Faber Socials, a groundbreaking mix of book launch, nightclub and gig, have become a fixture on the UK literary scene since their launch a few years ago. Now, following its sold-out Irish debut at last year’s festival, the Faber Social brings its laid-back vibe to The Button Factory with another eclectic line-up of musicians, writers and djs.
This year’s theme is ‘Words and Music’, and the words will be provided by Viv Albertine, legendary guitarist with punk band The Slits, who chats to Sinéad Gleeson about the heady days of punk, when she formed a band with Sid Vicious, her 25-year break from music, her acting debut in Joanna Hogg’s Exhibition, and her new solo album The Vermilion Border. The conversation continues with Bob Stanley, dj, songwriter and keyboardist with St Etienne, who joins Jim Carroll to talk about Yeah Yeah Yeah, his acclaimed new biography of pop. Music comes from songwriters Pearse McGloughlin and Justin Grounds, whose acclaimed album Idiot/Songs, inspired by the writings of Dostoevsky, mixes haunting vocals with electronic beats. Jim Carroll also djs through the evening.