Disco Shed is vying for first place in TV contest

Aidan Larkin outside the Disco Shed

Aidan Larkin outside the Disco Shed

First published in News Oxford Mail: Photograph of the Author by , Music Editor. Please contact me on 01865 425494 and follow me on Twitter: @OxMailTimHughes

WE use them for storing tools or the lawnmower, but a pair of Oxford music-lovers have come upon a far more inventive use for their garden shed – turning it into a mobile disco.

Starting life as a convenient place to play records during parties in an East Oxford garden, the Disco Shed has become a popular fixture at music festivals around the country with owners Paddy Bickerton and Aidan Larkin spinning tunes through an open window.

Now the wooden shack – which has graced fields from the Isle of Wight to Scotland, and the county’s Truck and Cornbury festivals – has become a finalist in the Shed of the Year competition and is set to be featured on television.

The contest aims to find the country’s wackiest sheds, with more than 20,000 members of the public voting for a shortlist of the nation’s hottest huts.

The Disco Shed, equipped with turntables, lights, a smoke machine, giant rooftop visuals, disco ball and a record sleeve-lined roof, is among 10 contenders to have been chosen from 2,000 entries.

It will now be judged against other imaginative structures in a bid to be declared winner.

The shed will feature in a three-part TV series called Amazing Spaces: Shed of the Year, presented by George Clarke, on Channel 4 starting next Thursday.

The winner will be chosen by a panel of shed experts including Andrew Wilcox from South Wales, who set up the competition to celebrate the best of British sheds.

Oxford Mail:

The interior of the refurbished Disco Shed

If successful, the two DJs will win £1,000, a commemorative plaque, £100 in products by contest sponsor Cuprinol, and a giant crown for their shed.

Mr Larkin, 35, from Cowley Road, Oxford, is currently DJing in the shed at Latitude festival in Suffolk. He said: “The original disco shed stood in the garden of my old house. I discovered it when I moved in and it seemed the perfect place to play some tunes. We set up speakers on the roof, opened the window, put a pair of turntables on the counter and had a party.

“It caught on so well that people would turn up at midnight with bags of booze even if we weren’t having a party. So we decided to take it on the road.”

With Mr Bickerton – who DJs under the name Peepshow Paddy – the pair had a replica shed made up which could be transported.

The Disco Shed is up against competition in the ‘normal’ shed category from garden structures converted into a diner, a wartime Blitz museum, an outhouse inspired by the Titanic, and a mini vintage fairground.

Do you want alerts delivered straight to your phone via our WhatsApp service? Text NEWS, SPORT and JAYDEN depending on what services you want, and your full name to 07767 417704. Save our number into your phone as Oxford Mail WhatsApp and ensure you have WhatsApp installed.

Our top stories

Mum says Oxford Health let down son who escaped mental hospital

Oxford Mail: Ian McLean

9:00am Friday 30th January 2015

THE family of man who escaped a mental hospital, fled abroad then hanged himself in a prison cell have said he was let down by Oxford Health.

UPDATE: Further warning of ice and snow for end of weekend in Oxfordshire

Oxford Mail: Ice warning for Sussex after more snow falls

12:06pm Thursday 29th January 2015

SNOW has been forecast for Oxfordshire on Sunday and Monday and a yellow weather warning is still in place for today.

Car gone off road on A420 near Botley interchange

Oxford Mail: a420 alert

9:10am Friday 30th January 2015

A car has left the road and another was damaged in an incident on the A420 near the Botley interchange.

Electricity substation for sale, asking price might shock you

Oxford Mail:

8:30am Friday 30th January 2015

WHOEVER snaps up this former Second World War sub-station is set for a blast of a time.

Operation Bullfinch child trafficking suspect rebailed

Oxford Mail: Scales of Justice

8:00am Friday 30th January 2015

A man arrested as part of Operation Bullfinch on suspicion of child sexual exploitation in Oxford has been rebailed.

Headteachers say 2014 results have been made meaningless

Oxford Mail:

8:00am Friday 30th January 2015

HEADTEACHERS have hit out at Government changes that they say have made this year’s league tables meaningless.

Comments (1)

Please log in to enable comment sorting

12:31pm Fri 18 Jul 14

King Joke says...

Top bloke Aidan - he brought the Skatalites to Oxford.
Top bloke Aidan - he brought the Skatalites to Oxford. King Joke
  • Score: 2

Comments are closed on this article.

Send us your news, pictures and videos

Most read stories

Local Info

Enter your postcode, town or place name

About cookies

We want you to enjoy your visit to our website. That's why we use cookies to enhance your experience. By staying on our website you agree to our use of cookies. Find out more about the cookies we use.

I agree