Friday, 15 July 2005

Smoove No More

On Friday 26th August Smoove, Ministry of Sound’s urban event, will hang up its mic and headphones to make way for a new Friday night format. In its five years governing the urban club circuit, Smoove has become one of the most acclaimed, respected and adored urban nights. Launched in November 2000, the night was Ministry of Sound’s first step into the urban arena. Originally hosted by MJ Cole and Matt White, Smoove fast became the most popular destination for the then booming UK Garage circuit be it players, producer and party people, and has since become the venue that performers have chosen for showcasing new material as well as hanging out. Masterstepz and Shortee Blitz are the current reigning resident DJ’s, commanding the clubs two main rooms with a heavy rotation of Hip Hop, R&B, Bashment, UK Garage and old Skool. As well as carving a reputation for hosting the finest parties, Smoove now has its own distinct identity and dedicated personnel which has seen the launch of international and national tours, albums, radio shows, a dedicated website, live events and more recently Smoove Records, the brand’s record label that has brought us SLK ‘Hype Hype’ and current signing Jamesy P ‘Nookie’. Whilst the label and international tours will remain, Smoove the original Friday party will not, although dedicated fans can continue to enjoy it on a monthly basis when it will appear on a Sunday. These events will take place on the last Sunday of every month and will be hosted by leading DJ’s and performers from all over the globe.  “We have had five amazing years. When we first launched Smoove back in 2000 we could never have predicted its success.  It has been one of Ministry of Sound’s greatest achievements but we do feel that it’s time for a change of direction. We will still host huge monthly parties and continue to spread the Smoove experience across the globe, whilst introducing a fresh and upfront slant to Fridays” - Laurence Bagnall, Smoove Promoter

On Friday 26th August, Smoove will be hosting ‘The Grand Finale’ that will invite a long list of Smoove players, past and present, to the decks and stage. In the main room will be residents Shortee Blitz and Masterstepz alongside Rampage and various live PA’s still to be confirmed.  The Bar will see the return of original R&B resident Matt White with Chippie, Swerve & Semtex and hosts Klarkie & Skinz. Over in the Baby Box, yesteryear Smoove will be represented via preceding UKG resident Norris Windross alongside Pied Piper, Mikee B, Artful Dodger and MC Ranking.

A farewell party for the urban scene’s most adored club night. It is going to be huge and it is going to be sad but the future is going to be exciting. Smoove would like to say a HUGE thank you to all those who have played a part and shown continued love and support.


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