To Burgershackland party at The Social on Thursday 29th September along with a super-limited edition two-colour screen printed T-shirt (look out for a separate blog post about that in a few days time). Think of it less as a private view and more of a free party to which you’re very much invited!

Whatever stock is left after the party will go on sale online in the shop at burgerac.com.

Welcome To Burgershackland party

Thursday 29 September

The Social

5 Little Portland Street

London W1W 7JD

Feel free to book a table! Just call The Social on 020 7636 4992 to make a reservation. Please note that all products for sale at The Social event can only be paid for with cash.


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Election Section – US Presidential Election All Nighter


The Social and www.simplepolitics.co.uk present

The Election Section – All Nighter US Edition


Nov 8th – 11pm

It’s one of the biggest elections in the world. Environment takes on business. More citizenship takes on border walls. Keeping Obamacare takes on reforming Obamacare. Yes, it’s Hilary vs Trump. Whoever wins, it’s going to change America and impact the world. The stakes couldn’t be higher. So… let’s have a bit of fun with it.

After the roaring success of 2015, The Social’s Election Section returns to follow the events stateside through the night. We’ll have two huge screens and our stunning sound-system keeping you up to date all as everything comes in. We’ll have state dependent drinks offers, we’ll have experts from the Simple Politics team on hand to discuss issues and we’ll have the best in US and UK craft drinks on hand to help you through.



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