Queensland Blue Light Celebrates 40 Years of Youth Engagement

Queensland Blue Light, a not-for-profit organisation working in partnership with the Queensland Police Service (QPS), is marking its 40th anniversary this year. The organisation, known for its youth-focused programs and activities, has been a staple in Queensland communities since 1984.

To commemorate this milestone, Queensland Blue Light is hosting a “Back to the 80s” event on Saturday, July 20, at The Tivoli in Fortitude Valley. Early bird tickets are currently available through Try Booking.

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The Queensland Blue Light Story

The organisation’s journey began on July 26, 1984, at the Albert Waterways Community Hall on the Gold Coast. The inaugural Blue Light disco, attended by 219 young people, was conceived as a way for police to positively engage with youth in a safe environment. The concept quickly gained popularity, reaching its peak in the 1990s with an impressive 2.3 million young participants.

As social media began to change youth socialisation patterns in the new millennium, Queensland Blue Light adapted its approach. While discos declined in popularity, the organisation introduced new activities such as movie nights, laser tag, skating, sports, and family events to maintain its connection with young people.

The Blue Light Programs

Today, Queensland Blue Light operates 40 branches throughout the state, each run by a Police Coordinator and community volunteers. The organisation has expanded its offerings to include several targeted programs:

  1. Blue EDGE (Educate, Develop, Grow & Empower): Launched in 2016, this early intervention program for 12 to 17-year-olds aims to build positive relationships between at-risk youth and police through physical activity and motivational sessions.
  2. Blue Light Shearing: Initiated by Officer Laurie Bateman, a world record holder in sheep shearing, this program teaches shearing skills to young people as a means of preventing offending behaviour and providing future employment opportunities.
  3. ELEVATE (Everyone Lift to End Violence and Target Education): A primary prevention program that educates students from Year 5 through Year 12 about domestic and family violence, promoting respectful relationships.

These programs, delivered in collaboration with QPS volunteers, reflect Queensland Blue Light’s ongoing commitment to positively impacting young lives across the state.

As Queensland Blue Light celebrates four decades of service, it continues to exemplify the diverse and community-oriented nature of careers within the Queensland Police Service. The organisation’s enduring success highlights the potential for law enforcement to play a constructive role in youth development and community building.

Published 20-June-2024

Get Ready Brisbane! Iconic British Bands Landing at The Tivoli in March

Brisbane is in for an invasion of legendary proportions this March, as three highly influential British bands are set to grace the stage at The Tivoli. 

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From post-punk pioneers to trip-hop trailblazers, Fortitude Valley’s iconic live music venue has curated an eclectic lineup of British bands that have each left an indelible mark on music history.

March 9: From The Jam

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Kicking things off is From The Jam, an offshoot act formed by The Jam’s bassist Bruce Foxton. Along with vocalist and guitarist Russell Hastings, the group will perform a “final tour” of The Jam’s greatest hits, including classics like “Town Called Malice,” “Going Underground,” and “That’s Entertainment.” Fans can expect a passionate, high-energy set as the band closes this Australian chapter.

March 15: Morcheeba

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Electronic band Morcheeba makes their long-awaited return to Australian shores. Skye Edwards’ smoky vocals paired with Ross Godfrey’s chilled-out beats have made Morcheeba a dinner-party staple since the 1990s. Their distinct trip-hop sound fuses influences like jazz, funk and R&B into something effortlessly cool. Local songstress Ruby Jackson will open the show with her neo-soul stylings.

March 20 The Damned

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Closing out the month is a punk rock dream team, as The Damned reconvene their “classic lineup” from the late 70s. With original members Dave Vanian, Captain Sensible, Rat Scabies and Paul Gray, the godfathers of goth-tinged punk will unleash fan favourites from albums like Machine Gun Etiquette. After 35 years apart, their Australian fans are in for an historic, hell-raising performance.

So whether your taste runs to anthemic post-punk, hazy electronica or hardcore punk, The Tivoli has an iconic UK act to satiate your musical cravings. Don’t miss out on these once-in-a-lifetime shows in the Valley.

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Published 27-February-2024 

Get Ready to Sing Along! Club Broadway Comes to The Tivoli this January

Get ready Brisbane, because the musical theatre extravaganza Club Broadway is strutting its way to The Tivoli in Fortitude Valley this January! 

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Known for its razzle-dazzle tributes to the greatest showtunes of all time, Club Broadway will transform the stage into a fabulous musical paradise.

Expect hits from Hamilton, Sondheim classics, popular contemporary shows like Six and Muriel’s Wedding, Disney animated features, epic Les Mis, acclaimed works like Chicago and Rent, vintage faves Cabaret and Little Shop of Horrors, and more fan favourites new and old.

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Local drag superstars will also join the production, serving face, grace and plenty of musical theatre realness.

It’s the perfect girls’ night out or date night full of all the drama, camp and excitement of Broadway and the West End. Close your eyes and you might think you’re front row at the Great White Way!

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Also for the first time in Brisbane, there will be a dedicated all-ages area on the balcony where younger guests can enjoy the show.  Those with an All Ages ticket will have access to an unlicensed (no alcohol), limited-capacity area on the mezzanine balcony, whilst 18+ ticket holders can enjoy the main floor’s full bar service and excitement.

Brought to you by DJ Dan Murphy, Harry K, and Showtime Management, Club Broadway takes over The Tivoli in Fortitude Valley for a spectacular one-night-only performance on 12 January 2024.

DJ Dan Murphy (Photo credit: Club Broadway/Facebook)

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Gather your fabulously festive friends and get set for a glitzy, song-filled celebration — Club Broadway is bringing the best of musical magic to The Tivoli in the Valley for one gorgeous night. Don’t miss the musical event of the season!

To buy your tickets, visit https://thetivoli.com.au/events/club-broadway.

Published 1-January-2024 

Tribute Band Revives Rock Legends at The Tivoli

The Tivoli is set to experience a blast from the past as the UK’s premier tribute band, “The Doors Alive,” brings the iconic sounds of the 1960s rock legends, The Doors, to life.

Known for their uncanny resemblance in sound and style to the original band, The Doors Alive has been capturing the essence of the psychedelic era with their electrifying performances.

Scheduled for 30 November 2023, this much-anticipated event promises to transport audiences back to the golden age of rock. Doors to the Fortitude Valley venue will open at 7:30 p.m. for a night of nostalgia, featuring a range of general admission options, from standing to seated arrangements in the mezzanine. Fans are eager to secure their spots, with ticket prices starting from $70.

The Doors Reborn

Formed in 2005, The Doors Alive has undergone several changes in its lineup, but the current ensemble is touted as their best yet. The band has over 1,000 shows under their belt, showcasing their ability to perfectly recreate the sound, look, and atmosphere of a genuine 1960s Doors concert. Classic hits like “Light My Fire,” “Riders On The Storm,” and “The End” are all part of their impressive repertoire.

Their frontman, Mike, is celebrated for embodying Jim Morrison’s rich baritone voice and charismatic stage presence. The rest of the band, too, mirrors the musical prowess of the original Doors members. Their global tours have taken them to over 15 countries, sharing stages with legendary artists and playing at renowned festivals, including the Isle of Wight Festival.

What sets The Doors Alive apart is their dedication to authenticity. They use the same vintage instruments as the original Doors, creating a sound that not only resonates with die-hard fans but also introduces new generations to the legendary music of The Doors.

A Night to Remember

For fans in Fortitude Valley and beyond, this concert is more than just a performance; it’s an experience, a chance to relive the magic of The Doors. It’s an invitation to step into a musical time capsule and celebrate the enduring legacy of one of the most influential bands of the 20th century.

Published 24-Nov-2023