Spotlight: Boogie Monsters
— 19 Nov 2017, 15:55
The award-winning Boogie Monsters is coming to Boxpark Croydon for a Christmas spectacular like no other. The event is a complete sell-out so we caught up with, founder, Kelly Smith to get the lowdown on the festive family fun that you lucky ticket-holders can expect, next month.
Tell us who you are and what you do.
We are Boogie Monsters, the UK's award winning rock and pop band for kids! We have created our very own brand of fun and interactive family-friendly gigs that strive to provide the excitement of a high quality live music experience for children and their families. We are passionate about bringing families together and enabling them to bond through sharing a social and musical experience that appeals on all levels.
How did the idea for Boogie Monsters come about?
I founded Boogie Monsters in 2014. As a Surrey-based professional musician and mum of two, I found there wasn't really anywhere suitable to take my young children to see a live band play, I decided to gather together some like-minded, professional musician friends (Nicki - singer, my brother Ben - guitar, Martin - bass, and Steve - drums) and put on an event in my home town of Reigate. The concert sold out, people loved it and Boogie Monsters was born!
The band was set-up with the idea that the kids would get the opportunity to begin a life-long love of live rock and pop music, with the chance to see real musicians playing real instruments, and to get involved with the singing, actions and dancing! It was also important to me that the experience should be as enjoyable for the grown-ups; there's no cheesy kid's music here! You'll find plenty of tunes at our family gigs that you will know and love, and almost certainly have danced to in the past.
What can families expect from the Boogie Monsters event at Boxpark Croydon?
Our event at Boxpark Croydon is one of our acoustic events, with a singer, guitars, keyboard and cajón with acoustic percussion. We'll be performing Christmas hits and children's songs that will get everyone up on the dance floor and dancing together as a family! Expect bubble blasts, disco lights, crazy snow confetti, colourful props and inflatables; plus, Father Christmas himself will be popping by, with a goody bag for every child!
What is your favourite thing about Christmas?
It's so hard to choose my favourite thing about Christmas! Of course, I LOVE the music and I love that the same tunes come round every year, because they take you back to your own childhood, when Christmas really was a magical time! But I also love spending time with my family. I love Christmas lunch, Christmas movies, opening stockings, the magic of Christmas Eve and just the whole build up to the day, with all the amazing local events and parties leading up to it. Christmas really brings everyone together!
What is your favourite Christmas song?
My favourite carol is 'O Holy Night', it makes me cry every time, but my favourite Christmas hit, and the finale song of our event, is 'Merry Christmas Everybody' by Slade - it's just such a great song to sing along to and it makes everyone happy!
The Boogie Monsters Christmas Special arrives at Boxpark Croydon on Sunday 17 December, 10:30am - midday. Be sure to follow them online on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.