May the fourth be with you

May the Fourth be with you! – Review

Published On May 3, 2015 | By Ellie Talebian | Brighton Fringe 2015

Brighton Spiegeltent
4th May 2015

With the promise of ‘superstar DJs, supersize ghetto blaster, dance teachers, hula hooping, complimentary healthy snacks, face painting, fancy dress prizes and more’ it was not surprising that the ‘May the Fourth be with you’ Star Wars themed family friendly disco party at the Spiegeltent was sold out!

Having never been to the Spiegeltent before and never attended a baby disco with my two year old son, I didn’t know what to expect but one thing is for sure and that is that we were both excited! Arriving at the Spiegeltent we were greeted by a very nice security chap, I immediately warmed to the feel of the area; it felt like we were on site at a festival yet in the middle of Brighton.

When attending anywhere that welcomes children it is important to me that the staff do just that, I want smiles and lots of them and I was not disappointed. On entering the Spiegeltent we were greeted by two lovely ladies and then yet another delightful lady with a complimentary goody bag containing a sandwich, a small box of healthy cereal and a cheeky little lollipop – perfect, with this, all bases and ages covered by at least one of the provided snacks, a very nice touch indeed.

The atmosphere in the tent was very lively, at times bonkers, fun and most importantly it felt like a safe place to be with little ones. After seven frustrating attempts to create Princess Leia style buns I’m ashamed to say I gave up and didn’t attend in fancy dress, but what I lacked in effort many of the 350 attendees made up for. The large space was full of an eclectic mix of star wars characters, dad’s in dressing gowns emulating Obi Wan Kenobi, babies in hand painted star wars style r2d2 baby grows, little girls with tights in their hair dressed as Princess Leia and boys chasing each other around with light sabers – creative parents were out in full force and it paid off, it was as my friend pointed out “very Brighton”.

Having secured a space on the dance floor we took it in turns to go to the bar, it didn’t take long to get served and the service was once again spot on. We didn’t get the chance to check out the face painting as we didn’t stop dancing, chasing balloons and goofing around which can only be a good thing! Everyone we saw that did get the chance looked fabulous. The clearly experienced DJ hit all the right notes playing a wide selection of music appealing to both children and parents, the dancing performances and hula hooping were fun and engaging for the children to watch.

I honestly couldn’t see before me one parent that didn’t look relaxed and anything but utterly happy to be there, a surprise considering the levels of excitement, it was an absolute triumph. There was a genuinely positive and warm vibe in the tent, we were surrounded by families constantly smiling and drawing their Bank Holiday weekend to a close with what was for me, one of the best afternoons out I’ve had with my son.

Any parent that loves a boogie and values listening to music with their little one should attend a my mini disco event, it offers the perfect combination of a packed dance floor, like minded parents, a little bit of alcohol to, as my grandma would say ‘whet your whistle’ and a truly fun experience.

My only recommendation for this event would have been to add a little more structure to the parachute activity so that toddlers were able to be safely included.

Verdict of a two year old: “There was no cake”.


About The Writer

Brighton born and bred Ellie is passionate about all things creative and musical in the city! Mother of one and student at the University of Brighton, Ellie takes on an active role with children in the community co leading a local Woodcraft Folk Group and running a pre-school creative art club. She also writes as a freelance music journalist for BN1 Magazine and presents Noise Reel on LatestTV, providing a platform for up and coming local musicians.