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ACDC Lane

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Type  Street
North end  Flinders Lane
Major cities  Melbourne
Opened  2004
South end  Duckboard Place
ACDC Lane

ACDC Lane is a laneway in the central business district of Melbourne. A short and narrow street running off Flinders Lane, it flows roughly north-south in between Exhibition Street and Russell Street. The lane is named as a tribute to the famous Australian rock and roll band AC/DC.

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Map of Acdc Ln, Melbourne VIC 3000, Australia

ACDC Lane is perhaps most famous for housing the Cherry Bar, a famous rock music bar and nightclub.

History

The street was formerly named Corporation Lane. As a tribute to Australian rock band AC/DC the lane was officially renamed on 1 October 2004. The renaming was permitted by a unanimous vote of the Melbourne City Council.

Melbourne's Lord Mayor John So launched ACDC Lane with the words, "As the song says, there is a highway to hell, but this is a laneway to heaven. Let us rock." Bagpipers then played "It's a Long Way to the Top (If You Wanna Rock 'n' Roll)."

The trademark lightning bolt or slash ("/") used to separate the 'AC' and 'DC' in the band's name contravened the naming policy of the Office of the Registrar of Geographic Names, so the punctuation was omitted on the street sign. One month after the renaming a lightning bolt was erected above and below the street sign by an artist named Knifeyard. The lightning bolt was removed at a later date.

Toponymy

Corporation Lane (the generic name assigned to otherwise unnamed lanes in Melbourne) was renamed in part because of band AC/DC's ties to Melbourne, their status as cultural ambassadors for Australia, and the lane's position in the city's bar and rock district. AC/DC famously filmed their music video for Long Way to the Top along Swanston Street which runs parallel to ACDC Lane.

References

ACDC Lane Wikipedia


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