Hailing from Mid Wales, triple harpist, pianist and composer Cerys Hafana conjures and curves the parameters of traditional Welsh folk music — bringing forth apparitions of fabled comets, wanderers and glassy seas. After a duo of spellbinding performances on our festival stages earlier this year, Caught by the River are very excited to be welcoming her (and her harp) to Little Portland St.
Support comes from self-proclaimed fairytale singer and daydreamer Avice Caro.
This Thursday from 5PM, The Social hosts a free-entry exhibition of artwork from The Bristol Germ: illustrating five years in Bristol’s new underground & avant-garde music. Robbie & Mona DJ proceedings.
The Bristol Germ is an illustrated music publication, promoting Bristol’s contemporary underground and avant-garde scene. Initially presenting a dramatic new wave of artists going criminally overlooked, The Bristol Germ presents this scene’s growth and hard-won achievement of wider recognition, across five years and four issues: ‘Ch. I: The Noble Crusade Begins’, ‘Ch. II: New Ground’s Acquired’, ‘Ch. III: The Nation’s Eyes Turn’ and ‘Ch. IV: The Vision Realised’.
Giving early interviews to luminaries such as IDLES, Giant Swan, SCALPING and Lynks, each instalment comprises interviews with key figures from Bristol’s music community, artwork by local illustrators, and ‘manifestos’ responding to perceived ills in the British music industry. Its live showcases in Bristol and London have included festival stages, a pioneering 3D spatial audio show in collaboration with Dolby Atmos, and SCALPING’s first London show.
On February 7th 2023, The Bristol Germ launched its final issue, ‘Ch. IV: The Vision Realised’. Focusing on the rising profile of Bristol’s avant-garde scene – which sees the call of The Bristol Germ’s first issue answered – this concluding instalment features Grove, Ishmael Ensemble, Sarahsson, DAMEFRISØR and others.
Together, the figures in this publication’s pages have helped build one of the most vital, eclectic and forward-thinking communities in modern music
Ransom Note kick off a new monthly party at The Social inviting friends and special guests to join them in the basement with a focus on live music.
The first edition of the party see’s the gang invite Pleasure Pool, a crew of party starters from Glasgow who have just released their debut album ‘Love Without Illusion’ via the acclaimed Optimo Music.
This will be the group’s debut London show, a rare chance to catch an exclusive intimate performance from one of the most exciting underground groups in Leftfield Dance and Electronic music as they channel influences from 80’s New York, Disco not Disco, Post Punk, Acid House and beyond. Grab some friends and dress to sweat.
On the night Ransom Note will be taking over two floors of music with support from Ally Tropical, Matt C and Carl Gosling.
Join Stone Club for their first event at The Social for 2023. There will be films from Danny Hammond & Spaceship Mark. Annebella Pollen will guide us through the history of the mysterious Kibbo Kift and Travis Elborough will take us on a journey to vanished and Improbable places.
“We’re moving in! The Social have handed over the keys and are letting FORM takeover the iconic venue one night a month, showcasing our favourite new artists for 2023.
Tuesday February 14th
Car Boot Sale
Car Boot Sale are a five-piece band based in London. Their music embodies the excitement, charisma and swagger reminiscent of British rock n’ roll at its peak. Drawing from an eclectic range of inspiration, including blues masters, hip-hop legends and psychedelic bands, their live shows are a captivating combination of sheer passion, soulful groove and hypnotic songwriting.
Mary In The Junkyard
Self-proclaimed ‘angry weepy chaos rock trio’ Mary In The Junkyard only formed in the summer of 2022, but they’re quickly building a reputation as ones-to-watch.
Selling out all their headlines to-date, the Dublin-based Basht. have been labelled one of the most ‘exciting young rock bands to emerge in Ireland in eons.’ They have also recently played support to bands Sorry and Modern Love and are currently recording their debut EP which will be released in February 2023.
Join MOOF Magazine to celebrate the launch of their 11th issue with live music from Jacken Elswyth, Jules Smith and MOOF DJs til late
Magazines and merch available on the night. Doors 8pm.
Jacken Elswyth is a London-based folk musician, banjo player, and instrument builder. In her music making she is focused on exploring traditional tunes, developing extrapolations on folk styles and techniques, and investigating drone, ambience, and improvisation within and beyond folk music. She organises the Betwixt & Between tape series as one avenue of these investigations, and compiles occasional live Almagest mixes as another. She plays and records solo and in collaboration – with Shovel Dance Collective, Sullow, and others.
“Her sounds are regularly beautiful and raw, augmented by scratches, tension and twang.” – The Guardian
One fifth of South East London psychedelic bossa nova band Baby Vanga, Jules Smith has recently embarked on a solo venture, inspired by greats such as Bert Jansch, Margo Guryan and Circulus. The resulting sound is a glorious amalgamation of acid funk, psych and sunshine pop. His latest single on Strong Island Recordings, “End of a Season” is a whimsical stream-of-consciousness springtime trip.
On this date Jules will be joined by a full band.
“Jules Smith’s minimalist approach to the pastoral flute-laden freakout of psychedelia and acid-folk meets baroque pop feels like a joyous portal trip into a sun-kissed enchanted forest wonderland.” – It’s Psychedelic Baby
MOOF founder/editor Melanie Xulu will be hitting the decks and DJing her eclectic mix of underground psych, funk and folk til late.
A special book launch and club night, with DJ sets from Greg Wilson and Les Spaine, interviews with host Ben Osborne + Pete Fowler upstairs
Greg Wilson launches the new extended hardback of his Discotheque Archives book at The Social in London on Friday 24 February 2023. Following a brilliant night at the venue twelve months ago, Greg felt this would be the perfect environment in which to launch the book, the first of a series of Discotheque Archives events up and down the country.
The book explores the pre-rave era of dance music, spanning the ‘60s through until the mid-80s via its four main sections – Classic DJs, Classic Labels, Classic Venues and Classic Records. With props from the likes of Gilles Peterson, Norman Jay, Colleen ‘Cosmo’ Murphy, Luke Una, Irvine Welsh and John Higgs – Discotheque Archives book can be ordered here
Greg’s guest is also one of his greatest inspirations – Les Spaine, arguably the UK’s leading Funk DJ, working at The Pun and The Timepiece in Liverpool back in the ‘70s, before heading to London to take up a position at Motown Records. He subsequently moving to Capital Records and managed the Reggae greats Aswad during their most successful period. The Timepiece is one of the book’s Classic Venues, illuminating the pioneering role Les played in UK club culture.
Les will be playing tracks from The Timepiece era, whilst Greg will be selecting from the vast array of records listed in the book.
After such an amazing launch night we’re back for more, once again bringing a party to the basement at The Social. This time we bring seriously good selectors who will have the party popping all night with the blend of House, Tech House, Minimal Tech and Techno. If you haven’t already guessed, you are invited.
We have a jam-packed line up for you all this time around. Warming up proceedings we have Trigger & Houston Q, who have the pedigree to kick us off in style fresh from their set in Rolling Stock London. Next up we have WIP. Originally hailing from the North West of the UK, Louis has taken the wheel at some of Newcastle’s biggest nightclubs including Digital and Cosmic Ballroom.
We’re super lucky to have Dez in the line-up for this event, a Hatch record resident and serious selector. Ross is no stranger to creating energy across major venues in and around London such as 93 Feet East, Basing House, Pickle Factory, Starlane Pizza Bar along with festivals such as Lovefest and Eastern Electrics to name but a few! And last but no means least, taking us through to close will be our Invite residents Framo and BUILDER, PAINTER, DECORATOR.
As always, to guarantee entry, please buy your ticket online ahead of the event. Do not wait as this event will sell out! We’ll be leaving a small amount of tickets on the door on the night as always but cop your online ticket to make sure you get in.
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The Social and Bristol taste-makers Spinny Nights join forces to present a night of new sounds and ideas – showcasing some of their favourite bands smack bang in the centre of the capitol. 28th February brings fresh Spinny Nights signing Tlya x An to the basement, hot off the back of her latest single ‘Holy J’ with support from enigmatic South London project Me, Charles and Manchester’s BUFFEE.