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AC/DC Lane

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The street sign for ACDC Lane in Melbourne
ACDC Lane is located in Melbourne
AC/DC Lane
AC/DC Lane
General information
Major junctions
North endFlinders Lane
South endDuckboard Place

AC/DC Lane is a laneway in the central business district of Melbourne, Australia. A short and narrow street running off Flinders Lane, it runs roughly north-south in between Exhibition Street and Russell Street.[1] The lane is named as a tribute to the famous Australian rock and roll band AC/DC.

AC/DC Lane is perhaps most famous for housing the Cherry Bar, a famous rock music bar and nightclub.[2]


A poster of Angus Young in ACDC Lane, September 2010

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.[3]

Melbourne's Lord Mayor John So launched AC/DC 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.[4] One month after the renaming a lightning bolt was erected above and below the street sign by an artist named Knifeyard.[5] The lightning bolt was removed at a later date.


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.[6] AC/DC famously filmed their music video for Long Way to the Top along Swanston Street which runs parallel to ACDC Lane.[3]

See also[edit]

  • Leganés, Spain, also has a street called Calle AC/DC. The sign is allegedly painted on as fans of the band often steal the sign.


  1. ^ "Melbourne Laneways". Only Melbourne. Retrieved 16 January 2017.
  2. ^ "About". Cherry Bar. Retrieved 16 January 2017.
  3. ^ a b Boulton, Martin, "Lane way to the top for AC/DC", The Age, 10 September 2004. Retrieved on 15 February 2007.
  4. ^ "AC/DC Lane Is Back In Black". FasterLouder. 18 November 2004. Retrieved 15 January 2017.
  5. ^ "The legend lives on in a laneway to heaven", The Age, 15 February 2005. Retrieved on 15 February 2007.
  6. ^ Donovan, Patrick, "Mayor thunderstruck with AC/DC", The Age, 8 July 2004. Retrieved on 15 February 2007.

External links[edit]

Media related to ACDC Lane at Wikimedia Commons