Future Yard to host all-day family music festival

Mosh Tots Festival is a fun-filled family celebration that’s set to take over the entirety of Future Yard’s indoor and outdoor spaces this summer.

With a cutting-edge programme designed for young children and discerning grown-ups alike, you can expect a range of educational workshops and energetic performances, with face painting, crafts, disco dancing and more.

The Mosh Tots series of gigs for kids (and well-behaved parents!) has been hugely popular since launching in 2022, providing a safe and fun environment for all to experience gigs.

For too long live music venues have been off-limits for young children, but Mosh Tots has flipped that on its head and provides an opportunity for families to share the joy of live music together.

The weekly Mosh Tots – Gigs For Kids shows are a great introduction to the world of live music for little music lovers aged 3-8. Each week The Mosh Tots Band host the shows, focusing on different themes and musical ideas to make the shows informative as well as entertaining.

The festival is a multifaceted version of these weekly shows, with special guest performers and plenty of opportunities for the children to get hands-on with instruments.

After the roaring success of the inaugural Mosh Tots Festival in 2022, we’re returning in 2023 with an even bigger and better selection of awesome workshops and performances, with face painting, crafts, disco dancing and more.

Future Yard co-founder Craig Pennington said, “Music is hugely important to our family. Our kids love the energy, the party, the excitement of rocking out to a live band. During the summer we head to our favourite festivals which make up some of our most treasured family memories.

“But away from those, we don’t get the opportunity to experience live music as a family. Mosh Tots is here to change that… and create a glorious racket in the process!”

The Mosh Tots Festival live music bill is designed with children and music-loving parents in mind; led by the Mosh Tots Band, it’s entertaining, energetic and bombastic for kids, but also for grown-ups.

Bristol-based Japanese musician ICHI brings a host of self-made instruments for a fun-filled party, having played at Glastonbury, Green Man, Boomtown, and End of the Road. In 2019 ICHI’s ‘Tobogan Gakki’ art installation went viral online and received over 1.5 million views, so it’s no surprise he is championed by the likes of David Byrne and BBC 6’s Steve Lamacq, Gideon Coe, Tom Ravenscroft, and Lauren Laverne.

Alongside the music, families will have the chance to get involved with a range of activities that are educational and entertaining.

Rhythm Reaction are to host a drum workshop, Toucan Tango return to let you design your own gig poster, whilst the studios at Future Yard will be transformed into the New Noise Jam Lab where you can try out a selection of different instruments.

A morning yoga session will also be hosted by Serenity, giving kids the chance to learn in a fun and imaginative way.

Jane Salisbury at Serenity says, “Through games, song and storytelling, children’s yoga can help develop body awareness, breath control and improve flexibility, strength and coordination – whilst still being engaging and full of fun! Expect the unexpected.”

Mosh Tots Festival Features… Live Music from: ICHI The Fun Time Boys Danelia The Mosh Tots Band + Zee’s Tot Donk Disco Plus: Puppet Theatre Jam Lab Instrument Lessons Gig Poster Screen Printing w/ Toucan Tango Interactive Workshops Serenity Kids Yoga Musical Storytime

Face Painting + Tattoos Moshtails + Ice Cream Bar Doors open at 11am.

Images: Robin Clewley

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