Sophie Ellis-Bextor helped lead festival-goers at Camp Bestival to break the Guinness World Record for the largest disco dance.
He’s the singer, who hosts virtual kitchen discos during the lockdown, issuing a rallying call on Saturday for the 598 attendees to dance their way into the history books.
The dancers donned their finest sequins and danced with a giant disco ball to celebrate the desert island disco theme of the Dorset festival.
Ellis-Bextor said: “From my very own Kitchen Disco to an all-inclusive lavish disco in sequins in the splendid grounds of Lulworth Castle, I am delighted to have played a sparkling part in helping Camp Bestival earned the official Guinness World Record title for the Largest Disco Dance.
“Congratulations to all of you on the great disco Kings and Queens.”
The Murder On The Dancefloor singer has hosted regularly streamed disco performances from her home during the pandemic to lift the spirits of her family and fans.
The dance, held at Camp Bestival, was conducted by Claire Hodgson, founder of the performing arts company Diverse City, on the soundtrack to Sister Sledge’s disco song We Are Family with her brother Tom Hodgson. for this show.
The record was confirmed by Guinness World Records judges Jack Brockbank and Anouk de Timary after an official count, breaking the previous record of more than 274.
“Choreographing and leading the effort for Biggest Disco Dance with my sister, Kim, and brother, Tom, was a dream come true,” said Hodgson.
“Disco is a big part of my life and it’s really inspiring to see so many dancers of all ages and abilities coming together to dance, laugh and celebrate breaking records together.”
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DJ Rob da Bank and his wife Josie, who co-founded Camp Bestival, organized the event, while also raising funds for the festival’s charitable partner, the Ellen MacArthur Cancer Trust, which supports young people aged 8 to 24 age towards a brighter future life beyond and beyond cancer.
Rob da Bank added: “Camp Bestival Dorset festivalgoers are record breakers.
“We are delighted to have broken the Guinness World Record for the Largest Disco Dance in true Camp Bestival style.
“It’s amazing to see families and people of all ages come together and show off their best dance moves under a glittering ball of glitter.
“As well as having a lot of fun, we are incredibly proud that the effort has raised funds for the Ellen MacArthur Cancer Trust.
“Big congratulations to all the dancers involved.”
Camp Bestival Dorset will take place at Lulworth Castle from July 28-31.
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