UK club closures are out of control
Nearly half of the country’s nightspots have closed in the last 10 years according to a new report.
The Association of Licensed Multiple Retailers (ALMR) has told BBC's Newsbeat that there were 3,144 clubs in 2005 and that this figure has plummeted to 1,733 today. The association has said that the closures are bad for the UK "culturally, socially and economically" and the shutdowns are being attributed to everything from late night pub opening hours to the rise in festival culture and from higher student fees to complaining neighbours. There have been recent high-profile closures of venues in London including The Joiners Arms, Plastic People and The Black Cap.
ALMR have also raised concerns about the impact these closures will have on youth employment, since night venues generated 37,000 jobs last year, "with over 80% of these for 18-24 year olds". Planning and licensing regulations are making it trickier for venues to pass muster, but a government spokesperson told Newsbeat: "We know the important contribution the sector makes to our economy and the nation's cultural landscape. The current regulations strike a fair balance between making sure we have music entertainment for the public and preventing crime and disorder, whilst keeping the public safe."
Photography Ewan Munro