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Katanning community DJ gets town pumping with surprise sets

Daniel RooneyGreat Southern Herald
Kim Briscoe and Holly Bessel.
Camera IconKim Briscoe and Holly Bessel. Credit: Daniel Rooney

Katanning resident and community DJ Kim Briscoe performed a surprise set on Australia Day at the Elders building on Clive Street.

“In 2020, with the COVID lockdowns, the town was miserable,” Briscoe said.

A DJ with more than 26 years of experience, Briscoe decided to liven the place up.

After receiving permission from her employer, she began to hold impromptu street-side discos.

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There aren’t many towns with a resident surprise DJ and thanks to Briscoe, Katanning once again has distinguished itself as a town of firsts.

“People come up and ask me ‘what’s happening?’,” Briscoe said.

“And I tell them ‘this is just what we do in Katanning, Katanning is a cool place’.”

Briscoe was joined for her set on Thursday afternoon by Holly Bessell, who enjoys dancing to Briscoe’s catalogue and learning how to use the audio equipment.

Briscoe welcomes requests and is looking forward to holding Blue Light Discos again in 2023.

“Come over and tell me what you want to hear,” she said.

“Music makes people happy.”

Ms Briscoe was joined for her set on Thursday afternoon by Holly Bessell, who enjoys dancing to Ms Briscoe’s diverse catalogue and learning how to use the audio equipment.

Ms Briscoe welcomes requests and is looking forward to holding Blue Light Discos again in 2023.

“Come over and tell me what you want to hear,” Ms Brisoe said, as she searched through CDs with Ms Bessell.

“Music makes people happy.”

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