"I've managed things that I didn't even dare to dream of! We played Glastonbury festival, you know, I've been on stage at Glastonbury, something that I've been to for decades as a punter. The DJs that I've worked with are just jaw-dropping. These are people that I've hero-worshipped for years and I'm chatting to them!"
On today's show, I welcome Hannah Saunders founder of Big Fish Little Fish, an exciting music and dance party for the post-rave generation of parents and kids.
Around 6 years ago Hannah turned entrepreneur and launched Big Fish Little Fish, the idea behind it being family events with the same fun, quirky, and holiday vibe of summer festivals but for a few hours on a weekend afternoon.
Hannah had two young children in quick succession and fell out of love with her job as Deputy Director of Policing at the Home Office. So, in her early 40s, she set up Big Fish Little Fish, aimed at parents keen to recreate the fun they had before having a family but with their children now in tow.
The event showcased great music played by world-class DJs in proper nightclub venues but with lots to keep children interested and amused. So, a very interesting proposition for a startup business.
I'm a huge dance fan, particularly trance, I listen to Armin van Buuren 'state of trance' everything week without fail, at least 2 or 3 times. I also used to go to Ibiza every summer, been to closing weeks, opening weeks, had villas up in the hills, had cramped apartments down in Platja d'en Bossa for stag dos, literally anything and everything on that island, including an epiphany moment a few summers ago, when I took my kids, family holiday, bucket and spades, walking to the beach, something like 10am in the morning to be met by clubbers coming out of Space having just finished their clubbing at the same time. I was thinking "where did it all go wrong Alex?!"
I'm joking, but there's a time and a place for everything and a really interesting proposition that Hannah has put together, so I was interested in speaking to her about how she put a business together around this very idea!