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Rave lifers tell us why it's acceptable to go raving aged 37 (and beyond)

"Age is just a number"

  • Louis Anderson-Rich
  • 12 July 2017
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Cathy, 45

What would you say to someone who told you 37 is too old to go clubbing?

I'd laugh at them and tell them that the music that they dance to is our inheritance. We invented it, danced to it when they were mere glints in the milkman's eyes. It's totally laughable that dance music belongs to just a certain age group - anyone can enjoy it.

Why haven't you stopped clubbing?

I took a break to have a family, then as soon as my kids were old enough to be left alone I got back into it with even more vigour. I don't feel the same insecurities about myself as I did when I was younger, I'm more confident in my own skin and I'm no longer on the pull. I like hanging out and dancing with like-minded people and have made so many dance/crowd friends - ranging from all ages. It's the best way to make new friends.

What clubs/parties do you go to now?

Oh god, where to start? I live in Bristol which is such a hot bed for music. We are literally spoilt for choice (one of the reasons why I moved to Bristol). I go to all the local Bristol festivals (Love Saves The Day, Tokyo World etc) then love going to Lakota, Motion and the smaller artier events that you get at The Island or at Crofters Rights. I head to London sometimes to The Steelyard, Printworks and Tobacco Dock if there's something really special going on there (i.e. Avant Garde or Anjunadeep). I still can't get enough so I have also created my own Bristol club night, that's how enthused I am.

That's really awesome! When and what was the last gig you went to?

I attended Wonka Vision's Garage night at The Plough in Bristol last Saturday and prior to that I went to Love Saves The Night afterparty to see My Nu Leng. I also went to Alfresco Disco boat party – can't forget that one!

So who's your favourite DJ?

Maceo Plex, Black Madonna and Kölsch.

And they're all over 37 I think?

They are actually aged 38 and 39 (Black Madonna and Kölsch are both 39). I just Googled that!

Boom. Knew it.

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