Moovin’ n Groovin: Meet the UoB students who have set up their own techno event

Inside the fully student ran techno and house event that sold out in under a week.

Three students from UoB alongside their studies have organised Moovin’ n Groovin’, a techno and house event.

The Launch Party took place on Friday 8th October at Suki10c in Digbeth.

Lewis Carroll, Alex Wood and Matthew Brassey are all third year students who study Sports Science, Political Economy and Computer Science. They met through playing football at University and attended many house and techno events ran by large labels such as TRMNL and WYLD together.

Lewis, Alex and Matt

The trio told the Birmingham Tab that over lockdown they decided to start their own techno and house event due to their shared love of the music. Together they created Moovin’ n Groovin’, which they describe as a “fully student ran, newly formed Birmingham based event which includes Minimal Tech, Deep House, Tech House music and all things in-between.”

The background work started three months before the Launch Party, with the students organising everything themselves such as taking place such as designing the logo, advertising on Instagram, buying decorations, contacting the club and finding DJs and photographers. A lot of work went into planning the event, especially as they had “never organised an event before, so weren’t 100% sure what to expect.”

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The organisers “focused on some of Birmingham’s upcoming talent” when recruiting the DJs who had many significant accolades, including playing at the Ministry of Sound, being shortlisted for Elrow’s Up & Coming talent program and playing across the globe in places including Ibiza and Amsterdam.

The venue, Suki10c, is an iconic grassroots music venue that has been shortlisted as a finalist for ‘Best Small Music Venue’ at the Birmingham Music Awards in 2019 and 2020. It is an intimate venue which was at full capacity of 180 on Friday night, with tickets completely selling out.

The organisers told The Birmingham Tab that they were “unsure on what to expect, especially as it was our first event.” However, it became clear the event was a huge success as they felt that “everything went very smoothly,” adding that “it sounds like everyone had a proper good time and really enjoyed themselves.”

The Birmingham Tab spoke to a group of students who attended Moovin’ n Groovin’ after hearing about it through a mutual friend with Lewis, Alex and Matt. Avani, another third year student at UoB recounted “the hosts greeted us on the door which was such a nice touch, we were made to feel very welcome, the whole night was a great vibe with some dutty beats”.

Ellie added to this, saying “the intimate feeling of the venue was really nice and the music was really good. It’s nice to support local DJs, especially when organised by fellow students.”

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In the future, Moovin’ n Groovin’ aim to expand the event further, telling The Birmingham Tab that “we started small with the Suki10c venue, but sold out in around a week which was a surprise so we’re planning on doing future events that will be a lot bigger.”

Lewis, Alex and Matt said their goal is to “continuously get bigger and better and hopefully be one of the biggest house events in Birmingham one day”.

Students at the event

Attendees of the event are keen to support them, with student Deetha telling The Birmingham Tab, “I’ll definitely attend future events”, adding that Moovin’ n Groovin’ is “The next Tektu”.

Lewis, Alex and Matt have their next event booked in with tickets being released very soon on their Instagram, @moovinngroovinevents

Photos credits: The Lazer Show

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