LoveEast meets Sarada and Adam from Wake Up Gigs

How did the gigs start?
We became parents in July 2015 and naturally wanted to look for new and interesting things to do at the weekends with our son, Edwin. We found ourselves going to the same baby-focused, rhyme-time story sessions and sensory play events over and over again. We had always been keen music fans but felt we were missing out on our live music fix. As new parents we found plenty of barriers preventing us from going to gigs – late evenings, finding (and paying for) a babysitter, sometimes having to leave before the end. We decided to try to solve two problems in one go by starting Wake Up Gigs, which holds live music concerts for families.

 

Parents and babies at Wake Up Gigs

 

Who is Wake Up Gigs aimed at?
The shows run on Sundays from 1pm to 5pm. We have put on four shows so far and given a platform to new and exciting artists who perform to people who normally wouldn’t be able to see them at a typical evening concert. Our “all-ages” mantra has worked, with attendees ranging from six weeks to 66 years old, so far.

 

 

 

What can people expect?
We use our own experience as parents to think of all the things that can make an afternoon out with a baby or toddler easier. Our venues are easily accessible, with buggy parking, a bar and food available to order. We are particularly proud of our fully-stocked baby changing facilities with nappies, wipes and cream. The shows themselves usually feature two or three live performances and each set is around 35 minutes long. Parents can expect a welcoming, relaxed atmosphere where they can get a little bit of their old life back.

Baby dancing at Wake Up Gigs

What about the music?
We showcase the best new and upcoming artists in indie music and beyond.

When is the next event?
The next show is on Sunday, 1 October at Concrete Space, Shoreditch. It’s headlined by the aptly named Childcare. For more information, visit

wakeupgigs.com