Five reasons why we loved Q Festival’s baby rave

Families who are looking for a festival where the kids don’t have to wear wellies or noise-cancelling headphones might find what they are looking for at this year’s Q Festival on Gateshead’s Quayside.

Little C gets to grips with the Q Festival programme.

On Saturday morning, my one-year-old son, little C, H and I took the bus to Newcastle at 9am – bound for a coffee-fuelled baby rave – yes … you heard that right!

The event was hosted by North East family-focused organisation, Chalk as part of this year’s Q Festival in the Spiegeltent on Baltic Quay. Here are five reasons why we loved it and would recommend it.

Reason 1 …

With a live DJ, 80s’ sensory projections, power-grabbing and hula-hooping, watching a tent full of knee-high clubbers bouncing around was certainly more fun than having to do the ‘hokey cokey’ and listen to a load of nauseating nursery rhymes.

Reason 2 …

I did start to wonder if someone had spiked the orange cordial as H started busting moves on the dancefloor bathed in bubbles. Little C meanwhile quickly got to grips with glow sticks, face-paint and a feather boa. Thankfully it wasn’t the other way around.

Reason 3 …

The event certainly made us feel young again as most revellers were under the age of five. It was a chance to bounce around to eighties hits from The Cure, Bowie, The Smiths and New Order and relive the glory days without having to fork out a fortune on a childminder.

Reason 4 …

The queue for the dressing up box was longer than the one for a four-shot latte. Parents got to suit up with shoulder pads at the Power Suit Bar and dress to impress themselves.

Reason 5 …

It was an event without stress. The only tears came when we had to leave. Now that I can cope with. Roll on next year, we’ll be there!

About:

Chalk events are targeted at families. All welcome as long as there are both adults and children in your party.  The Breakfast Club Coffee Rave was staged as part of Q Festival; an exciting new collaboration between Gateshead Council and Jesterval Comedy Festival. The cost was adults, £7, and children £7 too. The Facebook page is @QFestivalGateshead

For video footage and more pictures of the event, head over to @ofsaffronandcyrus on Instagram.


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