When I was invited to like the page Eat The Disco on Facebook, I was instantly intrigued. There was glitter, disco balls and the mention of cocktails and I was here for it!
Eat The Disco is the brainchild of Lianne Shae and Melanie Heaney. Two badass babes who just love a bit of glitter!
Mel said: “The event came about after a conversation over dinner. The Exchange wanted to launch their new brunch menu and Lianne and I wanted to help promote it and add makers markets to create more of an event. So, Eat The Disco was born.
“We reached out to local artists and makers and some contacted us too. We only had 3 weeks to pull it all together so we did quite a lot in a short space of time but well worth it after.
“It went really well and we’re excited to start planning the next one!”
Lianne added: “We think this sort of thing happens a lot in other cities like Manchester, Birmingham and London. Why not here as well?
“It’s a good chance for the people to come together in the city and celebrate all the work being done in the area.”
The event made its debut at The Exchange on Saturday 31 March, and is expected to return monthly.
Upstairs hosted the Bottomless Brunch event, complete with DJ set. You could order from their delicious brunch menu serving up anything your heart desired, from steak and egg, to smashed avo on toast. On top of this, you had the option to pay £20 for unlimited cocktails for 90 minutes. Bellini’s and mimosas all round!
Downstairs was where the magic really happened, though. The basement is usually filled with young gig-goers and indie bands sloshing pints, but it had been transformed into a stunning, glittery makers market for local businesses from 10am-5pm.
There were around 15 stalls set out each offering something beautiful, individual and (my favourite) independent.
First things first: glitter up. I got my face bejazzled at the free (yes, free!!) glitter stand which was giving everyone major festival vibes. Is it acceptable to wear glitter as highlighter all-day-every-day because that is a look I would totally be down for.
All of the businesses were so diverse. I’d never even heard of most of them despite them being from around the city, so it was great to discover them! Homemade sauces from Bailey’s Catering alongside vinyl retailers WAX4YOU and My Vinyl Record Box next to The Biscuit Bunch’s handcrafted biscuits and wellness products from Niyama Wellness. It really was a mixed bag of funky products!
Let me tell you about a few of my favourites.
I adore cacti and have a small army growing in my bedroom, and for some reason I can never keep a succulent alive. I headed over to Pretty Pricks, who sell cacti, succulents and aloe vera for some advice. Melanie was happy to help! Also had mega outfit envy of her cactus jumpsuit – need one for Tramlines festival!
Emily Walker designs and makes the most beautiful wall hangings and macramé art! I’ve been dying to get a piece for the office but often find online they’re a bit pricey! Em’s made-to-order hoops are only £15 so that’s mega affordable, particularly when there’s a bit of a misconception that small businesses are expensive. I love them so much that I’m ordering a bespoke piece for my office and I can’t wait to show it off.
I’m a sucker for anything that will look amazing in blog photos. That was basically everything from Castle In The Stars Co. stand. The most Instagrammable illustrated homeware and gifts came in the form of cute illustrated cards, t-shirts, prints – Leanne even commissions illustrated pet portraits!
Other makers, bakers and candlestick makers included: Aura bespoke jewellery. Photography from Sal GigJunkie and Kapture Photography. Yummy cakes and spiced nuts by Scrumbles. Famous When Dead art, prints and stationary and finally, Varnish and Sprigs up-cycling florists.
Eat The Disco’s first event was a major success and I can’t wait for the next one.