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Number of clubs in the UK has almost halved since 2005

There are now 1,733 compared to 3,144 ten years ago

  • Mixmag staff
  • 10 August 2015
Number of clubs in the UK has almost halved since 2005

The amount of nightclubs in the UK has nearly halved in the last decade.

BBC Newsbeat has compiled a report on clubbing in Britain, revealing figures from The Association of Licensed Multiple Retailers (ALMR) that show there are now 1,733 clubs in the UK compared to 3,144 in 2005.

The Arches in Glasgow and Plastic People in London are just two venues to have closed this year and Ministry of Sound owner Lohan Presencer has described clubbing in the UK a "challenging place" down to a number of factors.

"I don't think the number of people going clubbing at the weekend is any different to where it was 20 years ago, but I do think they are going to different places.

"With the advent of later pub opening hours, the smoking ban, student tuition fees and the squeeze that a lot people are under financially since the recession. I think people are finding different ways and different places to go out."

Rudimental's Amir Amor spoke to Newsbeat and reckons the increasing amount of DJs playing at festivals has had an effect on the club scene.

He said: "It kind of goes in cycles. There was a hell of a lot of clubs out there and a lot of DJs - and now there are DJs on the main stage at festivals. They're essentially still playing house music so it just shifts in cycles and it will go back into the club."

With a growing number of clubs under threat, The Night Time Industries Association (NTIA) launched earlier this year to protect nightlife.

Watch Newsbeat's video below.

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