With a mandate secured by years of successful Saved parties, Nic Fanciulli unveiled a brand-new festival – The Social - back in the late summer of 2014. It’s mission: to provide a credible home ground for the hordes of Kent based clubbers that, prior to this, had been travelling far and wide across the South of England week in and week out, in pursuit of large scale house and techno parties.
The line-up, modest in comparison to subsequent editions, saw The Social bring Art Department, Craig Richards, Ben Pearce, Nina Kraviz, Seth Troxler, Subb-an, Ame and more to this particular corner of The Garden of England (Mote Park). Much fun was had on a sunny day, but little did the scores of skinny jean wearing tech heads know – this was really the start of something.
In 2015, big names piled on. Richie Hawtin, Dubfire, Jamie Jones, Hot Since 82 and more bought some serious fire, alongside the newly appointed Abode residents. 2016’s edition saw addition of a second day and the titanic reunion of Sasha and John Digweed, who played together back-to-back for the first time after a 6 year hiatus, on a line-up also boasting the king of techo Carl Cox and other greats like Laurent Garnier, Roni Size, Joseph Capriati, Bicep and Solomun.
By all accounts the festival was chock full of quality, memory making ‘moments’ and 2017 – the festival’s fifth anniversary - looks set to be no exception. The return of Coxy is high praise – he’s joined by Apollonia, Black Coffee and Jackmaster, amongst others, with more names set to be announced soon.
Lets face it, by September we’re almost totally in need of a good sleep and sick to the back teeth of festivals – but The Social is a horse worth betting on for your final fling, especially as tickets are priced at 2-4-1 for a limited time only.
Check the full line-up here