Our HistoryFrom humble beginnings to being the cool association we are today, read about our 40+ year history below!
In The Beginning…
According to Wikipedia, the concept of a Mobile Disco was the brainchild of a certain Mr. Roger Squire who began an entertainment service back in 1966. From there he later set up a disco equipment supply service that sold sound and lighting equipment to budding DJ’s all over the world.
The South Eastern Discotheque Association (or SEDA for short) was formed in 1974 by six like-minded DJ’s in the Tonbridge area of Kent, England with the main aim to promote a better professional approach to the art of mobile DJ’ing. This was later extended to cover all DJs, Mobile, Resident, Radio and Bedroom Mixers.
Check out this amazing video on the left emailed to us by Dick Champkins who was our Treasurer back then, filmed at Hilden Manor way back 1976!
40th Birthday Party
In October 2014 we celebrated our 40th birthday as the oldest mobile disco and DJ association in the United Kingdom with a fantastic party at the Britannia Theatre in Chatham.
Members and Special Guests were treated to a gorgeous dinner followed by live music from Groove Machine, an awesome party band, piano house mash up sensation Davos and close-up magician extraordinaire, Robert Orange.
As you can tell by the pictures we had an awesome time and we now look forward to our 50th birthday in 2024!
As we have done in our first 40 years, SEDA will continue to actively promote and improve our industry in the South East and across the UK wherever possible.
SEDA publishes a code of practice and entry criteria which all members must comply with. These standards ensure that members operate in a professional and safe manner.
On the safety side, SEDA was the first DJ association in the UK to explore a law regarding electrical equipment Portable Appliance Testing (PAT testing). SEDA spotted this law, investigated its implications and recommended its members comply by regularly testing their disco equipment for electrical safety.