Music festival Bestival grooved its way to a new record in suitable style at the weekend by having the world's largest ever disco ball on site.
Guinness World Records adjudicator Mark McKinley was on hand to measure the super-sized mirrored orb on Sunday at the four-day festival which took place at Robin Hill Country Park on the Isle of Wight.
The ball was confirmed as measuring to be 10.33 metres in diameter (nearly 33 feet), smashing the previous record of 9.98 metres set by a ball built for a Bacardi-sponsored party in April 2012.
Bestival organizer Rob Da Bank was challenged to craft the massive mirrorball by Chic frontman Nile Rogers, whose band closed the event.
Back in May, disco pioneer Nile laid down the challenge to Rob.
Speaking to Gigwise earlier this year, Nile said “We’re going to do an extended set and I actually just made a challenge to the head of Bestival – I said that I would like to create the world’s largest disco party of all time. So he says ‘how do we do that?’
“So then I was like ‘I want you to create the world’s largest disco ball. He says ‘do you know how big that is?’ I say ‘I don’t know – I’m just making it up’. He said it would have to be 10 metres in diameter, so I said ’great – the challenge is on”.
Confirmation of the record-breaking achievement came on Sunday afternoon as organizers tweeted, “It’s official!!! We now hold the Guinness World Record for the biggest Disco Ball in the world!!!”
The disco ball served as the climax of the weekends entertainment and began to rotate and as Nile Rodgers and Chic took to the stage to perform on the festival’s Main Stage.