Nostalgia Night in Uruguay Date in the current year: August 24, 2016

Nostalgia Night in Uruguay The day before Uruguay’s Independence Day, Uruguayans celebrate Nostalgia Night (Noche de la nostalgia). On August 24, many broadcasting stations and dancing clubs in Uruguay play oldies, and a lot of people attend nostalgic dance parties that last the whole night long.

The origins of Nostalgia Night are disputed. According to the most popular version, it was created in 1978 by Paul Lecueder, owner of CX-32 Radiomundo. Lecueder was the first to broadcast old hits on Independence Day eve. Over the years, other radio stations followed suit.

Originally, radio stations broadcast the music of the 1960s and early 1970s. Widely broadcast performers included The Beatles, Elvis Presley, Simon and Garfunkel, Queen, Cat Stevens, Barry Manilow, the Bee Gees, John Travolta. Nowadays, major hits of the 1980s and 1990s are broadcast as well. Radio stations ensure that every song they play is at least two decades old.

Nostalgia Night has quickly become a huge commercial success. Many venues organize all-night retro theme parties on the occasion. On August 24, people can party all night because the following day is a national holiday, hence a non-working day. Nostalgia Night is officially supported and promoted by the country's Ministry of Tourism.

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