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​dalston’s dance tunnel is closing its doors

You gotta fight for your right to party. But what if there’s nowhere left to party in?

by Matthew Whitehouse
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12 April 2016, 11:12am

Another week, another much loved London nightclub announcing its closure. After three and a bit years, Dalston's Dance Tunnel is shutting it's doors for the final time. And the reason? Hackney's restrictive licensing laws (quelle surprise). In a statement posted to Facebook, the management said: "We regret to announce that Dance Tunnel is to close it's doors in August. Sadly the licensing climate in Hackney has made it impossible for us to get the hours we need to make Dance Tunnel sustainable in the long term. We would like to sincerely apologise to all the Tunnel Dancers who we are letting down. We really tried to make it work".

Of course, this isn't the first time that Hackney Council's, shall we say, complicated relationship with late licensing has had a negative impact on the area's nightlife scene (a nightlife scene that has contributed to the borough's now lucrative housing market, lest we forget). However, as reported by Time Out, what makes the closure of the Dance Tunnel particularly shocking is that its owner, Dan Beaumont, is a prominent member of the Night Time Industries Association. And if a member of the Night Time Industries Association can't acquire the type of license needed to make a venue work, what hope do the area's other clubs have?

"Thanks to all the artists, DJs, promoters and family members who have shared their favourite music and moments with us over the last three-and-a-bit years. Thanks to everyone who has made our basement such a special place," the club's statement continued. "Sorry we never got round to fixing that slope on the dance floor."

Read our piece on how UK club closures are out of control here