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SWN 2018 – Heavenly & Gwenno Curate


This September we’re co-hosting a stage with Gwenno at this years SWN festival in Cardiff.

Gwenni will headline our stage performing tracks from this years critically acclaimed album ‘Le Kov.’

Special guests include Adwaith & Halo Maud + Heavenly Jukebox DJ’s.

The event takes place at the Tramshed, Cardiff on Wednesday 17th September.

We’re delighted that Boy Azoopa also join the Saturday SWN line-up.



Speedy Wundergound Year 3 + Social Launch Party


Our friends at Speedy Wunderground are releasing their year 3 compilation next month and to celebrate their having a launch party at The Social.

The London-based record label releases its third compilation of its limited edition 7” (and one 10”) singles on 27th July 2018 via limited edition 12” vinyl and digital formats.

It’s currently Lauren Lavern’s ‘Compilation of The Week‘ on BBC 6 Music.

Pierre Hall, one of the big bosses at Speedy Wunderground says to 6music:
“The whole idea of Speedy is to be unrestricted, so although the ‘rules’ themselves have always been slightly tongue-in-cheek, there would be a subtle sense of irony in the idea that we were restricted by our own restrictions! So we’re kinda open to anything. That’s the point. As always, the music takes first priority.”


The album launch will take place at The Social as part of this summers ‘Prison Tan Series.’


ONE TO READ: Going for a Song


Ian Preece mulls over Garth Cartwright’s ‘Going for a Song: A Chronicle of the UK Record Shop’,  out now with Flood Gallery Publishing. over at Caught by the River.



CHECK OUT: Rough Trade Books


Rough Trade Books launches this month with 12 pamphlets – Rough Trade Editions – including a collection of poems from Salena Godden, drawings from experimental musician Daniel Blumberg, short fiction from Melissa Lee Houghton, drawings from Ana Da Silva, a zine from Jenn Pelly and an ‘tarot novella’ from music writer and novelist David Keenan with illustrations by Sophy Hollington.

Bonus fact: each pamphlets is a beautifully designed thing.

You can subscribe and get the pamphlets, plus news of forthcoming events and books, at Rough Trade Books. And you can read an exclusive extract from Keenan’s book, To Run Wild With It, on The Quietus website here. 

Counterpoint at Tate Modern


Counterpoint celebrates a new wave of London jazz-inspired musicians who are on the rise worldwide. This monthly night sees musicians applying their improv skills to their record collections, with selected pairings playing back to back each night.

Tickets are free for under 25s who sign up to Tate Collective, or £5 in advance or on the door.

June 14th: Ms Maurice aka Sheila M. Maurice-Grey b2b Cassie Kinoshi
Visual artist with work on sale: Lewis Heriz Illustration

Sheila Maurice-Grey and Cassie Kinoshi play trumpet and clarinet respectively in KOKOROKONÉRIJA and SEED Ensemble. They’re first call for musicians like Kano, Kwes and Loyle Carner when they want to turn the musicianship levels up high.

July 5th: Joe Armon-Jones b2b Kwake Bass
Visual artist with work on sale: Ben Connors + Plantain Papers

Ezra Collective member Joe Armon-Jones brings pure dynamism to the keyboards. In a town of great drummers, Sampha-collaborator Kwake Bass is arguably the most creative. They’ll be cooking up a dub set for Counterpoint.

Aug 2nd Steam Down Special: Ahnansé b2b Wonky Logic + Alex Rita and Nadeem
Visual artist with work on sale: Raimund Wong and Total Refreshment Centre

The Steam Down Collective’s weekly spot in Deptford spontaneously creates grimey afro-futuristic brilliance, alongside some of the most hype crowds on the planet. Ahnansé leads the band, on sax. Wonky Logic holds everything down on synth bass. Whatever they do, it’ll be fire.

Musical grounding is provided at each event by Música Macondofeaturing Tim GarciaTeju AdeleyeTash LCIAMRISHA, MARINA and Mr. Redley

Each event will also celebrate some of the visual artists connected to this upsurge of diaspora-centred talent. Lewis Heriz, Raimund Wong, Ben Connors and the collective behind the very excellent Plantain Papers magazine will be showing and selling their work. Bring cash!

The event has been put together by writer and broadcaster Emma Warren:

“These new generation musicians play at a ridiculously sophisticated level. They grew up in producer culture and they get the dance, and this combination is creating something new. They bring with them a powerful culture of improvisation and collaboration and now we’ll get to see how they apply their improv skills when there are some records in the mix.”

Venue: Terrace Bar, Tate Modern (Blavatnik Building)

Artwork: Ben Connors

Tate Collective sign up:


Nabihah Iqbal (DJ set) + Heavenly Jukebox at The Tate Modern


Join us for a drink and dance as part of this new summer guest DJ series at the Tate Modern, Terrace Bar.

Many musicians like to speak of versatility, but Nabihah Iqbal has better grounds than most. She boasts an MPhil (focused on African history) from Cambridge, experience working in human rights law and a black belt in Karate. Formerly known as Throwing Shade, she’s ditched that moniker to embrace the name she was born with. Her debut album for Ninja Tune, ‘Weighing of the Heart’ is a big statement in two ways: first, because she’s taken her real name to stand proudly as a female British Asian artists making music and, secondly, because she’s moved her music in a bolder, more expansive direction.


Prison Tan Series – The Bristol Germ Presents MXLX

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This week marks the beginning of a new night at our beloved Social, PRISON TAN, and first up in this series is the ‘Bristol Germ’, bringing you some incredible live music from Bristol. 


The Bristol Germ is a new illustrated music magazine, designed to document a dramatic, inspiring episode in underground and avant-garde music taking place in Bristol. Pairing in-depth interviews with mesmerising original artwork, this occasional publication explores the eclectic community of musicians, promoters and record labels driving this remarkable movement in DIY music culture. It is designed to do what the mainstream music press has not, and will not: bring this music to the lives of people who deserve to hear it.
MORE EVENT INFO: Prison Tan Series – The Bristol Germ Presents MXLX

The Bristol Germ Presents



Scalping (DJ) Set

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Wednesday 6 Jun – Black Midi

Thursday 7 Jun – Sink Ya Teeth