Our three-part virtual series ‘We Dance As One’ was recently announced, seeking to raise awareness for the plight of the events business in the UK and around the world in this post-pandemic era, We Dance As One is our way of showing solidarity for an industry that has largely been ignored and dismissed by the government. We Dance As One will see world-renowned DJs broadcast to millions, reviving the template of our Virtual Festival series, the events will be completely free and accessible to enjoy in the comfort of their own homes, uniting all as one on the virtual dancefloor.

Kicking things off with a suitably heavyweight line-up, October’s event will feature sets from Carl Cox, CamelPhat, Dennis Ferrer, Disciples, Mike Dunn, Natasha Diggs, Sam Divine and more to be announced, streamed via YouTube, Facebook and Twitch. Sets will be broadcast from the DJs’ homes or where possible, their favourite local nightclubs which are currently lying empty due to pandemic restrictions. CamelPhat will perform at Liverpool’s Mansion nightclub, a venue that they own in their hometown. Sam Divine will play at London’s beloved Ministry Of Sound, while Mike Dunn will be at Smartbar in his native Chicago and Natasha Diggs from New York’s House Of Yes – all with strict restrictions and social distancing in place.

30th OCTOBER 2020, 1700 – 0000 GMT

We cannot allow our culture to just be dismissed, or abandoned. Defected cannot stand by and let people just give up on nightlife, on clubbing and the extended industries dependent on events. Alongside the financial benefits, dancefloors and music enrich the lives of millions around the world, breaking down prejudices and boosting our mental health.” – Wez Saunders, Defected Managing Director

We are taking this opportunity to bring on board workers who have been displaced or lost work during this time. Events staff, videographers and creatives are being recruited to help, either behind the scenes at the various live-streaming locations or helping to achieve the high standard of production in the broadcasts. As well as using the displaced staff, we will use the live streams themselves as promotion for the individuals, to advertise their skills and give them some well-deserved recognition. A small token of appreciation to reflect the new era music company’s wish to support those who have been affected. 

“We want this to be a calling card for those who have had their jobs and livelihoods taken away. We need to joyously remind people what these artists and DJs are best at, and why this music matters so much to the mental health of so many. We need to do what we do best at Defected and bring people together from around the world, getting people dancing. Our role is to ensure people are aware of the current threat to our very culture yet inspired enough to do something about it. “ - James Kirkham - Defected CBO

Let us all come together in a celebration of club culture, we will not allow our industry to be dismissed nor abandoned. It is time to unite #AsOne, fighting for a sector that very much enriches and adds value to many of our lives. 

We Dance As One 1.0 Facebook event: https://www.facebook.com/events/346070203168497/