Independent Venue Week: The Social, London

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As part of our series featuring venues involved in Independent Venue Week (Jan 23-29), Katie is covering a bunch of the London locations…

Name: The Social

Address: 5 Little Portland St, Fitzrovia, London W1W 7JD


Telephone No: 020 7636 4992

Date Founded: 1999

Gabrielle Aplin (photo by Katie Frost)

Capacity: 400 (in the whole venue, the area in front of the stage holds about 50 I would say)

Brief History: In 1999 Heavenly Recordings set up The Social; a tiny bar-come-venue on a side street close to Oxford Street. Hip Hop Karaoke every Thursday!

Personal Experience: I first experienced The Social when I photographed Never Fade Sessions; a monthly acoustic evening showcasing emerging talent hosted by Never Fade Records, which is co-owned by Gabrielle Aplin.

Notable Acts Played There: Vampire Weekend, Fat Boy Slim, Beck and Jack White.

Highlights Coming Up: Never Fade Sessions on 30 January.

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