Bondi Feast Silent-Disco Tour
It all started in 2013 when David Naylor threw a birthday party at Melbourne’s Edinburgh Gardens. He sent friends and family a playlist beforehand, and when they got together in the park he told everyone to simultaneously hit “play” on their devices. What happened next was spontaneous dancing and singing, and that mini dance festival led him to create a more organised silent-disco operation.
Guru Dudu is its name, and Naylor has since hosted unscripted frolicking sessions around Australia and the UK. Unlike static silent discos, it’s a tour, taking punters around streets and local landmarks, and using commentary and interpretive dance routines to reimagine well-known spaces. Guru Dudu will be at Bondi Feast from July 12 to 21 for a series of tours around the beachside suburb, then there are plans to host events more regularly across Sydney.
Tour guide Dani Cabs, aka “Dani Disco” will be handling the Sydney expansion. Each guide has their own signature style and Cabs starts his sessions by explaining the tour is a safe space for everyone’s personal and artistic expression.
He then gets everyone to put on (supplied) headphones and warm up with some music and freestyle dancing. Once the group’s ready and everyone’s shed their inhibitions, it’s time to hit the streets.
The playlist differs depending on who’s on the tour – there’s music from the ’70s to the naughties, interspersed with commentary from Dani Disco – but there are a couple of songs that always get the crowd going.
Aside from teaching everyone flash-mob dance moves to hits such as Single Ladies and Holding Out for a Hero, Cabs also gives individuals time to shine in the spotlight. The session runs for an hour and punters will walk and dance their way around the festival site, as well as the beach and a couple of nearby streets.
You can join Dani Disco with Guru Dudu at Bondi Feast in July. There are two sessions on most days, at 3.30pm and 7.10pm. Tickets are $25.
Fri July 12, 7.10pm
Sat July 13, 3.30pm & 7.10pm
Sun July 14, 3.30pm & 7.10pm
Fri July 19, 7.10pm
Sat July 20, 3.30pm & 7.10pm
Sun July 21, 3.30pm & 7.10pm