How To Improve School Results


The Guardian newspaper published an article in October 2017, reporting on a primary school in Bradford that had experienced a surprising improvement in the results of their students SAT exams. 74% of its students achieved the required standard for reading, writing and maths. The national average is 53%. Not bad for a school that was in special measures in 2000. The reason for this drastic improvement? The school’s headteacher, Naveed Idrees, believes that this improvement is due to music, drama and art becoming an essential part of the school week, with students devoting up to six hours a week to music alone.

“Children learn rhythm, hand signs and movement, for example, in a way that will help their reading, writing and maths” says Naveed. As a bare minimum, each child gets a 30-minute music lesson, a half-hour follow-up lesson, plus a one-hour music assembly with a guest musician and group singing. The school’s attendance has risen to 98%.

Now there’s a few reasons to make music an integral part of your child’s life.



Go!Go!Go! Shake It With Shaun the Sheep at Ministry of Sound


Go!Go!Go Electro took to the stage with Aardman Animations’ superstar, Shaun the Sheep at Rave-A-Roo on 7th October & 11th November 2017. As resident artists for Rave-A-Roo, Go!Go!Go! are regulars at London’s infamous super club, Ministry of Sound, which hosts the biggest and best family friendly rave. Kids’ favourite, Shaun the Sheep, appeared as guest DJ spinning his favourite tunes and raising the roof, as Go!Go!Go!’s Jade and Carl taught the mini-ravers Shaun’s best dance moves.


‘Shake It With Shaun’ has become an internet sensation as the beloved flock leader, with the help of some friends, teaches kids these simple and fun dance moves. The video has had over 500,000 views on YouTube with a number of famous faces joining the craze, such as CBBC stars from The Next Steps, 4 O’Clock Club, Blue Peter, Hetty Feather and Raven!

The junior ravers at Rave-A-Roo went wild to see the dance moves brought to life by Jade and Carl, who played flat-capped farmers for the show. Audience participation brought the show to a climax with the whole crowd performing the routine and ‘Shaking It With Shaun’.

Click on the video above to see how it all started.


Singing & Dancing Promotes Child Development


We already knew that raving is fun but now we’ve discovered there’s far more to it than just making us happy.  

Psychology professor, Patricia Riddell, of the University of Reading reports that “singing and dancing with children has been shown to increase brain connectivity and benefits child-parent interactions.” Singing is excellent for communication, language and literacy as well as giving children an early understanding of the world – and dancing is recognised as helping children in their social and emotional development as they interact with other children – as well as their physical fitness, creativity and coordination.


But it is not only the child’s brain that benefits from these activities. “Parents who sing and dance with their children are creating a fun and relaxed space to interact. This improves communication and can help to relieve stress. We know that neurones that fire together, wire together – the brain is looking for patterns. The rhythm of music and dance help to create these patterns, allowing the brain to connect across different senses – vision, hearing and movement”.  

So heading to Rave-A-Roo could not only give adults an opportunity to let their hair down, it can actually aid your child’s development as they enjoy this mash-up of family, festival fun.


Introducing the Courtyard Stage in Partnership with VTech

Exclusive to Rave-A-Roo on Saturday 7th October, this brand new venue is brought to you by VTech, as they launch their amazing KidiCom Max. Kids will get the chance to interact with this super cool device by sending live messages and tune requests to our infamous MC Porridge and resident DJ.


VTech’s KidiCom™ Max is more than just a messaging device! Using a wireless connection with KidiCom™ MAX, your child can exchange messages with family and friends, take photos and videos, play a variety of games with popular characters, safely browse the internet, listen to music and watch their favourite cartoon shows!


Event Director Jenny Kane said, “We’re delighted to partner with VTech and host the launch of their fantastic new product, KidCom Max. Considering the focus on music as well as the whole family interacting and sharing together, it couldn’t be a more perfect fit for our brand. We’re really excited about bringing the KidiCom Max to life at Rave-A-Roo by our audience engaging with our performers in our brand new Courtyard venue.”

Joseph Elliott of CBeebies' Swashbuckle, to headline on Sat 20th May


Ahoy there mateys!

We are so pleased to announce that Joseph Elliott, as seen on CBeebies’ Swashbuckle, will be headlining Rave-A-Roo on SATURDAY 20TH MAY. Joseph is best known for playing naughty pirate, Cook, in the BAFTA Award winning show Swashbuckle. More used to hunting for jewels on the shipwreck of the Scarlet Squid, our wonderful Joseph will be raising the roof for mini-ravers with madcap games and upbeat antics in the main room.

Welcome aboard, Joseph! We can’t wait to have you as our host!




We’ve got some exciting news!  The amazing PAW Patrol will be at Rave-A-Roo on SATURDAY 6TH MAY at Ministry of Sound!  As featured on Nick.Jr, this perky pack of rescue dogs are led by a boy named Ryder.  These super pups work together to protect their beautiful home, Adventure Bay.

Fresh from a successful stage show last year, PAW Patrol Live: Race to the Rescue toured Canada, the United States, Mexico, Australia and the Philippines. Chase and Marshall will be busting their moves around Rave-A-Roo and appearing at intervals throughout the day. This pawsome twosome will be sure to get grins on faces and energy levels soaring.




We’re so excited and delighted that megastars DJ DICK AND DOM will be headlining our 1st Birthday Bash on Saturday 18th February!  Only at Rave-A-Roo will you find this multi-talented duo spinning the decks and entertaining the dance floor with their madcap comedy at this very special event.

With over 20 years in the entertainment industry, including the double BAFTA award winning ‘Dick and Dom in Da Bungalow,’ Dick and Dom are household names that kids and their adults adore.  From their 80 date, sell-out Butlins tours to their critically acclaimed performances in Monty Python’s ‘Spamalot’ and hilarious live shows at Camp Bestival and Jamie Oliver’s Festival they bring their unique brand of cheeky humour to everything they do.

 Happy Birthday to us!