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18 July 2016

the big disco, leeds

This morning 'I Feel Love' by Donna Summer came on the radio, and I found myself smiling remembering back to the beginning of this month at The Big Disco.

It was Friday night and we arrived at Sheaf Cafeteria, the home of Duke Studios and a brunch hotspot I've been dying to try for a while, unsure of what to expect. Would there be flares? Would there be Saturday Night Fever moves and John Travolta style curtains? Would there be a dodgy school disco DJ talking in his finest radio voice, singing along to every track?

I noticed the grooving kids in yellow sunglasses shaking their outstretched hands first. Then the ladies wearing sparkly and reflective dresses looking insanely cool, sipping beer and eating aesthetically pleasing grub. And finally, I looked up. There behind all the smiling faces was THE BIGGEST DISCO BALL IN THE WORLD, shining brightly over the Leeds landscape like a diamond planet in our orbit for one night only.

The size of two and a half double decker buses, this piece of art was commissioned by Chic's Nile Rogers originally for his Bestival 2014 set, and exuded the same amount of character and charm as the Man, the Myth, himself. I couldn't keep my eyes off of it... Quite a feat considering everything else at the celebration: street dancers in light-up neon body suits, the colourful Carnival that later paraded through the eye-catching, delicious food stalls, and the DISCO.  The music was everything we'd hoped for. At 7pm Ms. Summer's classic blared from the speakers, at Sheaf Cafeteria and all across Yorkshire at mini-discos, soundtracking the dancing of a collective 25,000 people. 50,000 arms propelled in the air. Later, DJ Yoda and Greg Wilson continued the tunes and were AMAZING.

That night, I drank wonderful Berliner Pilsner beer (who had sponsored the event), moved my feet along with thousands of other glittered-up revellers, met some lovely lovely bloggers, and went to bed feeling a lot of love for this city I reside in. The Big Disco has been a true highlight of my summer.

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