SMOOSH! by Paraorchestra
Take part in a mobile human jukebox in this rip-roaring music parade from Paraorchestra – a high-energy wind and brass band joined by a troupe of dancers.
Paraorchestra brings a wind and brass band and a troupe of dancers for an on-the-move performance of pop-karaoke classics.
Think Fatboy Slim meets Kate Bush meets Basement Jaxx.
For SMOOSH!, a core of Paraorchestra musicians, plus up to 50 local players, are joined by professional and community dancers to form a mobile human jukebox.
You're invited out onto the South Bank of the Thames to dance and sing along in a magnificent, cacophonous, communal karaoke – a ‘massaoke’!
Composed by Emma-Jean Thackray, with choreography by Tom Jackson Greaves and Beth Hinton-Lever. Directed by Charles Hazlewood.
Produced by Paraorchestra. Presented by the Southbank Centre.
Need to know
This event is a parade which moves around the Southbank Centre. The performance has been designed to be as accessible as possible, however it is worth noting that it is loud, colourful and energetic, so audience members who prefer a lower-intensity experience may prefer to watch from further away.
All stages of the parade route have step-free access.
Static moments of the performance occur at its beginning (Riverside Terrace, Level 2) and end (on Queen's Walk, in front of the Royal Festival Hall).
Timings and the route for the parade are subject to change, contingent on weather and audience numbers. In the event of wet weather, SMOOSH! will take place on Level 2 of the Royal Festival Hall.
Southbank Centre security and Visitor Assistants will manage crowd control during the performance. Please be mindful that the parade needs to pass through a few narrower areas, and follow their direction.
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Dates & times
Sat 24 Jun, 3pm & 5pm
Approximate run time: 45 minutes per performance
- Standard entryFree, but ticketed
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Our address is: Southbank Centre, Belvedere Road, London SE1 8XX.
- The nearest tube and train stations within 5-7 minutes walk are Waterloo (Northern, Bakerloo, Jubilee and Waterloo & City lines) and Embankment (District & Circle lines).
- There are also lots of bus routes with stops 2-5 minutes from our venues. For more information on getting here by road, rail or river.
Toilets, including accessible toilets, are open on Level 2 of the Royal Festival Hall for ticket holders and those attending Riverside Terrace events.
The Royal Festival Hall cloakroom is in the Green Side Foyer, Level 4. It’s £1 per item, card only. The cloakroom opens about an hour before ticketed events, and closes around 15 minutes after the performance ends. It can be accessed via Lifts 2 & 3, Green Side, Royal Festival Hall. The Queen Elizabeth Hall cloakroom is closed.
Any sized item can be left in our cloakroom, including fold-away bicycles. We don’t accept non-folding bicycles. Items must be collected on the same day they are stored. From time to time, the cloakroom may not be available. You won’t be able to bring any bags over 40 x 25 x 25cm into the auditorium of the Royal Festival Hall or the Queen Elizabeth Hall, or into the Hayward Gallery, so please leave large bags at home.
Items are left in our cloakrooms at the owner’s risk, and we cannot accept any responsibility for loss or damage, from any cause, to these items.
Entering the hall
There may be short queues to enter the building and the auditorium. If you are not able to queue or need further assistance, our Visitor Assistants are here to help you.
For level access to the Royal Festival Hall, please use the external lift near the Artists' Entrance on Southbank Centre Square, Belvedere Road, to Level 2, and enter via Riverside Terrace. All floors are accessible from the main foyer.
We welcome wheelchair users and guide companion dogs.
Blue Badge holders and those with access requirements can be dropped off on the Queen Elizabeth Hall Slip Road off Belvedere Road (the road between the Royal Festival Hall and the Hayward Gallery).
There are four Blue Badge parking spaces available for visitors located on the Queen Elizabeth Hall Slip Road. Spaces are allocated on a first-come, first-served basis, and are free to use. You must display your Blue Badge as you enter the site. Vehicles that do not display a Blue Badge are refused entry.
Blue Badge parking at National Theatre
Alternative parking for Blue Badge holders visiting the Southbank Centre can be found at the National Theatre car park (330 metres). If you are visiting the Hayward Gallery, just take your badge and car park ticket to the Ticket Desk in the gallery foyer for validation before you leave.
Please note: on Sunday when the National Theatre building is closed there is no step-free access from the car park.
Alternative parking is available nearby at the APCOA Cornwall Road Car Park (490 metres), subject to charges.
Blue Badge parking at APCOA Cornwall Road
Alternative parking for Blue Badge holders visiting the Southbank Centre can also be found at the South Bank Car Park – APCOA Cornwall Road Car Park. Just take your badge and car park ticket to the parking attendant office at the entrance to the car park for validation before you leave.
A drop-off point at the Royal Festival Hall (30 metres) has been created for visitors who are unable to walk from alternative car parks.
Our Access Scheme
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