Leeds disco divas to dance the night away for Yorkshire Fest

WORLD'S LARGEST: The 10m in diameter ball, on loan from Bestival.
WORLD'S LARGEST: The 10m in diameter ball, on loan from Bestival.
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Disco divas in Leeds will be joining in a world dance record as part of the Yorkshire Festival 2016.

The Big Disco dance will see the world’s largest disco ball suspended from a crane above Duke Studios in Leeds on July 1. The record breaking attempt was revealed yesterday as one of the biennial festival’s first attractions.

Festival organisers, in collaboration with Duke Studios and NewSubstance, will be getting thousands together dancing to the same track, at the same time, at parties across Yorkshire. The track will be chosen from a top ten selected by DJs and clubs, through a public vote. The Little Disco party kit will be sent out to anyone who wants to get involved.

Sir Gary Verity, Welcome to Yorkshire chief executive, said: “Yorkshire Festival 2016 is shaping up to be one of the most exciting cultural events to ever come to our county. We would urge the public to show support, enjoy UK first performances and help set world records right here in Yorkshire.”

A second act announced was French and Basque performers Les Commandos Percu and Deabru Beltzak. They will perform Danbor Talka: Clash of the Drums - a parade through the crowds ending in an enormous pyrotechnic display - in Sheffield on June 25. The third and final act revealed was the European premiere of a performance by the Nile Project. The production - featuring musicians from 11 countries along the Nile - will be on at the Alhambra in Bradford on June 11.

The acts are among hundreds of performers who will entertain audiences from Thursday, June 16, to Sunday, July 3. The Yorkshire Festival, created by Welcome to Yorkshire, has been awarded £1million from Arts Council England as part of the Northern Powerhouse initiative. For more information, go to www.yorkshirefestival.co.uk