Hats off to R’n’B night

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BREATHING new life into Sunderland’s nightlife is no mean feat, but S3lect seems to be doing just that.

The new R’n’B and rap night took place for the first time on Friday and it proved a big hit.

Bar One was packed with fans of the genre, eager to throw some shapes to tunes spinned by DJ Bryce Fury.

The night is the brainchild of Jamiee Rose. She said: “We were going to launch the night at Diva, but my business partner, Marcus, had the idea of giving it a soft launch and it ended up being really popular.

“We were only going to run the night downstairs, but it was so busy we had to open upstairs as well.

“The house music thing is overplayed in Sunderland, but there isn’t really an Rn’B’ scene like there is in other cities, so we thought we’d give it a go.”

The club night promoter from Peterlee, added: “We don’t mix in dance or house music, it’s strictly R’n’B and rap.”

Jamiee, who has been behind a series of club nights in the city, says it’s important to try and inject new life into its ailing night time economy.

“I think it’s good to have competition in the town,” she said. “The town is dying at the minute so anything that will draw people in has got to be a good thing.”

l S3lect takes place at Bar One, in Tunstall Road, on Fridays from 11pm to 3am. Entry is £3.