Disco Mums at the Whitworth: Book the babysitter

Susie Stubbs

The Whitworth celebrates its Museum of the Year nomination with a free party.

They’ve played Festival Number 6, Electric Elephant and Back to Basics. They’ve been partying and collecting vinyl for the best part of two decades. They cut their teeth at the likes of Friends & Family, Electric Chair and Bugged Out. And they’re not going to let the small matter of parental responsibility get in the way of a good time. Yes, people, Disco Mums prove that there is (social) life after kids – and the all-female DJ collective is playing a one-off set at the Whitworth this summer.

The small matter of parental responsibility won’t get in the way of a good time

The event is part of a bigger garden party, but, while daytime events are aimed squarely at families, once night falls the gallery is turned over to the grown-ups. And to a disco on the upper promenade, which means dancing in what is surely one of the most beautiful spaces in the city – overlooking the art garden, beneath Nathan Coley’s neon artwork and just along the way from the café in the trees (which is also open late). The party on Saturday 6 June is designed to celebrate the gallery’s nomination for Museum of the Year and, be still our beating hearts, is also free. Tickets are essential, however – and have just gone on sale. Grab yours now – and don’t forget to book the babysitter.

If you can’t make this night, try DJ Spooky at the Whitworth on Thursday 28 May

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