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“These are two girls who love Taylor Swift and are really good friends,” says Courtney Gibson of Le Petite Fête, “and just want to drink White Claw and sing along with you.”
When it comes to “elevator grounds,” this one really comes down to the common celebrations at the heart of party planners at Orlando Le Petit Fete – the duo of Gibson, CEO, and Caitie Phillips, CMO – who currently sell. nightclubs across Florida and beyond with their Taylor Swift tribute nights.
From an inaugural event at the Neon Beach Bar in downtown Orlando this summer to suites at the Soundbar, road trips to Miami and Chapel Hill, and upcoming dates in Tampa and a return to Orlando later this month here it was a series of sold-out crowds. And total chaos and surrender to the siren song (s) of a certain Taylor Swift. Dubbing one of the “You Need to Calm Down” events now seems like a premonitory move.
“The first time I saw girls dancing at tables in Neon Beach, I was like, ‘What can you do, don’t have a blast,’” Phillips recalls. “And our last party at Neon Beach, there were people surfing in the crowd.”
Who can blame them? These parties revolve around a straightforward and satisfying business model: blast pop maestro Swift’s cannon (and nothing else) at a club and leave the reunited audience of Gibson, Phillips, and a few hundred of their most trusted friends. loved ones sing / scream their life. And it’s currently going gangbusters.
You see, Swift is an artist who inspires the same level of devotion among her fans that Morrissey said during the Smiths’ heyday, but on a grand scale. Pair that with some intensely personal yet universal lyrics and strong drinks, and you’ve got a recipe for a good cathartic night. “His songs are so relatable,” says Phillips. “I just feel like she opened, like, your own diary.”
“There’s a community in there,” Gibson says. “You can go to a bar and listen to music all night long, but you would much rather go to a bar and listen to the kind of music that you like with a bunch of other people who like that same music.”
“I really believe people need other people. And this event is a really cool way to hang out with your friends again,” Phillips said. “And also, there’s nothing better than shouting your favorite song with your friends. It’s like free therapy, almost.”
The Little Party had a seemingly accidental debut, born during a brunch in downtown Orlando in which the two shared TikTok videos of Taylor Swift’s nights in Australia, while thinking, according to Gibson, “it would be so much fun, i ‘love going to see one here.’
But like all the best moments of DIY inspiration, this brunch video viewing turned into action. “At that brunch time, we were like, ‘We’re going to walk through all the bars on Orange Avenue until one of them says we can do that there,” explains Phillips. “We just did.” And as luck would have it, the new nightclub Neon Beach said yes.
The Taylor Swift party promotion of Le Petite Fête is very much in line with this initial inspiration fueled by TikTok, and very current. Gibson and Phillips use this ubiquitous video app, Instagram, and even the old Facebook (shared with Swifties fan groups) to get the word out. You are unlikely to find flyers in town, so if you know you know.
Next up is a loaded overnight list in early 2022 in new cities like Baltimore, Philadelphia and several dates in Texas, where demand is already booming. “We sold out Philadelphia, Baltimore. We released a TikTok that almost had 500,000 views. It was just a crazy response,” Phillips said. “I mean, it’s just wild. I can’t believe it.”
“There’s a little bit of nerves, you know, going out of your comfort zone,” reflects Gibson. “What if it doesn’t work?” So when we sold Gramps in Miami the week before the event, that was the first time I took a deep breath and thought, ‘OK, this will work. At our two concerts in Orlando, and even in Chapel Hill and Miami, people drive for hours to get there. This kid from Miami came up to me and he said, “I drove from Key West. »… They come from everywhere to come here. I even get goosebumps telling you this right now just because it’s so amazing. ”
Gibson and Phillips are sincere interviewees, even breaking down Swift’s best songs to start and end one of their nights. (The consensus was “Cruel Summer” to begin with and “Enchanted” to end, if you want some juicy trade secrets.) Spirits are high right now and the two are determined to ride this wave wherever it takes them. Almost.
“A girl sent me a DM the other day asking us to come and have a party in Maui because she was going to propose to her girlfriend,” says Gibson. “It’s a dream of mine that someone proposes to one of them, I’m not going to lie, but I was like, ‘I don’t know if I could make it to Maui, but I will try . “”