We Explore The Ever Changing Face of UK Nightlife
It was the early 90’s when the first House music nightclubs opened their doors in the UK. In the last 10 years 50% have closed their doors. We explore why…
The nostalgia of a good nightclub will never be forgotten. The euphoria, the connection with the music with each passing beat flowing through your veins, the smiles, the laughs, the people, the memories and the substances.
Nightclubbing is something we have always done well in the UK, we may not have invented Chicago, Detroit or Acid House but we certainly coined our own sound for it. Super clubs like Ministry of Sound, Gatecrasher & Fabric have played huge if not phenomenal roles in making sure our Friday & Saturday nights made them 5 days of work all worth its while. They brought some of the best DJ’s we have seen in generations through their doors and have even introduced new waves of electronic music from trance to garage.
You have probably seen the news that UK nightlife is getting at the moment with regards to the recent deaths from Ecstasy and MDMA use. No one wants deaths connected to their nightclub, Fabric has just re-opened with some of the strictest policies we have seen to own and run a nightclub. More recently Sankeys in Manchester was closed due to a death connected to one of its revellers.
Sankeys, Manchester opened in 1994, but at a time when people are dyeing due to increased MDMA potency’s and not really knowing the true risks of these drugs what else can be done? If these drugs were not sold or dealt in that club, is it really the nightclubs fault? It is certainly a question that is up for debate, but regardless of your views, drug taking will always come with a wealth of short term and long term risks attached to it. Because they are not legal like booze makes the whole situation a lot more difficult to deal with.
Amongst the bad publicity from drug use, our habits have changed. Step foot in a nightclub these days and you will generally see peoples faces lit up by mobile phone light, as they scrawl through social media feeds. Social media has made a huge impact on our social interaction, diminishing the need to actually physically interact with someone. In the 90’s and Noughties we had mobile phones, but we didn’t have access to the endless list of apps, social media platforms, websites and everything else used to communicate.
The Night Time Industries Association and their campaign Save Nightlife has gained national attention as well as support from some of the top artists and DJ’s in the game from Seth Troxler, Jackmaster, Eats Everything, Carl Cox & Groove Armada to name a few. The Save Nightlife campaign was also involved in the recent case with Fabric and has now partnered with Sankeys after the news and closure of their Manchester nightclub.
“We are proud to be working with the team for Sankeys across Britain. Just one week after the world found out the shocking news that Sankeys in Manchester was closing after over 20 years – now 20 cities in UK have the chance for a new club. Upbeat, fun and engaging this is what Saving Nightlife is all about.. As we have seen recently with Fabric, Together We Are Strong”
Alan Miller – The Night Time Industries Association Chairman
To get involved with the Save Nightlife #doyouwannasankeys campaign head to savenightlife.com and sign the petition to make your voice count. You can also check out our feature on the re-opening of Fabric Nightclub, London from last year.