Funk The Family Festival – “There’s Nothing Like This”
Probably if you’re like me, your Facebook feed gets swamped with people pointlessly tagging you to rubbish events and gigs in the other part of the country that essentially you have no chance or intent of ever attending.
Then every now and then something will pop up and you think YES OH YES that really is a bit of me. That’s what happened to me a couple of weeks ago when a friend posted a link to a festival called “Funk the Family”.
It ticks so many boxes and then some. Not only do they have some great acts lined up but it caters for people like me that spent their wild BC (before child) days, dancing their asses off in fields up and down the country.
It’s just now we want those fields not to be muddy, relatively local so we can get back home at a sensible hour, not have to put up with loo’s that have a public health warning, be pushchair friendly and have enough child entertainment to keep an active 3-year-old boy engrossed. Just as important, not have to put up with hordes of idiots chewing their jaws off around us (the only people I want to see dribbling are the ones still teething) while we dad dance to a stellar line-up of old school tunes like this.
I digress. Later that day I emailed the team behind the event to find out some more details and was immediately struck by just how friendly and helpful they were. After a couple of emails, I arranged to meet up with Lucy “Elle J” Small, the force of nature behind FTF to find out more. We grabbed a cuppa while she took the time to walk me round the site, explaining about the background of the event and the mountain of red tape they have had to cut through in order to make the day happen.
It was if I am honest, a little bit scary. When we met, it soon became apparent that Lucy (as she later mentioned) was almost a female version of me – (not in a physical sense of course) but with a genuine passion for good music, as her radio show and music journalist CV will verify, but with a dodgy sense of humour and being knackered from having a young family yet just slightly nuts enough to make something really quite spectacular happen.
What Lucy and the FTF team have done is identified a huge gap in the market. Just because we are parents it doesn’t mean we should hang up our raving shoes. (Just our dungarees and smiley face head scarves, no one wants to see a fat 40-something bloke in those) we just need it to coincide nicely with the needs of having a family. That is exactly what this caters for.
Tickets are already selling like the proverbial; so I strongly recommend you get yours quickly here. Just think amazing music, masses of cool people, circus acts, live graffiti, great food, storytelling and yoga sessions, even a silent disco so your kids can listen to “ Let it Go” or the “Postman Pat theme tune” while you boogie down in the sunshine to tracks like this.
Really what more can you want for a day out?. The kids have a chance to be kids and you get the chance to embarrass them in the company of like-minded folk whilst you remember who you are before the world of school runs put pay to doing the “Running Man”.
After a successful test event in Hove Lagoon last year, the team be have upgraded to expect 3-5,000 people in a central Hove park on the last Bank Holiday Monday in May. At just £49.50 for a family of four ticket for 9 hours of unadulterated pleasure it is well worth it.
To paraphrase Soul legend and headline act “Omar’s” most famous tune – “There’s’ nothing like kids”…. I’m still not sure how this actually fits in but I think it’s too much of a good pun not to..
See you there!!!