Scene Magazine celebrates 20 years on the streets in 2013. Each week this year, in this column, we're looking back at what we, and you, were doing.
1994: While The Site (see last week’s column) was setting a frantic pace, the (underground) dance scene was burgeoning. Directly opposite (yep 15 metres), The Roxy (Arena today) presented a vast fare of raves, sometimes with head-to-head dates and nearly always with controversy including whether acts would appear: Boy George - he did; Sasha was billed at both venues! The real one, (God is a DJ) appeared at The Site, while the ‘ring-in’ appeared at The Roxy.
Dome Dance Bar opened in Park Road Milton boasting open-air roof (later The Toucan Club) with resident DJ the late and much-loved Stuart Dufty, while the Gold Coast’s unique dance scene was spearheaded by Tunnel which presented club raves such as Arctic.
Australia’s longest-running dance club, The Beat (still going today and still 7-nights-a-week), was nigh on the height of its powers feat. Angus (RIP), Kesson, Edwin, JenE, MC Control and Angie.
Thief’s driving hardcore series, Roundabout became a regular fixture at venues in the CBD, The Dome and The Roxy.
Rave gear was available at Chi Chi Deluxe (who were also running The Chi Chi Dancers), Hyaena, Blonde Venus and The Mask, while made-to-measure iridescent lycra! and PVC were on order at Young Designers’ Showroom (YDS), the first retail outing for respected Brisbane fashion identity, Natalie Denning, whose present stable includes Bessie Head (Wintergarden), Dirtbox and Fallow.