On July 1st 2016, Big Disco brought the world’s largest disco ball, two and a half times the size of a double decker bus, suspended over Leeds while more than 18,000 people danced in unison to Donna Summer’s hit I Feel Love at parties across the whole of Yorkshire.
Yorkshire Festival commissioned Duke Studios to bring the disco to end all discos to the heart of the region. While thousands danced amid carnival performers, street food and big name acts in Leeds city centre, hundreds of Little Discos, put on using DIY disco kits created and distributed by Duke Studios, took place across the region.
Following an afternoon of family-friendly revelry, at 7:20pm party-goers at Big Disco, the Little Discos and fringe events around the city danced together to I Feel Love, as voted for by the people of Yorkshire.
“We’re very excited about Big Disco in Leeds,” said Tom Riordan, Chief Executive of Leeds City Council, ahead of the event. “We know from the Tour de France in 2014 that cultural events like Big Disco can galvanise communities and citizens to connect in ways that mainstream public policy cannot achieve. Duke Studios are an exemplar business in Leeds who combine excellence in designs and creativity with a great sense of fun and civic pride. We know they’ll do a great job and extend their growing reputation to a national stage.”
Following the community dance off to I Feel Love, the party rolled on late into the night, with after-parties and fringe events at major Leeds venues.
“Big disco is a long time coming, great to be part of something big and bold in Leeds,”said Leeds music heroes Utah Saints. From ballet to breaks, street to salsa, contemporary to clog dancing and all the forms of dance and expression in between, July 1st 2016 will be remembered as the day Yorkshire threw a spectacular party and everyone was invited.
“Yorkshire festival is delighted and excited to be working with Duke Studios and NEW SUBSTANCE on Big Disco,” said Matt Burman, Artistic Director, Yorkshire Festival.
“Ambition and collaboration are at the core of our ethos and this project and its partners represent that perfectly. Big Disco is a significant statement of intent, establishing the trajectory for Yorkshire Festival’s large-scale commissioning and helping define our vital role in securing capital of culture for Leeds 2023.”
Big Disco is a collaboration between Yorkshire Festival, Duke Studios and NEWSUBSTANCE.