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Dancing for Despo: A club night with a worthy cause

18 March 2016
Dancing for Despo: A club night with a worthy cause
When it comes to club nights, it’s becoming more and more common to see organisers putting on their nights for a really good cause. They’re about bringing people together who want to celebrate a common passion, whether that’s the genre, the venue or the charity that the profits are donated to. Dancing for Despo is no different.

In March 2013, DJ Despo, Duncan Michael Wilson sadly passed away to testicular cancer. Since his passing, his friends and family have organised an annual ‘fund rave’ to raise money for Macmillan, who supported his family through the illness.

Duncan’s housemate and promoter of the Dancing for Despo parties, Katy Noble said:

“The last two years has seen the Dancing for Despo parties raise a total of £4,500 over the two events for the fund. The parties have always taken place on Duncan’s Birthday so we can raise money, but also remember our friend in a way that is unique to him.”

On 9th April, the third and final instalment of the Dancing for Despo party will take place at Studio 24 in Mabgate, featuring a line-up of hip-hop tunes in his name, inspired by the legendary ‘tracksuit party' that Duncan threw back in 2010.

With a line-up packed with the finest names of the underground dance scene, including Adam Shelton, Tristan Da Cunha and Dave Beer, this will be an opportunity for those who knew Duncan to don their tracksuits and give him the best send-off they can, and those who didn’t to help raise money for a fantastic cause.

Tristan da Cunha, DJ and Duncan’s best friend said:

“Duncan would be so proud to see his memory being carried on like this and for something he loved so much, having such a positive effect for others that find themselves in the unfortunate position of battling cancer. With this amazing line up and theme for the party he will be represented and remembered in all his glory and it’s an honour to be involved in such a good cause”.

Tickets are £11 (or more - donate as much as you can!) and all profits will go to Macmillan Cancer Support. If you can't make the night, here is the link to go and donate!

By Lauren Barraclough
Lauren is an Editorial Assistant at Leeds Living dabbling in a bit of writing with news pieces and the occasional foodie review.