SOLD OUT – MANCHESTER – Big Fish Little Fish x Camp Bestival Family Rave with Mark XTC – Sunday 8th May

NEWS – As part of the Camp Bestival warm up tour the event will feature the Camp Bestival Craft area with things to make and do. PLUS a chance for one lucky attending family to WIN A TICKET TO CAMP BESTIVAL. The randomly chosen family will be announced/contacted during the event.

World-famous, award-winning, Glastonbury Festival performing, family rave sensation BFLF are at Cargo Manchester for a family rave up. Family fun for the post-rave generation of parents. Helping parents be responsibly irresponsible since 2013. The original family rave!

Manchester legend Mark XTC will be on the decks. Mark will be playing a history set, taking us on an old skool, jungle, and drum ‘n’ bass journey from ’91 to the present day! He’ll be banging out the tunes for family raving together on a dancefloor with confetti cannons, bubbles, giant balloons, and our fab parachute dance finale.

There will be…


Craft tables with themed crafts and playdough tables

Large colouring-in mural

Play area with tents and tunnels

Small baby chillout space with mats, toys, and small ball pool for non-walkers

Free transfer tattoos

Licensed bar, facepainter stall and snacks available (additional cost).

Optional fancy dress – Like Camp Bestival Shropshire, we’re making this party a ‘Fancy Dress Free-for-all!’ Wear your absolute fave dress up clothes – the theme is up to you!

Please note – The club space at Cargo Manchester is up several flights of stairs, but once you’re up it’s all on one level and awesome. Cargo Manchester is a fab venue with 2 club spaces and a separate baby area for our event.

FAQs and Info

Covid cancellation protection

If we need to cancel the event due to covid you will be offered a full refund or ticket transfer.

We will follow recommended covid advice at the time. If levels are significant BFLF staff will do lateral flow tests before the event, and we will request that all adult attendees do same. If your test is positive or you have symptoms (and you notify us within 48 hours of the event) will we transfer your tickets to a future event, so you don’t miss out!

Stairs to the club and accessibility 

The club spaces at Cargo Manchester are up several flights of stairs, but once up there it’s all on one level. There is a small lift, which can be used for anyone who needs mobility assistance. The lift is small, so please expect to use the stairs unless you specifically need the lift. Please contact Rachel at, if you have any mobility requirements or additional needs and she’ll be happy to help.

Buggies and prams

Buggies must be left in buggy park outside the event space and will not be allowed on the dance floor. There is limited storage space available, so please leave buggies at home, if possible. All valuables are the parents’ responsibility. Slings encouraged for little babies to enable dancing!

Bye bye glowsticks

BFLF made the decision to stop giving out glowsticks due to environmental issues with single use plastics. We try to be as environmentally friendly as we can at our events using biodegradable balloons where possible, recycling our mural pens and being mindful of the materials we use on our craft tables. People are still welcome to bring them. We’ve had loads of positive support for this, so we hope you embrace it too!

Are there ID or minimum age requirements to enter the event?

All ages very welcome, but activities are designed with 0-8 years olds in mind. Music is played at safe levels for everyone.

What are my transport/parking options for getting to and from the event?

The nearest train station is Manchester Victoria and Metrolink stations Shudehill Interchange and Exchange Square are both metres away. There are several carparks nearby.

What’s the refund policy?

There is a no refund policy, but if you are unable to attend you may sell your tickets to someone else. If well in advance of a sold-out event, please email and we will try and sell them to someone on the waiting list. If within 24 hours of the event, then please post them to sell on the Facebook event page. Please inform us if you post on Facebook, as we validate these posts.

Tickets and larger groups

For families with younger children (8s and under) though all ages are welcome, if there are both adults and children in your party. Adult only groups are not admitted. A max of 3 children per adult in a family.

Each member of your group must have a ticket and pre-walking infants free (but ticketed). Will cost more on the door (if tickets available).

If attending as a large birthday party, please ensure one adult to two children minimum. We will refuse entry to groups where there is inadequate supervision. If there are more than 4 adults per child in your group, please email for pre-approval before buying tickets.


Adults remain responsible for their children at all times.

The event will be busy. The dancefloor is for adults and children to dance together. For indoor events low lighting/club lighting rigs (no strobes) are used.

Please be aware that events are standing/dancing with limited seating.

Each event is stewarded and risk assessed in advance.

A licensed bar will be open during the event, but no glass is permitted.

Sound levels

Music level is set and monitored throughout to abide by WHO guidelines. This is far lower than usual club levels but given the number of children attending there is a constant level of background noise during the event. Most parents do not use ear defenders on their children, but if yours are particularly sensitive to noise or if you want them to nap then you might want to consider it.

Toilets and nappy changing facilities

The men’s toilets and accessible toilet are on club level. The ladies’ toilets are one floor below. Changing tables and/or mats will be available. There will be no high-chairs available.


We may photograph or film small parts of the event and by entering you are giving your permission for these to be used for BFLF promotion purposes.

How can I contact the organiser with any questions?

Contact Rachel at

Just a reminder…

Please be aware that BFLF is designed to provide a family-friendly, authentic club experience and is not a traditional children’s party or disco. There will be no kids’ music, games or DJ shout outs. The effect is to give families unity on the dancefloor – dancing together. DJs will be announced in advance of each party via Twitter and Facebook but may be subject to unavoidable change.