July 1st will see the world’s largest disco ball glisten in the sky above Leeds’ Duke Studios as The Big Disco attempt to bring dancers together across the county for an extraordinary one-off party. Today marks the announcement of the artists who’ll be playing out under the shimmering party sphere, and it’s a suitably enormous lineup.
First to catch the eye, Craig Charles has been to one or two big parties in his time, but we’re willing to bet he hasn’t played many under a double-double-decker sized disco ball before. Gifted with a chance to cross that off his list on a sweaty summer day, Craig will be bringing his vintage taste in all things funky as he imparts soulful wisdom with a generous helping of party spirit. Not many DJs enjoy DJing quite as much as Craig.
Skipping back and forth across the line between house and pop music, Alex Metric knows exactly how to take an indie favourite and turn it into a dancefloor stomper, and word is he knows how to whip up a party to boot. Whether zapping lasers or building ground shaking bass lines, Mr Metric’s approach to music is centred around adding a dancefloor sensibility to the singalong earworms that you’d never want to shake off; not dissimilar then to another partner in arms on the day, the one and only Greg Wilson. Master of the disco re-edit, Wilson brings downtempo jams with hooks galore, and having been working crowds for longer than most of us can remember, he’s a man for the biggest occasion.
(Photo: Big Disco ball - Bestival)
Capital FM loyalists get a rare chance to put faces to names as the station’s Adam, Danny & Jojo also step up to the plate, offering a set full of the tunes you like to eat your breakfast to, whilst another group of Leeds locals, the stadium trance pioneers Utah Saints, have been booked to show off a different side of their musical endeavours as they delve deep into disco.
The party will be opened up by Distrikt resident Foz, with Leeds’ Brett Domino (the fella off YouTube) completing the bill with a special live set.
Naturally, when you’re trying to create a world record party you don’t want it to end at 11pm, and so there’s an after party on offer once the main events are finished. Completely separate from the main event, the after party will be taken inside at Duke Studios as the outdoor event is closed off, meaning those who can’t make the daytime party have a second chance at getting in on the action. Featuring Yorkshire’s Mighty Mouse, UK dance music’s journeyman Justin Robertson and Boe & LX of Shipley’s extraordinary Golden Cabinet, the tickets for the after party are likely to be just as highly sought after as the main event.
Words by Andrew Kemp
Photos courtesy of United Agents - Craig Charles