The Playhouse Project is a family rave experience, organised by a crew of ex-ravers and DJs who are now parents.
Events provide a daytime clubbing experience in a safe and fun nightclub environment and are aimed at parents that miss their dancing days – proving it doesn’t have to all be soft play and Thomas Land.
They have been organising family rave events since 2016. Our first event
took place in Solomons Bar, Manchester and, after great feedback, decided to make it a regular event.
Since then they have grown significantly, now attracting crowds of 400 people, collaborating with Victoria Baths, The Refuge, Bluedot Festival, Camp and Furnace, Parentfolk, Bankswood Festival, HAtch and BEYOND MCR.
Theyaim to keep the crew dancing by providing free glow sticks, top DJs, club lighting, visuals, LED hoops, their Robot performer ELECTRON, bubble and foam machines, inflatables and giant balloons.
When the fun gets too much there are chill out activities such as craft tables, play-doh
areas, soft play chill out area, book corner, glitter and face painting. And there are always lovely cake stalls and a fully licensed bar.
Their current resident DJ Lil’ Fee has enjoyed an international music career – as drummer in slick electro-pop outfit The Whip, Lil’ Fee is the perfect selector for family rave, bringing her unique blend of soulful house to our decks.
They will be taking over The Deaf Institute with legend Dave Beer heading the decks (DJ, producer and promoter of the legendary BackToBasics – the world’s longest running house night), bringing high quality underground house music to the rave. If you have ever attended BackToBasics you will of course know, Dave never fails to rock the party and was nicknamed “King of Clubs” by Mixmag.
Dave is a resident DJ at the some of the biggest UK festivals, including Glastonbury, Bestival, No.6 and Gottwood. As well as being a resident at his own club Church Leeds, over the years Dave has also held a residency at We Love Space, Pacha and Home in London.
Leeds Council made Dave an honorary son of Leeds and paid tribute to his contributions to the city, both culturally and economically, with the Symphonic Sounds of Back To Basics party in Leeds’ Millennium Square, in association with Opera North. Dave appeared on stage with a symphonic orchestra whilst he DJ’ed and introduced superstar guest appearance including the likes of Basement Jaxx, Groove Armada, Adamski, Corinne Bailey Rae, Robert Owens and Saffron from Rebublica.
Venue – The Deaf Institute, 135 Grosvenor Street, Manchester, M1 7HE
Event times – 2pm till 4.30pm
Tickets available via FB, Playhouse website and the Deaf Institute website
Family tickets – £28, Adults (12+) £8, Children (under 12) £6.50, Babies (under 18m) Free