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Seeking to further protect nightclubs against threats from residential development, Nightlife Matters appears to be a growing force in UK politics. Having been set up last year by Night Time Industries Association (NTIA) chairman Alan Miller, the movement has achieved success in raising the profile of British nightlife, fighting against the excessive restrictions on music venues that have seen the number of clubs in the UK reduce by almost half over the past decade. Carrying a manifesto that calls for more flexible licensing and, more generally, more representative figures in local councils, nightlifematters.com offers visitors the chance to email councillors or make donations in order to show support for club culture.
Progress already seems to be well underway, with new legislation this month ensuring that venues are granted greater protections against noise complaints from the residents of newly-built houses. March had already seen planning developers required to seek approval from local authorities before building in areas surrounding established night venues, whilst the new Night Tube in London is expected to further support local clubs and bars by providing transport throughout the night from August 19th 2016.
However, it remains clear that a lot of work must still be done in order to safeguard clubbing culture in the UK, particularly in light of high-profile closures in recent years. Believed to bring in over £60 billion a year to the UK, nightlife is economically as well as socially important, and the Nightlife Matters campaign has drawn support from high-profile artists such as Jackmaster, Seth Troxler, Carl Cox and many more.
Words by Andrew Kemp
Photos courtesy of Nightlife Matters