Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Big Names in Music Will Rule the Waves; FERRY PASSENGERS GET THE ADDED BONUS OF SEEING TWO MAJOR ACTS PERFORM ON BOARD

Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Big Names in Music Will Rule the Waves; FERRY PASSENGERS GET THE ADDED BONUS OF SEEING TWO MAJOR ACTS PERFORM ON BOARD

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THE first of DFDS's North Sea Sounds ferry trips take to the water this weekend with Craig Charles and Smoove and Turrell ensuring that a sold out crowd of passengers have the funkiest of soulful times from the moment they set sail.

While Gateshead-based Smoove and Turrell - who are about to release a new album, Crown Posada, in October - will be taking care of the entertainment as everyone makes their way from North Shields to Amsterdam, Radio Two DJ - and Red Dwarf legend - Craig Charles will be spinning no end of tunes on the way back. Sounds cracking, doesn't it? We interrupted their suitcase-packing ahead of the trip to ask them a few questions.

Did you take much persuading to sign up for the North Sea Sounds Mini Cruise? John Turrell: No, not at all. We had such a great time on our last voyage that we were hoping to be invited back, to be honest. The atmosphere was great and the staff looked after us like princes.

Craig Charles: Not at all, last year's boat party was great fun - last year was my first time - so we were keen to do it again.

What are you most looking forward to? JT: We always look forward to playing live, it's our bread and butter really and it's great to see familiar faces in the crowd. I think it's even more exciting at the moment because of the release of our fourth album, Crown Posada.

Are you travelling with lots of friends as well as fans? JT: A couple of the lads are taking family but to be honest most of our fans are our friends. At the end of the day we are all on the boat for a good time.

CC: Smoove and Turrell are good friends, so yes.

What can people expect from your set? JT: People who know us will definitely call us an 'up tempo band'. We just want to make people dance the night away. We mix our set up playing tunes from all our albums so there is always something there for our most loyal fans. I think the energy we give on stage is reflected on the dance floor.

CC: We play funk and we play soul. …

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