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Disco balls banned by draconian new law in New South Wales

Disco balls banned by draconian new law in New South Wales

It's the latest development in the state's concerning night-time laws...


A Draconian law in New South Wales, Australia has stopped a Sydney Bar from having a disco ball.

The latest in a series of concerning rulings for the night-time economy in the state has seen Japanese-themed bar Goros banned for spinning the nightclub staple.

The ruling stems from a New South Wales investigation into the state's night-time economy, which suggested that's a disco ball could be seen in some quarters as sign a venue - in this instance Goros - "could be acting as a nightclub".

The report claimed that “the installation of a mirror ball implies an intent to provide for a dance floor. Police would have concern that the installation of a mirror ball in a premise that has not been approved for a dance floor could mean that the premises is being used for purposes not allowed.”

Justine Baker, CEO of Sydney bar group Solotel, who own Goros, said, "It’s a small bar with great music and there’s lot of quirky Japanese games and karaoke rooms. It’s a very different model to a nightclub. But if we put a mirror ball on the ceiling and people danced underneath, it starts to operate like a nightclub. It’s just crazy, you can’t regulate people wanting to have fun, so we don’t have a mirror ball or a dance floor and people just end up dancing where they want.”

Last month, Glitterbox kickstarted a petition to encourage the creation of a disco ball emoji.

A 100-foot disco ball featured at Burning Man 2018.

Back in December, we asked: is it time for a total ban on phones on the dancefloor?