Nearly half of the UK’s nightclubs have closed in a decade

Get the feeling that nightclubbing isn’t what it once was? Well, you may actually be right.

Statistics released by the Association of Licensed Multiple Retailers (ALMR) have revealed that almost half of the UK’s nightclubs have closed down in the past ten years – with the number of clubs dropping 3,144 in 2005 to 1,733 in 2015.

In an interview with BBC Newsbeat, Ministry Of Sound boss Lohan Presencer said he didn’t think the number of people out on the razz was dwindling, but how they went out had changed:

“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.”

Is the nation just too cash-strapped for £2 VKs? Or is it that local provincial nightclubs have developed into Ibiza-style superclubs that consume all local rivals?

Maybe, just maybe we peaked as a clubbing nation when Pendulum dropped ‘Tarantula’ in ’05, making all other future club anthems and nights futile?

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