Disco vs Cancer: Disco Rocks is a night out with a difference.


See this girl in the picture with me? She won’t say it herself but Emma Kirk is one of Sheffield’s biggest DJs. Steel City partygoers have danced to her tunes for years and I personally admire her massively. The skills, the energy, the cheeky smile; she’s got it all, and this evening she’s proving what a big heart she has too.

Tonight years of studies and events management will culminate in a massive night out as Emma presents Disco Rocks at DQ’s BearPit in Sheffield. As part of her final year project at university she has gathered some of Steel City’s very finest DJs in one room for one evening – and on top of that all proceedings taken will go to Cavendish Cancer Care, providing free support to those struggling with this terrible illness.

The inspiration for the event comes from music legend Nile Rodgers. (You may have seen him on The Brits, hanging out with Pharrell, or in Daft Punk’s video Get Lucky, but there’s much more to him than that.)


Emma explains:

“Nile has the most amazing story and is responsible for some of the biggest songs of our time. From his 70’s group Chic to Madonna, David Bowie, Diana Ross, Duran Duran and Daft Punk, you name it; he has worked with everyone. And provided so many number 1 hits.”

But he’s had it tough, too.

“Nile Rodgers has also been battling with cancer over the past five years and had he been the average man about Sheffield he would have enlisted the services of Cavendish.”

Emma could hardly have picked a more noble cause.

Cavendish Cancer Care is a local Sheffield charity dedicated to improving the quality of life for people living with cancer in South Yorkshire and North Derbyshire. They believe that no one should face cancer alone and so they provide emotional support through counselling and therapy. All their services are free of charge and they rely completely on donations and volunteers.

A good enough reason to go on a night out, I think.

I hope to see you there!

Disco Rocks DJs include Arnivore (Cool Beans), Jimmy the Gent (Clothes Line), Mr Stu (Clothes Line), Clipboard (Threads) and Emily May (PFTP). More info here.

Emma Kirk has been putting on, running and DJ:ing countless events for years but decided that she wanted a degree to go with all of her experience. Today she’s a Events Management student at Sheffield Hallam University and as part of her final year project she is putting on a charity event with a spin; a massive night out at DQ’s Bearpit, raising money for Cavendish Cancer Care.


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