Big Fish, Little Fish and Out With the Family
When we were at Camp Bestival this summer, my favourite part was getting to dance with my girls to some of my favourite tunes from my pre-children years. Dancing with them is always guaranteed to bring smiles to our faces – whether it’s in the kitchen to the radio or at an organised event, letting our inhibitions go and having fun is liberating and life-affirming.
Out With the Family was set up by celebrity founders Charlie Condou and Sophie Ward when they realised that there was a gap in social events that catered for LGBT families and their friends. Each month, they host an event that provides a safe and inclusive space where children and their LGBT parents can come together and not be the odd ones out for once.
On Sunday 19 October, Big Fish, Little Fish will be taking over the space of Shapes at Hackney Wick in East London with music orchestrated by Readers Wifes (of Duckie fame – the post-queer performance and events collective) – so I’m expecting lots of disco, punk and electronica. An eclectic mix of tunes that refer back to the heady 80s and celebrates the diversity of their fans. From my experience of gay club nights, I’m more than a little intrigued about how this will translate to a family-friendly afternoon event. I doubt there will be the burlesque dancers, obscenity rich banter and dildo-wielding artistes I’ve come to expect as visuals to the music. But the atmosphere will be fun, the ethos will be fabulous.
Tickets are on sale now for this event (and future events that have sets from other well known DJs and in venues in Balham and Brixton if south is more your bag!), costing £8 for adults and £4.50 for walking children (plus booking fees). Younger children go in free but are well catered for. There’s also a family morning social cafe in Brixton called the Minnow Club if the bog standard church hall type baby and toddler groups bring you out in hives!
Out With the Family are also organising a panto trip in December.
Disclosure: I have not received payment for this post but have been offered tickets for the Hackney event, but would have written this anyway as I love the idea so much!