Raving the Next Generation

The Playhouse Project is a family rave company based in Manchester. Organised by a crew of ex-ravers and DJ's that are now parents. We provide a daytime clubbing experience, aimed at parents that miss their clubbing days. 

About Us

Founder Carlie Ashcroft, set up the The Playhouse Project to meet the needs of a growing group of parents whose night time clubbing days may be behind them but aren’t ready to hang up their dancing shoes just yet. The aim was to give mums and dads the chance to go clubbing with their kids in a safe and fun environment.

We have been organising family rave events since 2016. Our first event took place in Solomons bar, Withington,  since then we have grown significantly holding indoor and outdoor events at a wide range of venues such as Victoria baths, The Refuge and Camp and Furnace.  We have been involved in collaborations with large family events - ParentFolk, BEYOND MCR and The Refuge Weekender events. We are currently planning for festival season 2019.

If you are a venue or promoter and would like to host a family rave contact - theplayhouseprojectfamilyrave@gmail.com

What to expect at our events

  • Top DJ's 
  • Club lighting, visuals and LED hoops 
  • Bubble machines, foam machines and parachute dance
  • Book corner, soft play and chill out area 
  • Free glow-sticks and temporary tattoos 
  • Face-painting and glitters stalls  
  • Licensed bar
  • Cake stall
  • Craft tables for little hands and play-doh corner
  • Baby change 
  • Buggy park

Music Policy

We only choose well known selectors - expect House, Drum & Bass, Hip-Hop, Funk, Latin & Techno. The following DJ's have played at our events:
  • DJ Dave Beer (Back to Basics) 
  • DJ Peter Parker (Fingathing, Ninja tune, Grand Central Records) 
  • DJ Agent J (Groovement)
  • DJ Veba (Grand Central Records)
  • Jason Boardman (Aficionado Records)
  • DJ Billabong
  • DJ Pin
  • DJ Kieran Lee 
Our resident DJ Lil Fee has enjoyed an international music career, as drummer in slick electro-pop outfit The Whip. Lil Fee is the perfect selector for family rave, bringing her unique blend of soulful house and working that dancefloor.

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***** "Absolutely brilliant event at the Masonic Hall for Halloween - everything had been thought of including a chill out area, story room and cake making. Loved the dancer in the main room too! Can't wait for the next one." Siobhan Parker, November 3rd 2016

***** "We had a fantastic time at the free family rave that the Playhouse Project put on at the Bankswood festival last weekend. The setup looked great, the DJs were especially good - the music was brilliant, no cheesy pop tunes just quality dance from years gone by. Kids had a great time, dancing away and so did the adults!" Emma Jarvis, September 2nd 2016