📚 Rough Trade Books Christmas Party 📚

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It’s been quite a year for Rough Trade Books since it’s launch in the spring. The multinational publishing house brought to you by the minds behind Rough Trade Records, has published three series of pamphlets.

An eclectic mix of short fiction, poetry, illustration, photography & interviews – each pamphlet shines a light on a talent, bound in unique coloured paper that looks nothing short of excellent on the coffee table.


To celebrate this year, here’s a note from them & all the reasons the Rough Trade Book’s Christmas shin-dig at The Social is unmissable:

Join us at the best bar in Central London to celebrate the birth of the third batch of Rough Trade Editions at our Christmas Party—we’ll have Charlotte Newman discussing how OCD exerts influence on all aspects of life,Martha Sprackland reading her strange and transformative new poems,Luke Wright lifting the bonnet on a nation in desperate need of a service, Mathew Clayton on the infinite possibilities and connections of bell-ringing and Marcel Theroux reading his wonderful Christmas stories… plus we might have some very special guests joining us so I suggest you just get yourself a ticket ASAP as we wouldn’t want you missing out or anything.



📷 A Guide To Music Photography by Neelam Khan Vela

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*Reggie & Clarence | Confidence Man | Scala | 08/08/2018

Our friend Neelam Khan Vela is a music photographer who has been out on the road with The Orielles & Parrots as well capturing Confidence Man’s recent summer shows.

We’re big fans of Neelam’s on & off stage shots and now you can read all about her journey over at ID Magazine:

“The best thing is the ability to travel and discover different cities and parts of the world that I would probably never go to if it wasn’t for the job. And, above all, I get to meet lots of amazing people in those places.”

Read all about Neelam’s tour highlights which include front row action of King Gizzard in Hebden Bridge! + what is to be a woman music photographer here.



💥 Our Carl on Soho Radio 💥

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💥 Our Carl was on Soho Radio yesterday doing minimal talking, but, deep mixing of all the brilliant new sounds he’s been enjoying. 💥


Carl will be joined by Sophie & Jeff O’Toole on the decks this coming Friday at The Social as they support World Snooker Champion Steve Davis alongside his DJ partner Kavus Torabi in the basement…


⦿ Bleep x – A new record shop in Dalston ⦿


This weekend Bleep.com opened up a new record shop on the Kingsland Road in Dalston and we went down to check it out.

Our friend Sid Newman (regular DJ at The Social) is the manager, the shop is in a great location, it’s a super space & the record selection is quality.

The Warp affiliated shop took only two weeks to transform into a fully-functioning record store. It’s called Bleep X and currently plans to open for a period of three months.

They will be holding regular in-store events, album launches, DJ sets, talks and demonstrations, plus partnerships with prominent labels and brands in the electronic music world.

Check out the full schedule of in-store events:

November 11th: Bleep × Melodies International
November 15th: Bleep × Magicwire
December 1st: Bleep × NTS Radio
December 2nd: Bleep × Bruce (Hessle Audio)
December 7th: Bleep × Black Focus
December 14th: Bleep × Brainfeeder
January 12th: Bleep × The Wire
January 19th: Bleep × Resident Advisor

Bleep X can be found at 529 Kingsland Rd, E8 4AR. Opening hours are Monday–Thursday 10am–7pm, Friday–Saturday 10am–8pm, Sunday 10am–6pm.


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Pete Fowler x Caught by the River Christmas Cards

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We love these new Christmas card designs by the inimitable Pete Fowler for our friends at Caught by the River.

Available in packs of 3 over on their online shop, get yourselves organised before it’s too late!

A little birdie tells us that they may also have some for sale at the upcoming Social Christmas Market on Saturday the 8th of December, where they’ll be joined by many other friends selling their wares, including a stall from the folks at Heavenly Recordings.

Stay updated with the details by RSVPing here via Facebook.

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Rough Trade Books Presents The Third Series…


They’re back! Another eclectic set of pamphlets from the consistently excellent Rough Trade Books will be released this December, this time including poetry, short stories and speeches in 6 new editions.

Two publicly made speeches concerning Brexit by Jarvis Cocker, a new collection from Caught by the River poet-in-residence Martha Sprackland, and an exercise in resistance courtesy of Charlotte Newman. Stream of consciousness thoughts on the state of the nation from the award-winning Luke Wright, a diverse cast of historical figures drawn together by the sound of Matthew Clayton‘s handbell, and a tender triptych of Christmas tales for 2018 by Marcel Theroux.

The Social will once again be hosting a launch party for the new batch, this time on the 10th of December. Details and tickets will be available soon, so keep an eye peeled here and all will be revealed.

Pre-order the pamphlets.

Steve Davis and Kavus Torabi at The Social


Former World Snooker Champion Steve Davis is coming back to the Social basement for the second in a new series of irregular parties alongside his DJ partner Kavus Torabi (Gong / Cardiacs / Knifeworld) . . 

Together since their first surprise appearances at Bloc and Glastonbury back in 2016 they have travelled up and down the country playing some the best underground clubs and festivals. They bring a unique and totally banging prog-disco-electronic-psych-rock-techno-party everywhere they go.

We’re delighted to now be their occasional London home!

DJ support from Jeff O’Toole + Social residents C&S