Stay Gold’s beloved Social Disco is saying goodbye after five years

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Stay Gold’s beloved Social Disco is saying goodbye after five years

Social Disco
Words by Staff Writer

After five years, Social Disco is saying goodbye to its current format as a regular late night dance party held at Stay Gold on Sydney Road.

Created for a guaranteed boogie in the Northside, Social Disco has always intended to be a friendly space to party in Brunswick. Music wise you can expect plenty of funk, soul and disco, but there is also a mix of house, hip hop and classic guilty pleasures to keep your limbs moving late into the night.

Over the years it has grown a loyal, sparkly following of regulars, usually drawn in by their love of a good boogie, but enticed to come back by the friendly vibe of the dance floor. A “shiny” dress code is encouraged and some people go to town with it.

Social Disco

  • Saturday 14 October and Friday 17 November Stay Gold, Sydney Road, Brunswick
  • Full disability access
  • Dress code: Shiny
  • Doors: 11pm
  • Tickets: $10 presales, $15 on the door if available
  • 100% of profits from the 14 October Social Disco will go to Pay the Rent
  • Tickets here

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The party starts late because it begins once the room is clear from the gig before it, but the changeover from death metal bands to a disco night has become iconic! You couldn’t write it, the two crowds are visually worlds apart, but it’s such a friendly crossover and usually a good handful of metalheads stick around for the disco.

As well as creating an inclusive and safe environment for punters, the agenda was to create a welcoming training ground for new and not so well known DJs. The crowds have always been so supportive of this and encouraging of new DJs.

Bec Bartlett and Emma Fredick run the parties together. Bec pulls together the music and Emma makes sure everything is going well on the dancefloor.

“I have an affinity for Brunswick, with all the good stuff people do around here I wanted to offer up something to contribute. Back around 2019 I always thought there was a gap in choices to go out for a late night dance. It felt like you had to go to Fitzroy or the city if you wanted a good boogie after a gig. So I figured I’d just make it happen. I sketched up the concept for Social Disco, Emma got on board with the idea and I had the luck of Stay Gold being about to launch. I pitched the idea to their booker and they took a chance on us. It was perfect timing really, a new party in a new venue.” – Bec Bartlett

“I have met hundreds of lovely people on the Social Disco dance floor over the years whilst giving out a little bit of handmade sparkle for peoples outfits (if you’re a Social Disco regular you’ll know about these badges).” – Emma Frederick

This won’t be the last you see of the Social Disco brand, but it will be the end of its current regular format. Keep a lookout in the future for spin off parties! But if you haven’t been to one of the original Social Discos yet, there will be two more chances at Stay Gold – Saturday 14 October and Friday 17 November.

All profits from the Oct 14 event will go to Pay the Rent. Grab tickets here.