Guru Dudu's Silent Disco Walking Tours

I’d been enjoying the Edinburgh Fringe for about two weeks, and had occasionally spotted these large groups wearing headphones being led around the city by a very colourful character, dancing in unison, occasionally blurting out song lyrics. By word of mouth, I learned that these were the Guru Dudu Silent Disco Walking Tours, and I knew I had to give it a try.

Like being a child again!

There are several versions of this experience and you can select which one by going to the Guru Dudu website. There’s a standard version which takes you through all eras of music; an 80s version; a 90s version; an ABBA version and a musical theatre version. I lucked out with the 70s version which had us grooving to the best of disco and beyond.

We were handed individual wireless headphones with adjustable volume control and began with a very light warm up of disco-themed stretches. Guru Dudu’s voice comes over the music via his microphone so he can improvise around any questions or alterations. We were then led through the streets with friendly encouragements to copy the Guru’s dance moves, which anyone can do as energetically or gently as they like. He’s brightly coloured so you’d have a hard time losing sight of him! And we were accompanied by two assistants who herded us and made sure everything was safe.

With the music bouncing in my ears, it was easy for the outside world to feel far away. And being surrounded by about 30 other grinning, dancing people all in sync, it provided such a feeling of security that all inhibitions were lost, and we all felt free to look incredibly silly and have a huge amount of fun. It was like being a child again! Not a care in the world.

I had wondered whether this tour would include any information about the landmarks we passed, but it’s not that kind of tour. It’s pure silliness with guided dance moves and games. It is, however, a great way to see some parts of the city you wouldn’t have thought to visit, and it all provided a fun backdrop. Looking around at my group, I don’t think a single member was having a bad time. Not even the 14-year-old boy, who got stuck in with all the rest of us.

A particular highlight was splitting the group in two, sending one half up some stone stairs to a roadside ‘balcony’ and singing down to the other half in a Bohemian Rhapsody battle.

I recommend you dress light for this one as you’ll get quite hot doing all that dancing. At the end, you are returned to the original starting point, but if you need to leave early, you can give your headset to an assistant and be on your way.

This was an absolutely brilliant experience and I highly recommend you give it a go for something completely different.

Visit Show Website

Reviews by Jasmine Arden-Brown

Meeting point at Appleton Tower, Crichton St

Guru Dudu's Silent Disco Walking Tours

★★★★
Laughing Horse @ The Counting House

James Cook: Anonymously Viral

★★★★★
Pleasance at EICC

TONY! [The Tony Blair Rock Opera]

★★★★★
Gilded Balloon Patter Hoose

A Good Panto Die Hard

★★★★
Pleasance Courtyard

The Importance of Being... Earnest?

★★★
Pleasance Courtyard

The Birth of Frankenstein

★★★

Since you’re here…

… we have a small favour to ask. We don't want your money to support a hack's bar bill at Abattoir, but if you have a pound or two spare, we really encourage you to support a good cause. If this review has either helped you discover a gem or avoid a turkey, consider doing some good that will really make a difference.

You can donate to the charity of your choice, but if you're looking for inspiration, there are three charities we really like.

Mama Biashara
Kate Copstick’s charity, Mama Biashara, works with the poorest and most marginalised people in Kenya. They give grants to set up small, sustainable businesses that bring financial independence and security. That five quid you spend on a large glass of House White? They can save someone’s life with that. And the money for a pair of Air Jordans? Will take four women and their fifteen children away from a man who is raping them and into a new life with a moneymaking business for Mum and happiness for the kids.
Donate to Mama Biashara now

Theatre MAD
The Make A Difference Trust fights HIV & AIDS one stage at a time. Their UK and International grant-making strategy is based on five criteria that raise awareness, educate, and provide care and support for the most vulnerable in society. A host of fundraising events, including Bucket Collections, Late Night Cabarets, West End Eurovision, West End Bares and A West End Christmas continue to raise funds for projects both in the UK and Sub-Saharan Africa.
Donate to Theatre MAD now

Acting For Others
Acting for Others provides financial and emotional support to all theatre workers in times of need through the 14 member charities. During the COVID-19 crisis Acting for Others have raised over £1.7m to support theatre workers affected by the pandemic.
Donate to Acting For Others now

Performances

Location

The Blurb

Guru Dudu and the team returns to Edinburgh with our hilarious and engaging tours. Special themes (Queen, Abba, 80s, 90s) listed at www.gurududu.org/fringe for information. Daily tours of spontaneous flash mobs through the streets, interpretative dance around local landmarks, group singing and lots of fun interaction with onlookers. Everyone wears headphones (supplied) and can hear the hilarious commentary and dance-mix of uplifting favourites from the 70s, 80s, 90s and 00s. Accessible for all ages and ability. Come prepared if raining. Warning: cheeks may hurt from smiling!

Most Popular See More

The Phantom of the Opera

From £30.00

More Info

Find Tickets

Matilda the Musical

From £24.00

More Info

Find Tickets

Back to the Future - The Musical

From £24.00

More Info

Find Tickets

The Lion King

From £46.00

More Info

Find Tickets

Moulin Rouge! The Musical

From £30.00

More Info

Find Tickets

Mamma Mia!

From £15.00

More Info

Find Tickets