World’s Largest Disco Ball

Breaking a world record for the largest disco ball ever at Bestival

The Brief

Disco legend Nile Rodgers originally laid down the gauntlet, challenging Bestival to set a new world record for the world’s largest disco ball to accompany his exclusive Desert Island Disco set. Relishing the challenge Josie and Rob da Bank commissioned NEWSUBSTANCE to respond and top the incumbent record of 9.98 metres.

Event Statistics

The centre piece of the Magic Meadow all weekend, c.50,000 festival goers bore witness to the new holder of the world’s largest disco ball title. As high as a three storey house, our ball was covered a kilometre’s worth of tiles, using 11,000 zip ties and filled with 350 cubic meters of air – equivalent to 1000 beach balls!

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Isle of Wight, UK

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The Outcome

Bringing all of our record breaking skills to the fore NEWSUBSTANCE designed and delivered a Disco Ball that helped Bestival set a new GUINNESS WORLD RECORD topping the tape at 10.33metres.

A 10.33m, PVC ball was inflated and then socked in industrial strength mesh netting, onto which 2,500 styrene mirror tiles were painstakingly attached using over 11,000 zip ties.  A bespoke pressure management system was created to ensure structural integrity throughout its time on site.

Arriving on site, this beast of a ball was inflated, cleaned up and primed for its headline appearance.  On cue on Sunday night our world’s largest disco ball was lifted using a crane and rotated using 6 costumed wranglers. Once we had gained sufficient speed the wranglers stood down allowing the ball four full, unassisted rotations that combined with the already officially confirmed size delivered a GUINNESS WORLD RECORD!