Friendly Records 3rd Birthday Party


Bristol’s brilliant Friendly Records is reaching it’s 3rd year of business and are throwing a party to celebrate!

Taking place on Saturday July 13th, music and beer will be flowing through the shop and bar, and you’ll have a chance to grab a bargain or 10 in their half-price record sale!

Poster by the always amazing Pete Fowler.


WORD at The Social


We’re really looking forward to this evening of spoken word at The Social on June 3rd.

Organised by Violette Records, the event features a line-up jam-packed with amazing authors, all of which are friends and favourites of ours.

Grab a ticket here.

Rough Trade Books Announce Series 4


Rough Trade Books have announced their fourth season of pamphlets, this time including editions by Andrè Naffis-Sahely, Patrick Jones, Ren Aldridge, and Emma Warren.

Naffis-Sahely’s The Other Side of Nowhere, a “radical, psychedelic journal of the end-times”, explores the American West through poetry. His previous work includes The Promised Land: Poems from Itinerant Life (Penguin, 2017) and The Heart of a Stranger: An Anthology of Exile Literature (Pushkin Press, 2019).

Steam Down or How Things Begin by Emma Warren centres around a weekly jam night in Deptford and considers it as an example of how new culture is born. Warren also looks at comparisons between current London jazz and reggae soundsystem culture in the 1980s. The pamphlet is an excellent companion piece to her recently released book Make Some Space: Tuning into Total Refreshment Centre.

Patrick Jones shares an incredibly raw collection of poetry written during his mother’s diagnosis of leukaemia and after her death in My Bright Shadow. “We write to escape ourselves and to find ourselves—these poems are a testament to a life and to love”. The pamphlet is introduced by Patrick’s brother Nicky Wire.

Finally, Ren Aldridge, frontwoman of incendiary feminist post-hardcore band Petrol Girls, releases Cut & Stitch. Expanding on the lyrics and ideas of the band’s latest album of the same name, Aldridge explores cutting and stitching as a way of thinking about topics such as community, the environment, building solidarity, resisting perfectionism,emotional labour, gender and craft.

Find out more and pre-order the pamphlets for their release next month here.

⦿ JUST ANNOUNCED: Will Burns and Hannah Peel to perform ‘Chalk Hill Blue’ at the Barbican ⦿


Earlier this year Rivertones, the Caught by the River audio imprint released ‘Chalk Hill Blue,’ a record by electronic artist Hannah Peel and poet Will Burns.

Inspired by the heaths of Buckinghamshire where he lives and works. Their first collaborative album ‘Chalk Hill Blue’ is also the name of an iridescent blue-grey butterfly which lives on the chalk heaths near his home. Combining these elements together, the duo showcases the consonance between nature, poetry and electronic music.

The duo recently played the record in full at a sold out Cecil Sharp house, which, left the audience entranced as the record came to life.

This coming Autumn, following a string of festival dates the duo have announced a special performance at the Milton Court Concert Hall in the Barbican Centre.





NOTS have a new record out and it’s been on rotation here in the office.




The Social Glastonbury DJ Competition


The Social have are offering a very special opportunity to one lucky DJ out there – a chance to play a set at Glastonbury!

The winner gets a slot at their one-weekend-a-year sister venue at the festival The Stonebridge Bar, with entry to the festival all weekend for you and a friend, plus a set at the bar back in London with support from some competition runner-ups.

To be in with a chance of winning, head to the Save The Social Crowdfunder page and select their ‘Glastonbury DJ Competition’ reward. Then send a set of yours on Soundcloud (or similar) to

Entries close May 23rd, with winners announced soon after. Good luck!


Heavenly Jukebox on Soho Radio


🎵 Yesterday our Danny did a two hour take-over on Soho Radio. Proper good time rock ‘n’ roll tunes to get you on feet! 🎵

The show features tracks by Classics Iv, Dennis Yost, Ofege, Ikebe Shakedown, Fatnotronic & In Flagranti, Zohar The 7th and more.