Our upstairs venue – The Loft – is a gorgeously appointed room, with superb sound and a boho circus feel, that hosts our premium gigs and clubs.
The room has also hosted bespoke weddings, wrap parties, fashion shows, launch parties, burlesque nights, quizzes, film screenings, readings, award ceremonies and much more.
In February 2012 The Grand Social was voted Irish Music Rights Organization (IMRO) Dublin Venue of the Year by its members and public alike; a superb achievement in beating off other nominees The Olympia, Vicar St, The Academy & The Button Factory after only a year and a half in operation. We have been nominated for National venue of the year for 5 years running.
A short roll call of artists who have performed here includes Primal Scream, Django Django, Jake Bugg, Kevin Rowland, Ghostpoet, Michael Kiwanaku, Miles Hunt, Katie Tempest, Pokey LaFarge, Washed Out, Fionn Regan, Andy Irvine, Suuns, Com Truise, The Polecats, Aidan Moffat & Bill Wells, Gruff Rhys, Lower Dens, Cass McCombs, Damien Dempsey, Laetitia Sadier, Egyptian Lover, The Strypes, Crystal Stilts, Starslinger, Bell X1, Eddie Reader, Jape, Big Sandy, Kid Congo Powers et.al and is also where some of the top DJs from home & abroad (Duke Dumont, Klangarussell, Unabombers, Nicky Siano, The Revenge, Craig Smith, Terrence Parker, Traversable Wormhole, Donal Dineen et.al) have mixed.
THE LOFT – STAGE, SOUND & LIGHTING TECH SPEC
200 seated and standing (60 seated cabaret style, the rest standing)
90 fully seated
Stage Size: 22′ wide x 11′ deep x 36″ high
P.A System: dB Technologies
DVA T4 Line Array Top: four top boxes per side and one double 18 bin per side
dB Technologies DVA S 20Subwoofer aktive
32 Channel Digital Desk: Yahama M7CL
Microphones 614 Evolution mic x 2
Shure sm 57 x 3
Shure sm 58 x 5
Audix DP7 7-piece
Drum Mic Package D6 – Kicki5 – Snare D2 x 2 – Rack Toms, D4 – Floor Tom ADX51 x 2 – Overheads
6 x DI Boxes
32 Channel Multicore
5 dB Technologies Opera M12-4 PLUS 12 ‘/ 1’ Monitors (from FOH)
6 X Eurolite Led par cans
4 x Par 56 (Par cans) on upstage bar
3 x Par 56 (Par cans) on F.o.H Bar
4 x LED Moving Heads
1 x Projector & remote Screen (VGA cable & MAC convertor on site)
1 x Martin Hazer
1 x Mirror ball
2 x Pioneer CDJ 850s
2 x Technics 1210s Vinyl decks
1 x Pioneer DJM 700 Mixer