A couple of months ago, an email landed in my inbox and it was for something quite different. It was an invitation to a family rave with Big Fish Little Fish. At first I wasn’t so sure but after speaking to my music loving hubby, he was well up for it and so we agreed to go and on Sunday, we went along to the Big Fish Little Fish family rave in Digbeth, Birmingham.
Having never been a raver, I wasn’t so sure what to expect. Both hubby and I love dance music and regularly have it on in the house and in our cars so naturally Olly loves to listen to it and have a dance whenever it’s on. We invited some of our friends along with their two year old, Max for an afternoon of dancing and fun.
The Big Fish Little Fish family raves bring together a family friendly environment, live music, neon light and family entertainment. As soon as we walked in and saw the venue, we were impressed. It felt like a mini festival with lots of activities on for the children, free glowsticks and lots of bubbles, glitter cannons and a neon hoopler performing on stage. There were a couple of bars, a homemade sweet and savoury snack bar and nappy changing facilities in both the male and female toilets.
The venue soon filled up and it was great to see a range of families there with newborns in slings, toddlers in tow and older children getting their groove on. The rave in Birmingham had a Mermaids and Pirates fancy dress theme which unfortunately, we couldn’t get Olly into but it was fantastic to see so many people get dressed up for the occasion.
The rave had legendary DJ’s Altern-8 (Mark Archer DJ Set) and Glenn Aston (Global Gathering/Flashback) playing live on stage and they were fantastic. They played fantastic house music and really got the crowd dancing.
Whilst we spent some time on the dance floor, we also spent some time out upstairs where there were play tents and tunnels which Olly and our little friend Max loved. Unfortunately, some of the bigger children ruined the fun for the little ones picking up the tunnels and stopping their play which was disappointing but you can’t account for other peoples kids!
We had a fabulous couple of hours at the event and really enjoyed the atmosphere. It was really relaxed and friendly and the music was brilliant and not overly loud. It’s also good to know that adults aren’t allowed into the venues without being accompanied by children.
The ticket prices are reasonably priced (Admission: £8.50 for adults, £5.50 for children, under 1’s free) and we would definitely consider going back again.
With thanks to Anna and the Big Fish Little Fish team for inviting us to the event, we can highly recommend going if there’s an event on near you!