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Save The Social!


The Social, the legendary West End venue on Little Portland Street that been linked with us at Data Transmission as far back as the memory will let us (fun nights and all ;)) is under threat from closure as it reaches the milestone of its twentieth birthday.

Our ties to the Social started way back when The Heavenly Sunday Social launched which was the Chemical Brothers first London residency (they were the Dust Brothers then); support came from the likes of Andrew Weatherall, Tricky, Tim Burgess, David Holmes, Justin Robertson and many others. There was no genre, just good music. Eighteen months later, the Social took over legendary subterranean venue Turnmills (where dt was born) for three years every week before opening its doors on Little Portland Street in 1999.

In 2014, we helped them mark their 15th birthday with a special Data Transmission take over at the bar, for those that haven’t been its a glorious sweaty low celling delight, a space that is cramped and lovely in all the ways a good venue should be.

NOW! Rising rents and an offer to the building’s leaseholder from a cocktail and wine bar chain have put The Social under very serious threat.

The bar’s founders need to raise money to buy a controlling share in the venue from the leaseholder in order to keep The Social open. Unless new investment is found in the next 2 weeks then the iconic venue will be forced to close its doors.

We’re asking you for help – please help save this glorious part of London clubland’s history!


Grahame Farmer

Grahame Farmer’s love affair with electronic music goes back to the mid-90s when he first began to venture into the UK’s beloved rave culture, finding himself interlaced with some of the country’s most seminal club spaces. A trip to dance music’s anointed holy ground of Ibiza in 1997 then cemented his sense of purpose and laid the foundations for what was to come over the next few decades of his marriage to the music industry.

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