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Are we facing the death of nightlife in the UK?

The closure of nightclub venues has always raised controversy as a result of the various affected parties involved. The UK has seen its numbers drop from 3,144 clubs in 2005 to just 1,733 now.

The reasons behind the closures do vary. With some being over licensing issues, noise pollution complaints in nearby residential areas, and the selling of the venue properties to residential developers. Noise complaints were a constant issue, as well as heaps of rubbish and ‘streams of urine’.

‘Sankeys’ in Manchester faced closure due to the building being sold to a residential property developer to turn into apartment. Similarly, ‘The Hacienda’, ‘Cream nation’ and ‘Bagleys’ all faced closure for similar reasons.

When London’s Farringdon club ‘Fabric’ lost its license after 2 people died from drug overdoses in the club in 2016, questions about the future of the UK’s club culture were provoked, but a campaign to re-open it was also started.

#SaveOurCulture was launched by ‘Fabric’ and the campaign urged supporters to help them in fighting against police after revoking their license. “Do you believe that youth culture and music are an essential part of life? If the answer is yes, join the fight to save our culture.” The article ends with the hashtags: #savenightlife.

Monetary value in the nightlife culture is significant since the night time industries account for almost 8% of the UK’s employment and 6% of the total UK revenue per year. But club culture also has personal value for an extensive amount of individuals.

And while a business perspective would argue that residential flats might be less of a risk and still generate money. A cultural perspective would argue that there is a need for presenting music, art and culture through nightlife.

Joseph Kindred, who was a guest DJ at Sankeys says: “I have so many memories in this place, from being an excited kid hearing about Sankeys to doing work experience… I even remember the very first night I ever went.”

A sacrifice from certain parties has to be made, whether it is nearby neighbours, residential property owners, the venue owners or possibly the government even.

But a compromised law that regulates a balance between providing the music entertainment and nightlife culture for the public, whilst also ensuring that laws and regulations ensure safety and prevent unfortunate incidents, needs to be put in place.

Picture cc: ministryofsound.com

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