Shame to debut new material at special show to save The Social in London next week

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Shame have announced a free show at the beleaguered London venue The Social in which they’ll play new songs.

The punk five-piece, who released their debut record ‘Songs of Praise’ last year, will perform a set on Wednesday (March 20) at the central London venue that was this week revealed to be under threat of closure.

Shame’s Charlie Steen

The establishment needs to raise £95,000 in two weeks or it will shut, with developers planning to redevelop the space as a chain cocktail bar. As the venue’s 20th anniversary approaches, the current proprietors have launched a crowdfunding campaign to prevent this.

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Robin Turner, who was one of the brains behind setting up the Little Portland Street venue, told NME that “when these rooms go, they’re gone forever”, and urged fans to donate.

“Give these venues some love now because they won’t be there forever and you’ll miss them when they’re gone. Going to gigs, buying a couple of pints and feeding frantic energy into venues…that’s what makes these places tick,” Turner said.

Beck, live at The Social, London

Beck, live at The Social, London

He added that the fundraising campaign – which if successful would enable the team to develop “a better viewing area downstairs” as well as a dressing room and improvements to the PA – will prove “a real test of whether people give a shit about the venue or not”.

Wednesday’s show will Shame’s first gig of 2019 and follows a whirlwind year for the London quintet who were nominated for the Mercury Music Prize. The band also landed in NME’s top albums of 2018.


The band were recently announced for the 2019 edition of Iceland Airwaves Festival, joining the likes of Mac DeMarcoShame and Whitney. The Reykjavik festival returns once more between 6-9 November.