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Big Disco brings the World's largest disco ball to Leeds

Leeds to host massive Yorkshire-spanning party

On July 1st Big Disco will see the world’s largest disco ball, two and a half times the size of a double decker bus, suspended over Leeds while more than 25,000 people dance to the same track, at the same time, at parties across Yorkshire. 

Yorkshire Festival has commissioned Duke Studios to bring the disco to end all discos to the heart of the region. While thousands dance 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, will take 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 will be brought together dancing to a single track chosen by the public. The song will come from a shortlist of 10 tracks put together by industry professionals, famous DJs and Leeds legends, then voted on by the people of Yorkshire.

“We’re very excited about Big Disco in Leeds,” said Tom Riordan, Chief Executive of Leeds City Council. “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.”

Disco Ball World Record - Victor Frankowski

Following the playing of the public’s song, the party will roll on late into the night with after-parties and fringe events at major Leeds venues that will highlight everything the city has to offer before, during and after the event.

“Big disco is a long time coming, great to be part of something big and bold in Leeds,” said Leeds music heroes Utah Saints.

Disco Ball - Dan Dennison

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.

More information on the event schedule and how the public can get involved can be found at

Big Disco Poster