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Blue light disco

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Blue Light Disco is a term used for an underage dance event or disco that is run by police.

The first Blue Light event was held at the Kilsyth Memorial Hall, Victoria, Australia in the outer eastern suburbs of Melbourne in 1976. Originally created to provide teenagers with something to do and to keep them off the streets on a Friday or Saturday night. They aim to provide young people with entertainment and activities in an environment free from drugs, alcohol, violence and bullying.

In the 1970's, 1980's and 1990's it was not unusual for attendance at a Blue Light event to hit 1,000 patrons. Events in the earlier years were well attended by celebrities and entertainers as a draw card.

In Australia Blue Light Disco's have become a National icon with many people having fond memories of their own times attending a Blue Light Disco. So much so that the events are often mentioned in articles, interviews and movies.

Blue Light Disco's are synonymous with over the top 80's fashion including permed and crimped hair styles, fluorescent clothing and bright gaudy makeup. Depicted well in one of Kath & Kim's episodes and even referred to in a review of New York Fashion Week by the Sydney Morning Herald.[1] Regular attendees at the Blue Light Disco's were members of the Young Talent Time team, Neighbours, the Big M girls, VFL and AFL football stars and various Australian Performing Artists.

Blue Light Discos were not without their dramas, in December, 2017, Guy Pearce and Kylie Minogue recall the time they witnessed a stabbing during a Blue Light Disco promo appearance with the Neighbours cast in the 80s[2]

Blue Light Discos soon became very popular and spread to all other states within Australia including the launch of Western Australia in 1985 depicted here[3]  As well as Australia the events spread to New Zealand, Fiji, Scotland and Wales. It is also famed that the iconic chant to the song Am I Ever Gonna See Your Face Again by The Angels originated at a Blue Light Disco.[4]

The Blue Light Disco is still in operation although its popularity has diminished from the 1970s and 80's when they were at their peak for attendances.


  1. Brown, Annie (2017-09-11). "From scrunchies to cowboy boots - the accessories spotted at New York Fashion Week so far". The Sydney Morning Herald. Retrieved 2020-02-07.
  2. Michael, Alex (2017-12-13). "Guy Pearce & Kylie Minogue recall stabbing at Blue Light disco in 80s". Mail Online. Retrieved 2020-02-07.
  3. 1985 - Bluelight Disco Launch, retrieved 2020-02-07
  4. "The Search Is On To Find Who Came Up With The Angels Famous Chant - News". 2016-12-29. Retrieved 2020-02-07.

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