Almost half of UK’s nightclubs shut down in past 10 years, new report shows

Many clubs 'are gone for good and we're never going to get them back'

Almost half of the UK’s nightclubs have shut their doors in the last 10 years, according to statistics released to BBC Newsbeat by the Association of Licensed Multiple Retailers (ALMR).

The organisation, which represents venues, revealed the number of clubs in the UK has dropped from 3,144 in 2005 to 1,733 in 2015.

According to ALMR Chief Executive Kate Nicholls, clubs in some towns “are gone for good and we’re never going to get them back”.

Speaking to Newsbeat, Ministry Of Sound CEO Lohan Presencer asserted that UK clubbing is in a “challenging place” in 2015 and put the decline down to a variety of factors.

“I don’t think the number of people going out at the weekend is any different to where it was 20 years ago, but I do think they are going to different places,” he said.

“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.”

The number of festivals along with planning and licensing rules have also been cited as reasons behind the decline.

“People want to have their cake and eat it,” said Nicholls, who believes it has become too easy for locals to complain if they live near a nightclub.

“[If] you want a vibe and to live in a cool area, then you need the other, edgier side of it.”