Sophie Ellis-Bextor helps Camp Bestival break disco dance record

Sophie Ellis-Bextor helped Camp Bestival goers break a Guinness World Record for biggest disco dance.

The singer, who hosted virtual kitchen nightclubs during the lockdown, gave the rallying cry on Saturday for 598 attendees to blast their way into the history books.

The dancers donned their finest sequins and danced by a giant disco ball to celebrate the desert island disco theme of the Dorset festival.

The dancers donned their finest sequins and danced by a giant disco ball (Victor Frankowski/Camp Bestival/PA)

Ellis-Bextor said: “From my very own Kitchen Disco to a fully fledged glittery disco extravaganza in the beautiful grounds of Lulworth Castle, I am delighted to have played a sparkling role in helping Camp Bestival win the official Guinness title. World Records. for the biggest disco dance.

“Congratulations to all of you fabulous disco Kings and Queens.”

The Murder On The Dancefloor singer has held regular live disco performances from her home during the pandemic to lift the spirits of her family and fans.

The dance at Camp Bestival was led by Claire Hodgson, the founder of performing arts company Diverse City, to the soundtrack of Sister Sledge’s We Are Family disco anthem with her brother Tom Hodgson choreographing the routine. .

The record was verified by Guinness World Record referees Jack Brockbank and Anouk de Timary after the official tally, breaking the previous record by more than 274.

Hodgson said, “Choreographing and directing an attempt at the greatest disco dance with my sister, Kim, and my brother, Tom, was a dream come true.

“Disco is a big part of my life and it was truly inspiring to see so many dancers of all ages and skill levels come together to dance, laugh and celebrate the record together.”

The event raised funds for the festival’s charity partner, the Ellen MacArthur Cancer Trust (Victor Frankowski/Camp Bestival/PA)

DJ Rob da Bank and his wife Josie, who co-founded Camp Bestival, organized the event which also raised funds for the festival’s charity partner, the Ellen MacArthur Cancer Trust, which helps young people aged eight to 24 years envisioning a brighter future through and beyond cancer.

Rob da Bank added: “Camp Bestival Dorset festival goers are breaking records.

“We are thrilled to have broken the Guinness World Record for Biggest Disco Dance in true Camp Bestival style.

“It was amazing to see families and people of all ages come together and show off their best disco moves under the dazzling glitter ball.

“As well as having a blast, we are incredibly proud that the attempt raised funds for the Ellen MacArthur Cancer Trust.

“Congratulations to all the dancers involved.

Camp Bestival Dorset takes place at Lulworth Castle from July 28-31.

Jan G. Gilbert