Lancaster’s first ‘family rave’ will be out of this world

Rachel and Adrian from Big Fish Little Fish
Rachel and Adrian from Big Fish Little Fish

A new concept in nightclubbing comes to Lancaster next month - with the city’s first ever ‘family rave’ promising an intergalactic experience for all ages.

Big Fish Little Fish (BFLF) started in London in 2013, and has proved extremely popular with parents wanting to re-live their clubbing days alongside their children, resulting in events popping up across England, Scotland and Wales.

Lancaster mum Rachel Wilkinson, North West event organiser for BFLF, said she could not wait to bring the experience to the university’s Nuffield Theatre next month.

She said: “I grew up in Lancaster and lived here until I was 18. I then went to Manchester University, and after that settled in London and worked in recruitment.

“I had such a lovely upbringing in Lancaster and wanted my kids to have that too, so I moved back with my partner Adrian about two years ago. When I heard about the events in London I thought how fantastic it would be to bring something up here so I contacted Hannah Saunders, who first came up with the idea, to make some enquiries, and I ended up going on to organise events in Manchester and Liverpool!”

The family raves include a multi-sensory dance floor with top DJs playing club classics. Club visuals, bubble machines, glitter cannons and a giant parachute dance help to create the atmosphere of a real rave. There is even a play and chill out area for babies, and a licensed bar, and the Lancaster event will be space themed, with fancy dress encouraged.

A Big Fish Little Fish event in Exeter

A Big Fish Little Fish event in Exeter

Rachel, who has two children, aged three and one, added: “I absolutely love it.

“My music background is a bit wider than dance music, and I was in Manchester during the Madchester era, so a lot of indie, but as I got older I started to go to nightclubs and festivals.

“They are proper dance music sets and the DJs don’t hold back.”

James Sammon AKA Pianoman, one of the originators of the nineties ‘piano house’ sound will perform for the Lancaster launch, which takes place between 2pm and 4.30pm on Sunday, September 25. It has been organised alongside Lancaster Arts, based at the university.

Rachel hopes to put on more BFLF events in the future in Lancaster and elsewhere in the area.

Voted ‘Best Family Event’ for the last two years at the National Family Arts Festival Awards, Big Fish Little Fish has been playing to packed crowds in London since 2013. It was named in the top 10 of Time Out London’s ‘101 Best Things to do with Kids in London’.

The North West team launched in Manchester in November 2015 and events are due to take place in Edinburgh, Leeds, Liverpool, Manchester and Birmingham with world renowned DJs performing at the shows.

For more information and tickets visit the website HERE