Get ready to rave with Big Fish Little Fish
The inter-generational rave arrives in Scotland with events in Edinburgh and Glasgow
‘Responsible irresponsibility’ is how Big Fish Little Fish founder Hannah Saunders describes her family raves, aimed at children aged 0–8 and their carers. ‘It’s for old clubber parents with young kids which is a massively inclusive demographic, as the old raves always were,’ says Saunders. ‘There's a lovely vibe of people enjoying the music with their family, all relaxed and friendly. Babies can chill in the baby area, older ones like making things in the craft area and everyone loves the dance floor action with bubbles, glitter and our legendary parachute dance.’
Saunders started Big Fish Little Fish in London in 2013 as a fun activity for her own family, and it’s since spread across the UK. After March’s launch event in Edinburgh, April’s has already sold out, but there are further themed dates in May (the ‘Dream a Little Dream Pyjama Party’) and June (the ‘Glastonbury Rave’). It’s been so popular that Scottish managers Kirstie and Liam have already moved their bi-monthly schedule at La Belle Angele up to monthly, and arranged their first date in Glasgow (‘Intergalactic Planetary Rave’). There will also be Edinburgh Festival events in their temporary Studio 24 home.
It’s not just the sense of inter-generational fun which has built Big Fish Little Fish’s reputation, but the quality of the music: Tom Middleton, Alex Paterson of The Orb, DJ Food, Terry Farley, Coldcut, Plex, Portishead’s Andy Smith and Mixmaster Morris have all played.
‘Many of them enjoy playing it because they get to show off to their children what they do for a living,’ says Saunders. ‘It’s about sharing the love of dance music across generations, including house, rave, drum'n'bass, techno, hip hop, jungle, UK garage and disco, but nothing that's too charty or kiddified. Children love drum'n'bass and the tweak of a 303.’
La Belle Angele, Edinburgh, Sun 24 Apr, Sat 21 May & Sat 25 Jun; Drygate Brewery, Glasgow, Sun 29 May.