Partying


“Nightclubbing, nightclubbing, We’re an ice machine, We see people, brand new people, They’re something to see, We’re nightclubbing, Bright-white clubbing, Oh isn’t it wild…” Grace Jones, ‘Nightclubbing’

The 1980s have been remembered as one big party. And it’s true there were a lot of them.
As the decade progressed music fans began deserting live venues for the more sophisticated pleasures of dance parties and nightclubs. By 1988 Sydney was buzzing with huge parties, sometimes fuelled by ‘designer drugs’ such as ecstasy. And the biggest and most glamorous of them all was the annual Mardi Gras party, a celebration of gay pride, outrageous costumes, and an opportunity for everyone to have a good time.

'Grace Jones at A Ratty New Year RAT Party, Sydney, 1988. Photo: Jac Vidgen. Collection: Powerhouse Museum, Sydney.

'‘Sign of the times’ Sweatbox dance party, 1989. Photo: William Yang.

Grace Jones at A Ratty New Year RAT Party, Sydney, 1988. Photo: Jac Vidgen. Collection: Powerhouse Museum, Sydney.
‘Sign of the times’ Sweatbox dance party, 1989. Photo: William Yang.


A SELECTION OF OBJECTS ON DISPLAY IN THE EXHIBITION

Overalls painted by Billy Yip and worn bOutfit worn by Jac Vidgen at RAT party.Outfit worn by Jac Vidgen and Akira IsogNightclub membership badges2009/63/1-1/4 Advertising card, opening