Blue Light Disco Review
WORDS: Tom Williams (Youth Editorial Group)
Cardiff’s first Blue Light Disco hit town on Halloween, which is an event aimed at young people aged 11-16.?
Allowing enjoyment on a monthly basis in a safe environment, South Wales Police have been holding Blue Light Discos since the early eighties, but the first ever event was held in 1976 at Mooroolbark Community Centre in Melbourne, Australia.?
Already up and running elsewhere in south Wales, the Neath And Port Talbot‘s BLD average turnout is around 400/500 young people per month, whilst the Swansea Basic Command Unit attendance is often up to 1200 children per month.
Cardiff’s first BLD was a fine attempt, apart from lacking in numbers. The venue was Llanishen Leisure Centre's main hall, which would have been great filled. The?Halloween?banners and decorations created a good atmosphere, and the music was all good for the majority of the time. The only thing missing was the people; just over 60 came through the doors. The reason? It's new and unheard of in this area. The only change that needs implementing is further publicising.?
Once this event gets established, it will be as successful as it is in other locations, maybe one day attracting the 400 and 500 seen in Neath And Port Talbot. Maybe the event could be extended so it goes on until 10pm, so that 'street cred' for the older attendees is better.?
So, if you are between 11 and 16, why don’t you give the next one a go? Cardiff’s Blue Light Disco has the potential to be as good as, if not better than, any that has gone before it.
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