Never went to any Smokescreen parties, didn’t actually get to hear about them until afterwards. From what I understand they were northern and fun and er… that’s about it. It’s worth mentioning that there were hundreds of crews up and down the country who put local parties on on a regular basis and never got any credit, and plenty of them didn’t even have a name.. I digress, here’s a report from Mharridge (who also contributed some other reports, thanks again Mharridge 🙂 )
New Years Eve again and the obligatory free party was in full effect. A nice little group of friends headed up the M1 in 2 or 3 cars towards Sheffield. Agtain the customary 12pm champagne stop was observed before heading into Sheffield City Centry – literally – where Smokescreen had aken charge of a squatted school for the night. After walking through the playground I felt somewhat responsible when no music was heard instead coming across a couple of young lads playing chess next to a little portable stereo in a doorway. Undeterred we persevered and lo and behold walking through the next doorway into the lunch hall I was hit with a wall of sound and colour. From that point on the next 8 hours were a total loss to me. The DJ’s were conveniently placed in the kitchen and were accessible through the food serving hatch hehe.
Smokescreen played there renowned bass heavy house dub and a great night was had by all. I don’t know where the drugs came from but they were certainly good – I had to be dragged away from getting a little too friendly with an older woman – thanks Woodie. As well as the main room there was a side room (I think) and various other rooms upstairs which I learnt a lot of my friends had retired to. We eventually left the party gone 8am as usual and I gingerly.. made my way back across the 45 degree playground to our parked car, slap bang in the middle of a residential housing estate. I later found out that about a week later the school was set alight before being vacated by its present occupants 😉