A couple of weeks ago I was invited by my good pal Zoe to join her at the Boiler Shop in Newcastle for the city’s first ever ‘Get Down Rolladisco’ event. It was an opportunity to wear our funkiest outfits, cover ourselves in glitter and skate around to an amazing playlist of soulful floor-fillers, of course I said yes!
I was hugely impressed by the recent improvements made to the venue. The Boiler Shop has always been a super cool place for pop up events but now it’s had a bit of a facelift including the addition of lovely new bathrooms it’s better than ever (hurrah, no more portaloos)!
Zoe and I loved the outrageous decor and couldn’t help but admire the effort everyone had gone to with their outfits, we had a fantastic evening whizzing around the huge rink/dancefloor! We were advised to skate for thirty minutes at a time and then take a break, this was to help keep the queues down, which did get quite long at times but to be honest we didn’t mind as it gave us the chance to cool down with a beer.
There was also the mezzanine level to explore where we discovered retro arcade games, a cake stall, a cocktail bar and a glitter face-painting station. With windows overlooking the skating rink below it was also a great spot for people watching which was almost as much fun as the skating itself!
The event was a roaring success with loads of people giving it rave reviews on social media so it came as no surprise when the organisers quickly announced their next Rolladisco… on the 24 JUNE!
The funk soul DJ’s will be be back, along with a bigger and better skating rink, lots of new and fun games, more food vendors, retro sweets, plus extra seating both inside and out.
You can opt for afternoon or evening tickets, priced at £16.50 or £19.25 and that includes free skate hire. They aren’t battered old roller boots either but nice, clean new ones.
The event is for over 18’s only which I know will disappoint a lot of teens but the adults only policy means you can really let your hair down and enjoy the combination of clubbing, a few beers and unleashing your inner child! Fancy dress is absolutely encouraged so dig out your leg warmers and sweatbands and enjoy a night out with a difference!
For more details and ticket info check out www.facebook.com/GetDownRolladisco but be quick, it’s sure to be another sell out!
Thanks to the team at Rolladisco Ncl for letting me use some of their pics in this post.