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Emma Barnett: Clubbing with my 3-year-old made me realise it's time for adults to get dancing

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24.09.2021

A week ago I finally went to Fabric, the legendary east London club I never made it to in my twenties – despite many of my friends spending nights there that they’ll never forget (nor fully remember).

It’s safe to say it wasn’t how I thought it was going to be. For once I am not talking about the impact of Covid; social distancing, maskne and tickly nose tests. More the fact that I was stone-cold sober upon entry, it was 2pm and I was holding the hand of our three-year-old as we descended into the darkness, cheeks full of UV hearts.

The family that rave together stay together, right? No, I haven’t heard that one either. But thanks to the events company Big Fish Little Fish, which styles itself as providing a party for the “post-rave generation of parents and kids”, I finally found myself back on a sticky dance-floor. And my god, I’ve missed it.

It took me a good little while to recalibrate and get used to the sensations that had become like second nature during my clubbing years: the darkness, the volume and the most important thing – letting go and dancing with the DJ. Putting your arms fully into the air, feeling the music reverberate through your body and throwing yourself into it – with even more gusto once the song you thought deserved to be on finally crashed through the speakers. Essentially surrendering.

Don’t get me wrong – keeping one eye on a toddler charging around with his best friend and a balloon sword doesn’t leave one totally carefree. But my husband and I were with our best friends and between us we kept watch.........

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