Biggest disco dance record broken at Camp Bestival

Saturday night fever was on as Camp Besitval (UK) staged the greatest disco dance with 598 festival-goers present on July 30, 2022.

Camp Bestival is a British music festival dubbed the “little sister” to the main festival Bestival, aimed at families and young children, and held annually at Lulworth Castle in Dorset.


Festival attendees were able to apply to participate in the attempt by registering on the Camp Bestival website.

Before entry, a counting system has been set up to check the number of participants taking part.


Each participant received a special limited-edition sequined cape before the official attempt began at noon.

The official dance took place to the soundtrack to Sister Sledge’s disco anthem “We Are Family”. Participants were led by Claire Hodgson MBE, founder of Diverse City and disco champion, and the number was choreographed by fellow disco champion and Claire’s brother, Tom Hodgson.

In the lead up to the attempt, rehearsal workshops were available throughout the festival to help people learn the official danceas well as detailed video tutorials shared ahead of time.

judges with sophie ellis bextor in front of the biggest disco ball in the world


The event was hosted by pop star Sophie Ellis-Bextor known for her dance anthem “Murder on the Dancefloor” to give the crowd much-needed motivation.


With all participants in place and dressed appropriately in sequins and sequins, it was time to boogie in front of the world biggest disco ball.

This large disco ball measures 10.33m (33ft 10in) and was created for Bestival 2014’s Desert Island Disco at Robin Hill Country Park, Isle of Wight.

For the attempt to be valid, the participants had to dance for a good five minutes.


Closeup of participants taking part in the world's biggest disco dance

The attempt was successful with 598 participants, comfortably beating the previous record of 324 set by Universal Pictures in 2018.

Camp Bestival also used the event to raise funds for its charity partner, the Ellen MacArthur Cancer Trust, which inspires young people aged 8-24 to believe in a brighter future through and beyond cancer.

“Camp Bestival Dorset goers are breaking records! We are delighted to have broken the GUINNESS WORLD RECORDS title for the greatest disco dance in true Camp Bestival style. It was amazing to see families and people from all ages come together and show their best the disco moves under the dazzling twinkle ball.As well as having a ton of fun, we are incredibly proud that the attempt raised funds for the Ellen MacArthur Cancer Trust.Congratulations to all the dancers involved!” Rob da Bank, Curator of Camp Bestival

Congratulation to all participants !

the crowd poses in front of a disco ball

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