Outdoor disco on wheels for dancing and skating: Revolution in New York’s Central Park this summer

Model of DiscOasis, Central Park, NYC.

Photo: Constellation Immersive & David / Courtesy

The “immersive, musical and theatrical nightclub experience” will open June 16 at the park’s Wollman Rink, where it will remain until October 1, according to a press release. Created by “experience-based” production studio Constellation Immersive in association with the Los Angeles Media Fund and event promoter Live Nation, the counties newest dance on wheels venue will offer not only a place to skate but also “ theatrical performances” as well as live performances. DJs, artists and special guests.

Central Park’s new DiscOasis, with general admission tickets ranging from $16 to $65.

Grammy Award-winning Rock and Roll Hall of Fame hitmaker Nile Rodgers and co-founder of the group Chic (of “Le Freak” fame) will serve as the official “Groovemaster” of DiscOasis.

“I guess someone said, ‘Nile is a skater.’ And the producers called me right away. I said, ‘Oh man, I’d love to program the music,’ Rodgers, 69, told Gothamist. “I try to explain it to people, even when I skate now, and most of the time now I skate alone, but you feel so free. It’s almost like people skydiving or something, you feel like you’re flying.”

Wollman Rink’s “oasis within an oasis” will also feature a “shimmering skating rink fantasy as its centerpiece,” designed by Tony Award-nominated David Korins and lighting design by award-winning David Weiner, according to the release. . There will also be food and beverage service, although the menu has not yet been released.

While this will be DiscOasis’ virgin run in New York, it previously enjoyed a sold-out run in 2021 at a Los Angeles botanical garden.

Another famous wintry track in New York, Rockefeller Center, also adapted from this year for roller skating, what hadn’t been there since 82 years ago, in 1940. Coincidence or not, also the iconic TWA hotel located at New York’s JFK airport opened an outdoor roller skating rink in April.

Wollman Rink opened in 1950. The rink was closed for renovations in the late 1980s that lasted until November 1986. The Trump Organization then operated the rink under contract with the New York City government until 1995 and again from 2001 to 2021 , when the deadly assault on Capitol motivated local authorities to remove the name of the controversial Donald Trump from several works in NYC.

In the interim, by the end of 2019, the name “Trump” had been shortened to a letter “T” by the company itself at its two Central Park skating rinks.