Shaking to the rhythm

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BOOTY-SHAKING isn’t something you get to do all that often in Sunderland.

While there’s plenty of indie, dance, rock and cheese nights to get your feet moving, R’n’B nights are few and far between.

However, ever the ones to introduce something different to the city centre, Lola’s in Vine Place, has launched a new urban night – R’n’B Fridays.

In the interests of research – and because I love R’n’B – we went along on Friday night to give it a whirl.

That night the bar had drafted in DJ IKP to take charge of the decks, but will host other top DJs every fortnight.

IKP brought a slick vibe to the bar spinning R’n’B, hip-hop and slow jams.

Lola’s owner, Walter Veti, said: “We decided we’d change our music policy a bit. Other bars play more commercial R’n’B, but we wanted to do something a bit different.

“There’s definitely a gap in the market for it, especially on a Friday. We only ran it as a one-off night at first, but it proved so popular, especially with the female customers, that we’re going to run it regularly.

“I’m a firm believer in house on a Saturday which will be running as normal, but we’re responding to what our customers want.”

The R’n’B nights have seen a 50 per cent increase in business at the bar on a Friday nights – and it’s easy to see why.

Moody lighting and cosy corners at this, one of the city’s most stylish bars, makes it perfect for this kind of music which had the dance floor packed.

Drinks on offer behind the bar complement the theme with rapper’s favourites Ciroc, Petron and Veuve Cliquot available.

We began the night in one of the bar’s booths, which can be reserved, with no minimum spend, by contacting Lola’s Facebook page.

For a more “classic Lola’s” night, head down this weekend when super club Pacha Ibiza resident Graham Sahara will be manning the decks.

Graham has been an Ibiza resident since the legendary party days of the 1990s and has graced the decks of pretty much every superclub and venue of note on the White Isle. Check out how he fares in front of a Mackem crowd on Sunday.