Reader story: ‘Disco is back - come and experience it in Cromer!

PUBLISHED: 13:31 14 August 2018 | UPDATED: 13:31 14 August 2018

Cromer Social Club. Picture: GOOGLE STREETVIEW

Cromer Social Club. Picture: GOOGLE STREETVIEW


Anyone who regularly listens to local or national radio will have noticed a resurgence in the number of both classic disco and Northern Soul tunes permeating the airwaves.

Disco, in particular, having peaked in the late ‘70s, became the victim of a cultural backlash that culminated in the infamous Disco Demolition Night in Chicago in July 1979, when a crateful of dance records was exploded in the middle of a baseball field.

By 1980, even New York’s world-famous Studio 54 club had closed, Disco Sucks tee-shirts were all the rage and a combination of dreadful novelty records and changing production techniques saw the almost complete demise of the original scene.

So why is classic old-school dance music back in vogue in 2018? It’s most likely a question of demographics.

A generation who remember getting down to the likes of Rose Royce, Tavares and Michael Jackson have grown up, married and watched their own children leave home.

However, many of them still love the music and, given half a chance, still love to dance.

Luckily, radio programmers appear to have acknowledged the situation, and with the likes of Nile Rogers and Chic back on tour, and Abba resurfacing again on soundtracks and in virtual form, interest in classic disco is snowballing.

Luckily for those living in North Norfolk, Cromer has become the regular host for disco’s finest grooves at the town’s Rediscovery club night.

The event offers an opportunity to dance for an often-ignored segment of the population; music fans who feel they are too old to be standing in a queue outside a trendy Norwich night club, but are determined that they’re way too young to spend every night sitting in front of the TV!

Once every two months, Cromer Community Centre is transformed by smoke and mirror balls, along with a quadraphonic sound system, as five Rediscovery DJs dig through their vinyl collections to present a night of classic disco with a hint of funk and soul.

If you’ve been yearning to revisit those days (or nights) when you could strut your stuff to proper dance music in a friendly atmosphere, then you’re in luck: Rediscovery is back in Cromer on September 22 with North Norfolk’s only regular disco club night.

The club will be donating to East Anglian Air Ambulance, including proceeds from all Tee-shirt sales on the night.

Rediscovery disco night: September 22, 7.30pm-midnight, Cromer Community Centre. Tickets are £5 in advance from Holt Vinyl Vault or on the door.

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