Public Disco to reimagine downtown back street Alley Oop with a big pop-up party

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      Vancouver: home of the tedious Granville strip, oft-frequented Main Street venues, and—really cool pop-up back alley parties?

      A new trend that’s changing how locals use public space, pop-up events have been springing up all over the city of late. And while that’s not entirely a new thing—remember those 1990s Stanley Park raves, anyone?—with the rise of Facebook, it’s getting pretty easy to be in the know. So easy, in fact, that the City of Vancouver has even gotten on board to sanction the occasions.

      One of the more popular spots for outdoor pop-ups, the pink alley between Pender, Hastings, Granville, and Seymour (affectionately known as Alley Oop) has seen a fair amount of gatherings in the last few months—so it comes as no surprise that it’s been selected to host new events collective Public Disco’s first venture.

      The events company will be brightening up the space with music and dancing. Local artists will be on hand to spin a range of feel-good house and disco, with Nathan Mots, Botej, Max Volume, and Kasey Riot each posting up behind the decks.

      As well as inviting attendees to dress in their most colourful clothing—and, doubtless, any velour jumpsuits they might have sitting in a wardrobe—the event will put on a number of '80s-releated activities. The kids’ zone is slated to be stocked with vintage disco-era toys (think the Fisher Price grand piano and that weird telephone they used to make), and a sparkle station will be established to make any face and outfit extra dazzling. A chillout area will also be set up for those who need to give their disco shoes a break.

      Food and beverages can be bought from any of the many nearby businesses, and—most importantly—the whole thing is free.

      Alley Oop is in the back alley between Pender, Hastings, Granville, and Seymour streets on Saturday (July 29) from 1 p.m. to 7 p.m.

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