The Resurgence of Lost Club Culture

Club culture is known for people socialising. Enjoying the evening entertainment where they can listen to the best music and dance the night away. Otherwise referred to as ‘rave culture’, it has been on a downwards spiral for a few years. With clubs disappearing, this could be the beginning of the end for nightlife.

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Are we really saying good-bye to nightclubs? There used to be a time when people would be completely engulfed in the experience that a night out had to offer. Today, it seems as though more people are bothered about the show from the DJ, glued to documenting the night via their smart phones or getting inebriated in the cheapest way possible.

Between 2005 to 2015 the UK’s club population halved, with around 3,000 clubs in 2005 to just over 1,700 in 2015, according to the Association of Licenced Multiple Retailers. To add to the loss of clubs, the new Hackney curfew is stirring up worry amongst many Londoners. It seems in the near future, London’s City Centre will turn into the suburbs and close after 11pm. Not only are party-goers worrying about their favourite hang outs that are struggling and rapidly closing, but the economy is set to suffer too.

With London being a well-known tourist destination, if the night scene were to close, it would lose a percentage of not only its tourists but also their money that they were once willing to spend on a good time.

Fabric Closed

Memorial for the closure of well-known Fabric in 2016.

With the decline in nightclubs in the UK, London’s nightlife is in the mist of its club culture being lost, or is it?

Well some say that the scene needs to be revamped, innovated and re-birthed. Some people believe the new generation of clubbers seem to no longer be as interested in boozing-up to the max and taking drugs. Now when new bars and clubs are opening, they often have a quirky twist which some believe just to be a form of commercialisation. There are actually no more places to go where no one cares about what the venue looks like, they are just focused on the music and good energy. Maybe it’s in the underground? Or maybe it is almost the same as a regular club, except that the DJ is behind a screen, unseen and purely focused on playing quality tunes.

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Hackney nightclub, Hangar, presents The Secret DJ and Bugged Out for ‘The Dark Room’ on Saturday the 13th of October. The converted warehouse will be hosting four secret DJ’s for the night. The DJ’s will perform their sets behind a screen and the audience will be in darkness. The events host’s tell us, “The black-out experience is where you leave your phone, ego and problems at the door”. It’s for those who want to get back to the basics, enjoying what the DJ knows how to do best. Get your tickets here.

The one off event wants people to focus on the music, with custom made surround sound speakers for the night, representatives say, “in the pitch dark there is no young. There is no old. There is only music and how it moves you”. Could this mean that club culture isn’t dying, just changing?

Places like Hanger show a glimmer of hope that we might not lose our club culture. Maybe having unusual places to visit will get more people back out and get people partying like we’re raving in the 90’s again.

 

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