18,000 party-goers prepare to dance as Big Disco arrives in Leeds

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THE countdown is on for the county’s biggest ever party.

The Big Disco is coming to Leeds today, (July 1) with around 18,000 people expected to take part.

PIC: James Hardisty

PIC: James Hardisty

Partygoers can bust a move underneath the world’s biggest disco ball – the size of two-and-a-half double-decker buses – with music from DJs including Craig Charles and Greg Wilson, and tuck into some of the best street food around.

There will also be street theatre performances, a family photo booth, temporary tattoo parlour, glitter stations, rock star face painting, a pom pom wall, dance-offs and a DJ school.

The event , which is part of the Yorkshire Festival, will be held at Duke Studios from 3pm to 11pm.

Family-friendly discos will be held leading up to the main event at 7.20pm, when participants will simultaneously dance to one track chosen by the public.

The Leeds event will continue into the early hours, with an after party running until 4am.

People are also being encouraged to host their own ‘Little Discos’.

Laura Wellington, director at Duke Studios, said: “We have carefully selected an amazing line-up to reflect the various musical tastes and cultural interests of all people in this wonderful region.

“Big Disco is all about community and bringing people together to share one epic moment!”

Laura added: “The spirit and ethos of Big Disco is that it’s for absolutely everyone.

“We have received so many messages, including those from parents whose children are excited to see the world’s biggest disco ball.”

Performances have been held across the city in the run-up to the main event, with German performance artist Peter Baecker helping to get Leeds in the party mood.

Peter has performed a ‘one man disco’ at Trinity Leeds and att the children’s ward at St James’s Hospital, as well as making appearances in city centre offices and at a local school disco, which will be attended by 450 pupils.

The Big Disco is part of the Yorkshire Festival, which runs until July 3 and aims to fill the county with world-class artistic experiences.

Matt Burman, artistic director, said: “Major events of this scale can only be achieved with huge amounts of passion, drive and the commitment of those working behind the scenes, all of which the Big Disco team and its partners have in abundance.

“We look forward to welcoming thousands of people across Yorkshire, at the Big Disco and Little Discos, to enjoy a truly memorable night of music, dancing and celebration.”

Councillor Judith Blake, leader of Leeds City Council, added: “It’s inspiring to see Leeds hosting a cultural event that will bring so many people together for what I’m sure will be a unique collective experience. Activities like this are also a wonderful way of really bringing the South Bank area to life.”

Crown Point Road, between Black Bull Street and Hunslet Lane will be closed between 6pm and midnight on July 1.

Some diversions will be in place with buses travelling into the city centre also affected.

• To host your own Little Disco, or to get involved in the Big Disco, visit thebigdisco.com/little-disco/register.