The beats may have been pumping and the dance moves sweatier than ever, but there was an overwhelming sense of sadness at Sunday night’s Extra Dirty party at Q Bar.

The event went ahead as a tribute to community identity and much-loved DJ Mandy Rollins, one of the founders of the event.

Police believe Rollins took her own life at The Gap on Saturday, September 4.

One of the most popular DJs on the Australian dance scene, Rollins went missing that night, becoming uncontactable by phone some time after 7.30pm. The following day her cap, wallet, phone and watch were recovered by police at The Gap.

Her long-time partner in life and business, Mel ‘Feisty’ Fitzpatrick decided to go ahead with Extra Dirty as a tribute to Rollins.

“She was my very best friend and we had no doubts we’d be mates for life,” Fitzpatrick said.

“I have lost the other half of my soul, but I know I will always have Mandy in my heart and especially in the music.”

Photos from Extra Dirty can be found HERE.

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