Words: Giulia Bottaro

Anna Molly, the mysterious girl behind Milan’s best disco parties, returned to the Northern Italian city this weekend with another Disco Inferno night at Tempio del Futuro Perduto, or “The Temple of the Lost Future.” While no one knows Anna Molly’s real identity—she hides behind her Incubus alias—her mission as always is bringing Studio 54 vibes to disco-starved Italy, and most importantly, throwing a party to remember.

We entered through a bare garden nested between terracotta walls, which was minimally decorated with only a few pallets for sitting on, and coloured flags that were loosely draped across the trees. It’s October and not that warm, but the being outside made it feel like a festival—though that might have been the portable toilets.

Better yet, we were at a disco festival. Or at least a feast. And as we walked onto the dancefloor, we were greeted with an exquisitely decorated stage. It’s full-on ‘70s, with pink lights shimmering over a vibrant green forest of tropical plants, under which sat a big glittery silver sign that reads Anna Molly.

The lineup presented acts from all over the world, with residents Anna Molly Soundsystem—the collective that has been with her since the very beginning—opening the night. Australia's Francis Inferno Orchestra followed with classics disco underpinned with tracks like Will To Power’s “Say It’s Gonna Rain (Acid Rain Dub),” moving on to tribal, raw sounds as Dekmantel child Cinnaman closed things out.

It was a solid six hours of pure disco celebration, from the vintage vocals of Fun Fun’s “Color My Love” to futuristic “Utopia Me Giorgio” by Giorgio Moroder. The crowd danced under mirror balls until the early hours of the morning, cheering to timeless tunes by Mr Monday and Nice & Wild.

The music lived up fully to the venue’s prophetic name, reviving a long since past atmosphere that first had its heyday some forty years ago. But thanks in part to parties like Dekmantel and its Croatian offshoot, Selectors, disco has enjoyed a massive resurgence across the UK and parts of Europe in recent years. Though not so much in Italy, the country that gave birth to Italo disco and the aforementioned Moroder, who’s considered to be one of the greatest disco producers of all time.

But these days Italians seem to prefer the styles of techno and tech house made popular in clubs like Cocorico and Ibiza’s Amnesia, something Anna Molly hopes to change with her dreams of Studio 54.

“[I want to bring back] that part of happiness and colour that belongs to disco, and is a little far from what our generation’s youth considers fun,” she says. She nailed it, returning the joyful mood that’s been rapidly disappearing from Italy’s dance floors in recent years.

Photo by Davide Manea