A unique musical project originally set up to help improve wellbeing for people with Parkinson’s Disease has been announced as the official after party for Sheffield Makes Music – the University of Sheffield’s celebration of the city’s musical talent, and part of BBC Music Day – on Thursday 26 September.
The free entry Dopamine Disco at Yellow Arch Studios (30-36 Burton Road, Sheffield, S3 8BX) is open to all and will give attendees the opportunity to dance through the ages, at an event which organisers promise will bring “hope, joy and happiness to the People’s Republic of South Yorkshire”.
Organiser Simon Brown explains: “We are really happy to be part of a very exciting Sheffield Makes Music programme and are looking forward taking people on an audio journey through the history of dance music. Dopamine Disco DJs will be unearthing hidden Soul gems and deep and dirty Disco treasures; celebrating early hip hop; and getting down to Chicago House and deep, funky Detroit Techno.”
Sheffield-based artist, musician and DJ Simon Brown founded Dopamine Disco after he was diagnosed with early onset Parkinson’s Disease at the age of 43. Parkinson’s Disease is a neurodegenerative disorder associated with the loss of dopamine-generating cells in the brain. As he learnt to come to terms with his condition, Simon discovered that music and dancing provided significant relief from the tremors, muscle stiffness and depression attributed to the disease.
Simon explains: “Good music and dancing is scientifically proven to stimulate dopamine release in the brain, improving mood, motivation and wellbeing… not just for people with Parkinson’s Disease like me, but for anyone experiencing anxiety, depression and suffering. It makes you feel better!”
“The maiden voyage of the Dopamine Disco in August was a joyous affair, with a massively diverse range of people of all ages and abilities letting go on the dancefloor; it was all smiles. We can’t wait to welcome everyone to Dopamine Disco #2 on 26 September – it is open to all!”
Andy Cook, Director at Yellow Arch Studios (famously known as the birthplace of the Arctic Monkeys) added: “We’re delighted to be hosting the Dopamine Disco again, as the official After Party for Sheffield Makes Music. Whether you want to take part as a therapeutic release, or you just want to dance with no judgement and no stress, the Dopamine Disco is the place to be.”
Dopamine Disco is supported by Yellow Arch Studios, Denon DJ, BBC and Parkinson’s UK. For the full Sheffield Makes Music programme go to sheffield.ac.uk/makes-music.
Dopamine Disco at Yellow Arch Studios is free entry and will run from 7pm until midnight on 26 September.