A beautiful Scottish island is preparing to host a two-night party billed as the “most remote” nightclub in the world.
The Detour Disco pop-up experience will be set up on Coll, in the Inner Hebrides, with what it promises to be a “cosmic” event on September 22 and 23, 2023. With just 200 residents and little street lights, Coll is one of the UK’s only official “dark skies” community.
This is only the second Detour discotheque, following its opening session last April in the small fishing village of Thingeyri, in Iceland’s Westfjords.
The Detour Disco is designed in the style of a legendary 1970s New York City nightclub, and organizers say they will transform An Cridhe, Coll’s community hub, into “a charming vintage haven charm”. The event can only accommodate 250 people.
Confirmed disco performers filling the floor under a spinning mirror sphere include future producer and world music champion Aunt Flo and Glasgow’s euphoric synth band Free Love, with More to be announced. Detour Discotheque’s resident DJs shoot classical music, from Chic to Grace Jones to Fela Kuti. There will also be a session from Coll’s own Cosmic Ceilidh Band.
There will be a free “cosmic garden party” welcoming guests at the Coll Hotel on Thursday, September 21. Other activities on the weekend include outdoor swimming, nature walks and Saturday morning market with its own disco music.
The Coll can be reached by the Caledonian MacBrayne (CalMac) ferry from Oban, two to three hours by car from Glasgow or Edinburgh, and also accessible by train from Glasgow Central Station along the Highland Line.
Organizer and founder Jonny Ensall said: “Disco Detour is back for another enchanting weekend. The event is a wormhole opening in unexpected places across planet Earth, and this year that cosmic phenomenon is taking place on Coll – a small Scottish island known for its starry skies.
“It’s all about community – bringing disco lovers and Coll residents together for two unflinching nights of fun, amidst beautiful nature and with the Milky Way to admire above us. “
The first ticket issue has sold out, but the second one will be released in the next few weeks on detour disco.comcosts £95 – with the Coll permanent resident discount.