SMOOSH! brings a 70-piece wind and brass band and a troop of dancers performing rip-roaring pop karaoke tunes on the move to the streets of Knowle West, Bristol this September for a safe, inclusive, and celebratory mobile street party.

In our biggest commission to date, a core of 20 musicians from Paraorchestra will be joined by up to 50 community wind and brass players and an army of professional and community adult and child dancers to perform a track list of songs by artists such as Fat Boy Slim, Kate Bush, Basement Jaxx, and Adele.

An antidote to a year+ of lockdown restrictions and absence of live entertainment SMOOSH! invites residents and visitors out onto their doorsteps to dance and sing along in magnificent, cacophonous, communal karaoke – a ‘massaoke’!

Friday 17 September 2021, 4pm & 6.30pm*

Route map of SMOOSH

Downloadable PDF SMOOSH! Route Map

Text description of the SMOOSH Route Word

Audio description of SMOOSH! route map:

More information on road closures can be found here.

Composed by Emma-Jean Thackray
Directed by Charles Hazlewood
Choreography by Tom Jackson Greaves with Beth Hinton-Lever

In partnership with Bristol Beacon and Filwood Community Centre

two logos. Bristol Music Trust stacked in mustard sans-sefir font. Filwood Community Centre in black illustrated with red green yellow and blue dots.

SMOOSH! has been made possible with funding from The Linbury Trust, Esmée Fairbairn Foundation, and the Culture Recovery Fund.

Three logos. The Linbury Trust in a traditional, orange font. Esmee Fairbairn Foundation in black, preceded by EF in a circle. Here for Culture in a black square partially rotated.

*Timings subject to weather conditions. Date subject to site permissions, licensing, current government guidance and legislation.