Heading to Gorilla on the 22nd October, Raver Tots is a brand new series of raves, but not just your run-of-the-mill nights of mental-ness, they are in fact aimed to cater for the whole family!
The events will see people, young and old, take in a nostalgia trip of great tunes, iconic 90s dance venues and ball pools. Spanning old skool rave, happy hardcore, drum & bass, house and UKG, Raver Tots is the only event of its kind to bring the harder classic dance sounds to kids and parents alike.
Resident artists on rotation include Nicky Blackmarket playing jungle/drum and bass, chart-topping UK garage legends Pied Piper, MC DT and DJ Luck & MC Neat and old skool rave pioneers Slipmatt, Vibes and Druid.
Raver Tots is set to give families up and down the country the opportunity to share in fun-filled adventures. While ravers will rightly be drawn to the headliners, there will be a huge variety of activities for the tots to let off steam, from parachutes and glow sticks to bubbles, ball pits and balloons.
Founder Mike Pickets is also hoping to provide a way for kids with ADHD, which he himself lives with, to work off some energy in a fun-filled and safe environment: to take the ‘peace, love, unity, and respect’ ethos of the rave scene and translate it into positive attitudes towards mental health.
A substantial donation will be made to ADDISS, a leading charity for people with ADHD, while £1 of every ticket will also go to the National Autistic Society.
Speaking of the events, Pickets said: “Since my early childhood I’ve been passionate about rave music, and setting up Raver Tots has given us the opportunity to use the rave scene as a platform to create awareness and raise money for Autism and ADHD. I suffered with ADHD as a child, and found there was very little help or understanding for what I was going through. We launched Raver Tots to try and combine great music and a sense of fun with an atmosphere of inclusivity, and we were so blown away by the response to our warm-up event that we’ve decided to grow Raver Tots nationally.”
Raver Tots with Nicky Blackmarket @ Gorilla
Sunday 22nd October
Gorilla, 54-56 Whitworth St W, Manchester M1 5WW
0161 826 2998