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Super Furry Animal man hails success of first Buckley family rave

Published date: 14 July 2017 |
Published by: Jamie Bowman 
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The world famous ‘Animal Fantastical’ rave with Huw ‘Bunf’ Bunford of Super Furry Animals was a huge success, say organisers.

The award-winning Big Fish Little Fish family rave launched in Buckley, after taking Cardiff by storm for the past year.

The rave was held at The Tivoli with an ‘animal’ theme and Huw ‘Bunf’ Bunford of Super Furry Animals on the decks.

Huw swapped his guitar for DJing duty for the event which pulled in 450 people keen to try family fun for the post-rave generation of parents.

Huw said: “I wasn’t too sure what to expect but amazed at the turnout for the first event – 450 people turned up and it was great and manageable. They just danced away and it was a thumbs-up all around.

“Brilliant, because the first time of anything, getting the news out isn’t as simple but it was an amazing first turnout. The word of mouth worked magic.

He added: “What I love about Big Fish Little Fish is that it brings something completely new to an unrestricted audience. It brings a family together and every member of the family can get soemthing out of it. It caters to three generations. We believe you are never too young or old for a rave.”

The franchise, which started in London six years ago has had events in Wales for the past year thanks to Bunf and his wife Tabitha – but this was their first rave outside of Cardiff.

The event is geared around the whole family enjoying the experience, with nostalgic parents able to enjoy the track list with a drink, and dance with their kids – or take part in many of the other child-friendly activities, the multi-sensory dancefloor with glitter cannons, bubbles, giant bouncy balloons and the legendary parachute dance.

There were craft tables with themed crafts, face painters, a giant colouring mural, toddler play areas with tents and tunnels, a soft play area, ball pool, a cake stall plus a licensed bar and free glowsticks and transfer tattoos, keeping the families entertained all afternoon.

Tivoli manager Rokib Miah said: “I didn’t know what to expect because we usually just cater to adults so this was something different. I am sure it was different for the adults to walk out after a rave to find daylight.

“But everyone thoroughly enjoyed it. There was lots of stuff to do for kids. There was a play area, a crafts area, a soft play area, face painters, cake stalls – definitely enough to keep them entertained for the two hours.”

Big Fish Little Fish returns to The Tivoli, Buckley on Sunday, October 15.

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