Soho will be dancing to a different beat this summer with the launch of Disco, an underground boîte inspired by the disco movement, which started in 1970s Manhattan. Owned and operated by Charlie Gilkes and Duncan Stirling, whose Inception Group venues are well loved for their innovative and unique concepts, Disco will be a revival of this important period of nightlife and musical history.
The nightclub will be a celebration of the decades of disco, featuring choreographed routines from singers and dancers, as well as nightly live performances from musicians. Harking back to the days when air travel was glamorous, sophisticated and thrilling, on arrival guests will be greeted at a Pan Am-inspired lounge where air stewardesses will issue boarding passes and check personal items into the cloakroom via an automated conveyor belt before guests enter the club through aeroplane doors.
Decked out in an arresting style, Disco will have a cool and quirky interior featuring entire walls of retro televisions beaming out music videos and a nostalgic collection of iconic images of revelers from the disco era. Other walls will be adorned by colorful rollerskates, cassette tapes, nightlife memorabilia, and the bar will even be mocked up to resemble a vintage fairground stall. Designed to invoke the glamour of studio 54 and the atmosphere of Paradise Garage, Disco will both pay tribute to the past and support the resurgence of disco in the 21st century.
The trend towards all things disco is still very much alive today and guests will enjoy current and retro hits from DJs playing exclusively off vinyl. The venue will epitomise all of the escapism, freedom and hedonism that defined the era and continues to define modern disco today. Every night there will be a countdown from one year to the next at midnight, when visitors will celebrate the start of another year of disco. Clad in bow ties and braces (and little else), the bar team will serve up an inventive range of cocktails, including signature sharing drinks served in oversized glitter balls, a bespoke mug modeled on Michael Jackson complete with afro, and The Donna Summer, a homage to the late, great diva herself.
The Inception Group also own and operate Chelsea speakeasy Barts, 80s themed nightclub, Maggie’s, the acclaimed Bunga Bunga, an Englishman’s Italian, Bar, Pizzeria and Karaoke venue in Battersea, and, have most recently launched, Mr Fogg’s, a recreation of the actual home of Jules Verne’s most famous adventurer, Phileas Fogg, in Mayfair. Discographer and founder Duncan Stirling says of their new project:
“Both Charlie and I love the style and music of the entire disco era. We wanted to create a venue that transcends the entire era, and will be a one stop shop for those that witnessed Disco first time around and or those for whom it will be an entirely new experience.“