Watch: Kings Cross' late night tales

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As we near the end of 2012, it’s been a year of contrasts for Sydney’s club district Kings Cross. On the one hand, it’s been a strong year for music-led club nights, with a string of memorable events passing through. On the other, Kings Cross has been at the centre of scrutiny, with calls for curfews on venues, the ‘Cleaning Up The Cross’ plan and other initiatives to tackle alcohol-related violence.

The issues have been very real, and inthemix went in-depth on the subject in July’s feature, The Blame Game: What’s next for Kings Cross clubbing?. Now a series of videos have been launched to delve into “the good, and the bad, of late night living on Sydney’s most infamous party strip”, through the eyes of five people with stories to tell. From the DJ to the door-girl, the cab driver to the glassie, it’s a new look at the debate. You can check out the videos below, and stay tuned for some follow-up features and Kings Cross stories on inthemix.

Aaron’s Story: The DJ

Aaron has been DJing in the Cross for over six years. It’s his job to make sure people are having a good time, but Aaron frequently can’t believe what he sees when he leaves the clubs.

Daisy’s Story: The Door Host

Daisy is a door host in the Cross with a passion for music and fashion. She’s heard just about every excuse in the book when it comes to clearly drunk people trying to get into a venue.

Eddy’s Story: The Cabbie

After 33 years of driving cabs in Sydney, Eddy’s seen it all. Having survived a savage attack in the Cross, in which four passengers broke his ribs and dislocated his shoulder, he has more than a few stories to tell.

Fuzz’s Story: The Venue Owner

Fuzz owns and runs a venue at the gateway into the Cross, his place is all about great drinks and community. From his door he sees the comings and goings to and from the cross and recognises a change the closer it gets to midnight that transforms this bustling bubble of energy into a wasteland.

Ben’s Story: The Glassie

Ben is 22 and used to be a glassie in the Cross, until binge drinking took over his life and he lost everything. Follow Ben as he walks his previous path and see how he has managed to change his life for the better.