SMOOSH! From Paraorchestra

Hitting the streets of Knowle West in September

SMOOSH! A rip-roaring music parade from Paraorchestra

17th September 2021
4pm and 6.30pm*

Brought to you by Filwood Community Centre, SMOOSH! is a free event that will see a 70-strong brass and wind band performing rip-roaring pop music on the move through the streets of Knowle West this September – think, Basement Jaxx meets Adele meets Tricky!

Performed by Paraorchestra, with the support of community musicians and a troop of dancers, SMOOSH! is a show that ambushes you: you’ll find it around a street corner, or outside your house when you’re taking out the bins, and find yourself curiously drawn in – until you too are dancing and singing along in magnificent communal karaoke – a ‘massaoke’!

SMOOSH! delivers some much-needed live entertainment and a street-party vibe, bringing friends and families of Knowle West together for a safe, accessible, and joyful community celebration.

SMOOSH! is a Paraorchestra production in partnership with Bristol Beacon and Filwood Community Centre.

Composed by Emma-Jean Thackray

Directed by Charles Hazlewood

Choreography by Tom Jackson Greaves with Beth Hinton-Lever

SMOOSH! Has been made possible thanks to funding from:

The Linbury Trust, Esmée Fairbairn Foundation and The Cultural Recovery Fund

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

Road closures:

We will be using a rolling road closure for the performance which will be managed by a traffic management company. The roads along the route will be closed a short time before the SMOOSH! parade arrives and will reopen once the procession has passed. The roads will not be closed for any longer than is necessary and access will be available for emergency vehicles at all times. If this impacts you, please follow the diversion or park up nearby for a few minutes until the parade has passed. If residents require vehicle access to their property during the show, and are unable to wait, they will be able to do so and the traffic management company will liaise with the event staff to ensure this is done safely. 

Route and timing:

4pm: The parade starts on Filwood Broadway travelling along parts of Hartcliffe Bantry, Carlow and Connaught Roads, before finishing on Toynbee Road approximately 4.40pm.

6.30pm: Starting at Toynbee Road, travels along parts of Connaught, Padstow, and Hartcliffe Roads, before finishing back on the Broadway at approximately 7.10pm

All timings are subject to weather conditions and may shift slightly to avoid heavy rain.

Noise levels:

While the parade is happening there will be some noise, but we will not be using any amplifiers and we hope you’ll enjoy the music. If you have any concerns about the noise on the day you can contact the team on 07950278068 this phone will be manned between 3pm-7:30pm on the 17th September. Filming and photography will be taking place throughout the event.


We hope you’ll join us from your doorsteps and pavements to dance and sing along with us. Please be mindful that due to Covid-19 the performers are required to socially distance, and please don’t partake in the event if you are showing any symptoms of Covid or have been asked to self-isolate.