Social Events

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Social events are the glue that binds our learners together, and learners that hang out together, tend to jam together all the better. Some of these are open to everyone. The events where there is high demand and limited space are reserved for people currently engaged in learning.

In nearly all cases we aim to make no profit from Social events and many are free. Where a price is indicated this is likely to just cover costs.

People coming to events for the first time will find themselves made to feel welcome and will be linked up with kindred spirits as soon as they walk through the door. Many people have described our events as one of the highlights of any program with us; we’re looking forward to seeing you at one soon.

Events coming up. 

The Guitar Gullet, Turkey. 30th of June to the 7th of July. SOLD OUT

Seven days of sailing around the Mediterranean with daily workshops, evening jams, swimming, sunbathing, reading and whatever else people do on holiday.

Beer Chords, Kentish Town, 6pm 12th of July, £20. 

Some people don’t like barre chords. Lots of people like beer. A one-hour barre chord workshop followed by a beer tasting event. Beer Chords. Beer chords! for bookings.

TGS Open Mic, The Sheephaven Bay, Camden, 7pm, 19th of July.

Could this be the best Open Mic in London? I’d say so, and though I may be biased here’s my reasons why…

1) A crowd of people that will be just as happy to hear from players that have just started as they would the advance musicians.
2) A big crowd!
3) A crowd that knows when to be quiet and when to go mental.

All welcome. Bring a friend, come alone and you’ll be amongst friends instantly.

TGS at Massive, London Bridge, 7pm 20th of July. 

A sensational live band plays rock, pop and indie anthems with giant video lyrics, and the audience, singing, is the star of the show. They’ll take you on a glittering, spandex-clad journey through all your favourite sing-along hits, with mash-ups, megamixes and more.
This has ‘session’ written all over it! There is a Tesco just up the road so zero cost of entry + cheap booze is bound to make it a super fun night!
Loads of places round there for us to move on to post sing-a-long too.

For an exact meeting location text 07425871904 on the day.

Rock and Roll Pizza Club, The Libertine Pub, London Bridge, 7pm 28th of July.

Featuring three solo spots from some of the Guitar Socials finest and followed with a live karaoke to end all love karaokes (whatever that means.
Bring your singing voice or just an ability to shout loudly.

BBQ’s, Booze and Tunes, Higbury Fields, 4pm 11th of August.

Back on Highbury fields to grasp what is left of the summer. Big easy acoustic tunes for everyone to jam.

07425871904 for exact location.

Band Camp Returns, Surrey, 11am 17th of August to 12pm 19th of August.

Unprecedented here at TGS, we’re doing a second Band Camp in one year (apart from least year, when we also did two…)

You’ll be driven in the fun bus from London to a beautiful private wood land in Surrey where there’ll be a weekend of workshops, jamming, tree climbing, falling out of hammocks, staying up late/or going to be early if that’s your thing, songs, riffs, food, bottomless booze and friendships formed.

The cost is £155 and it covers everything, food, drinks, pitch, travel and other costs incurred along the way. P{layers of all levels are welcome.

For more details email or get in touch on 07425871904

TGS Music Quiz, Camden TBC, 7pm 24th of August

Some properly difficult and some ridiculously easy questions about music delivered with a kind of sickening arrogance and total disregard to fact.

 Rock and Roll Pizza Club, The Libertine Pub, London Bridge, 7pm 25th of August.

Featuring live music from The Wild East plus support followed by banging tunes to keep your feet moving until we’re all thrown out.
There’ll be Pizza as well.

TGS at Spiritual Records, The Monarch, Chalk Farm Road, 2pm Bank Holiday Monday 27th of August.

Spiritual Records is an indie Folk/Blues record label based in Camden. They host a couple of all day music festival things a year with the guys and gals signed to their label. I’ve been to some before and they are always super fun and the crowd are really friendly – kinda feels like a big family!
The musical talent on display is always incredible – I’m surprised they are still playing in bars!!

A Spotify playlist featuring artists that will be performing can be found here:

For those without Spotify, here are a couple of youtube links:

£6 advance £7 Door

TGS in Berlin! 18th to the 22nd of September 2018. 

TGS has been to Prague, Turkey and the Musical Forest twice in the last twelve months and each trip has been way beyond average, some might even say pretty good, so we thought we’d have a stab at being great by going to Berlin.

You’ll be staying in TGS Towers Berlin which is a massive house full of guitars and Guitar Social People. Aside form workshops we have extra surprises lined up which will be announced shorty.

For details email or get in touch on 07425871904

Events you just missed 😦

The Guitar Social Open Mic, 7th of April, 7.30pm, The Roebuck, Belsize Park. 

A chance to get on stage and share your talents with a crowd of supportive music enthusiasts. This is an energetic, lively event where people of all standards are invited and supported to play. Come as a performer or come as spectator-we’d love to have you down.

TGS at Ronnie Scotts, 11th of May, 8pm, Ronnie Scotts, Soho £20+

Ronnie Scotts isn’t just one of the greatest and most historic music venues in London, it has a place amongst the great venues of the world. Here’s a chance to go and check out some jazz, maybe enjoy a cocktail and do some dancing.  The act isn’t booked yet, but to express your interest text 07425871904

TGS Gig Night, 25th of May, 7.30pm, The Lexington, Angel (probably £8)

The summer has pretty much arrived and what better way to see it in than by hotboxing yourself in a sweaty venue whilst checking out some live music. We’re trusting The Lexington which is a pretty reliable venue and I guess not knowing what’s on is part of the adventure.

Band Camp, 8th-10th of June

A weekend of camping and music. See here for more details.

Term Two End Party! 16th of June, Venue TBC

Time to rock out in celebration of the hard work. Live performances, great dance moves. Sore heads.

The Guitar Social Music Quiz, 22nd of March, 7.30pm, The Sheephaven, Camden. 

Our very first in-house music quiz featuring live performances from Guitar Social learners, sound samples and audio. Prizes might be won…maybe…

Rock and Roll Pizza Club, 24th of February, 7.30pm, The Libertine, London Bridge, £8

A bi-monthly night of live music and amazing pizzas in a gorgeous pub just near Borough Station. This month there is music from Gary Hayden, Vic Sharma and Deicola Neves-

Tickets will be on sale from Monday the 19th of February from this page.

Bogan Bingo, 1st of March, 7.30pm, The Slug, Fulham SW6 5NH, £10.50

Bingo set to a heavy Rock soundtrack and hosted by two Austrailian men in dangerously short shorts and sporting fantastic mullets. Anarchic, funny, chaotic bingo, Rock and Roll Bingo! For tickets text 07425871904

Pound Shop Band, 3rd of March, 3pm, Camden Venue TBC, Free

When I was a boy we didn’t need amazing instruments to be in a band. We made them out of lumps of coal and our mother’s misery. We’d beat a bit of tin with the same belt our fathers would beat us with for smoking in the garden shed. We’d blow down the drain pipe in the absence of a trumpet. I for one, consider these the glory days, and I’d like to bring them back. So…
We start with a Skiffle workshop. Skiffle was a very early form of blues in which musicians would play using homemade instruments. Then we take a load of junk bought from the pound shop and turn them into instruments to make our own skiffle band. Simple, right? Only ten spots available. Text 07425871904 to secure your spot. Priority is given to people on a course or about to start a course.

The Guitar Social Movie Club, 9th of March, 7.30pm, Camden-Secret Location, £13

We’ll be taking over a most unusual location in Camden to show a documentary about Latin Jazz, which will be followed by a live performance of…some Latin Jazz! If that doesn’t sound Jazzy enough they’ll be some rum cocktails to inspire some jazzy dancing. Space is very limited at 25 tickets, money pays for the band and can be purchased here. Location will be sent out on the day of the event but here’s a clue, its Camden.

Tickets will be on sale from Monday the 19th of February from this page.

Term One End Party! 16th of March, 7.30pm, The Roebuck, Belsize Park, Free

After working hard for a whole ten weeks, our term one learners take to the stage to show us what they can do. Expect glory, stardom and maybe a hangover shortly after.

Girl from the North Country, Noel Coward Theatre, Thursday 25th of January, 7.30pm. Tickets in our row, £25. Group of fifteen. Two tickets left. 

The Old Vic transfer this world premiere of Girl From the North Country, an electrifying new work from esteemed playwright Conor McPherson along with classic songs from Bob Dylan, to the West End at the Noel Coward Theatre.
Duluth, Minnesota in the midst of the Great Depression.
A family adrift, their future on a knife edge. Lost and lonely people drifting through rooms of their guesthouse. But Nick Laine thinks he’s seen a way out…
Conor McPherson received the 1999 Olivier Award for Best New Play for The Weir and is considered to be one of the great contemporary Irish playwrights. His works have been produced both in the West End and on Broadway, including Shining City, The Seafarer and The Night Alive which received the 2014 New York Drama Critics Circle award for Best Play.

Sunday Roast Music Swap Shop, The Grafton, Prince of Wales Road, Sunday 28th of January. 

Bring whatever it is that you listen to music to (phones, mp3 players, gramophones etc) and we’ll each share some tracks we’ve been listening to while enjoying a Sunday Roast. Its a simple concept for the simple minded music fan looking to connect through music.
Voluntary room hire fee of £3 welcome.

Here’s some of the previous events from summer 2017 what you done gone and  missed. Not listed is The Christmas Party, Halloween Party and a few others that escaped us. 

Graduation Night, 14th of July, 7pm. Our term two brigade have been working hard on getting their set together for the big reveal on the 14th of July. Venue TBC-save the date.

Graduation Night

Free Soho Music Tour 29th of July, 2pm. Come explore some of Londons key historic music spots with a ninety minute musical walking tour.

Band Camp! 4th to 6th of August Our return to the Musical Forest for a weekend of camp fire, songs and workshops. Email for details.

Bandcamp web

Gig Night, Camden 11th of August, 8pm onwards. Camden has some of the most iconic music venues in the world (or Camden) Here’s a chance to go out and explore them. Lets call it the big night out of the summer! I’ll pick some venues playing some good stuff, expect to pay about £10 on the door (of wherever we end up).

Guitar Social Open Mic 17th of August. London’s friendliest, most welcoming and coolest Open Mic. The Roebuck, Hampstead, 7pm.

The Guitar Social Village Fete, 19th of August, 3pm-7pm, Highbury Fields.

Sack Races, Egg and Spoons, Coconut Shy, these are not things that only kids get to play with; their for fully grown adult musicians too! They’ll be lots to do, live music, food, drinks. A free event with some fund raising opportunities for The Guitar Social Foundation.

The Guitar Gullet! 10th of June-17th of June 2017, Turkey.

Seven days cruising the Islands of Turkey with daily Guitar Workshops and nightly Jams. One Space left, £750 includes flights, food, accommodation and tuition.SCGULLET

BBQ’s, Booze and Blues. Saturday 27th of June, 3pm-6.30pm, Highbury Fields

A big good ol’ fashioned jam and BBQ on what is to be predicted the first hot day of the year. The BBQ is open to everyone, just rock up with some food and drink. We will be holding two workshops, 3-4pm The 12 Bar Riff and Turnaround and 4-5pm Early American Blues and Folk. Both workshops cost just £9 each.

Rock and Roll Pizza Club. Saturday 27th of May, 7.30-Mid Night, The Libertine, London Bridge.

An evening of live Music and some of the best pizzas in London, hosted by The Guitar Social.

The Physics of Music, 13th of April 2017, 7.30pm, The Roebuck, Belsize Park

Talk about fascinating physical and musical phenomena. Sound generation, propagation and amplification with interactive examples that involve guitars+other instruments. NO physics or music knowledge required