Clubs and DJs back new campaign to prove ‘nightlife matters’

NTIA campaign

Clubs up and down the country will be taking part in a year-long campaign by the Night Time Industries Association (NTIA) to celebrate the value and heritage of the UK’s nightlife.

Under the banner of #nightlifematters, a series of events will feature leading DJs, musicians and other performers putting the spotlight on the different genres of music born out of Britain’s club culture.

Kicking off with six nights in six cities across the UK, the events are the first in an ongoing programme of club nights, talks and exhibitions announced today by the NTIA.

Venues taking part will include Fabric in London, Sub Club in Glasgow, Haunt in Brighton, Hidden in Manchester, Rainbow Venues in Birmingham, Motion in Bristol and Lakota in Bristol.

The NTIA is concerned about the threat from increasingly strict licensing laws, aggressive development and a lack of understanding about the benefits of our night-time economy. The association points out that this has meant that, in the last 10 years, nearly half of the UK’s clubs and live music venues have closed, from Plastic People in London to the Arches in Glasgow.

The NTIA is highlighting how nightclubs have incubated music labels that represent some of the UK’s best musicians including Adele, Dizzie Rascal, The Prodigy and FKA Twigs, among others.

The events will feature performances from Seth Troxler, Craig Richards, Kano, Dusky, Lady Leshurr, Shy FX and more to be confirmed each night.

The NTIA is encouraging people to make their voice heard by signing up to the #nightlifematters manifesto at Supporters can email local councillors and MPs directly through an email form embedded on the website and will be notified about upcoming events taking place as part of the #nightlifematters series.

Backing the campaign, Tom Findlay of electronic music duo Groove Armada said: “Nightlife matters across Britain because it nurtures and sustains all our creative industries. It’s part of what makes Britain great, our club culture is admired across the world.

“Nightlife matters because it employs loads of brilliant people, bringing different ages, colours, genders and ethnicities together for a common goal. I can’t imagine our country without it and it’s time we showed one of our great national pastimes a lot more love and respect.”

Pete Jordan, director at MADE Festival and the Rainbow Venues, said: “The UK has a nightlife and festival industry that is revered the world over. We are currently seeing more threats to venues and their licences for a variety of reasons, that could in time, destroy the industry.

“Supporting the Nightlife Matters initiative from the NTIA is essential, and will help the industry safeguard itself from the real issues that exist and could change the cultural landscape of cities and towns forever.”

Tom Paine, founder of Bristol’s Love Saves The Day festival and owner of Motion, said: “Nightlife Matters is a really important campaign for people to support and really get behind. For too many years there seems to have been a shoulder-shrug response to news of one of the city’s great music or night-time venues closing, an attitude that it is just ‘one of those things’.

“Nightlife Matters aims to move against this and to establish that our thriving music, creative and social scenes in this great city of Bristol should be protected and indeed encouraged to grow – and highlight all the benefits that they bring to Bristol and the UK.”

Alan Miller, chairman of the NTIA, added: “In Britain millions of people go out every week and enjoy some of the world’s best music, clubs and bars up and down the country. The ‘silent majority’ that loves going out, socialising, dancing, eating and drinking, meeting new friends and getting inspired will now have the chance to have our voices heard – and make a difference.

“By supporting Nightlife Matters, a message is sent to local councillors and MPs that we want nightlife protected and celebrated, not destroyed.”

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