It has been a topic for sometime in the news about the closures of London nightclubs and nightclubs over the whole of England. Costs have been going up for the nightclubs and therefore passed on to the customers which now most people can not afford to go out and spend so much in that hospitality sector.
Many of London nightclubs have relied on promoters (and some still do) to bring guests to the bar or nightclub. The promoters charge at the door £5-25 per guest and keep the money (some pay DJs or use their DJs as sub-promoters as well). The costs of people paying to get in then the high costs of drinks makes going out all that more expensive so eventually many of London nightclubs got rid of promoters – who may have built up the reputation of the venue but the venue has got rid of them and taken on the promotion in house and therefore saved costs.
In this nightclub declining market many venues have removed the entry fees to attract custom – the customers here wins. This has been an increasing technique and now the need for promoters has massively declined to almost none existent. So many bars and nightclubs have no entrance fees and the government has recognised this and removed it off the inflation list.
Our company was built upon DJs in who have worked both the London bars and nightclubs (as well as private events) industry many of them for over 10-15 years. We have noticed the decline in the bars and nightclubs scene over the past two years and therefore have been solely focusing on the private parties entertainment sector for this time. We are continuously involved with new parties week in week out from event organisors, offices and clients who normally would have held their party and a London nightclub years ago.
These private events are on the up with us meaning that our DJs and technical PA, lights and events team are being hired more frequently for high profile birthdays, corporate events, fashion shows and all sorts of different events. It is busy work with us and our bookings but it is sadly not for these nightclubs and they are struggling and dying off by the day. We have had many DJs lose their jobs with so many contracts that we had with many venues that now closed but the DJs have had private work to compensate their cut slots but we realised that this day would finally come for bars and nightclubs.
We’re very sad for this sector feeling this punch, many job losses and to be honest even though the customer may feel they are getting a better deal by not paying to get in, however they are now limited amount to few venues because so many venues and different types of nights have closed (so really nobody wins here).
The decline of nightclubs overall has a huge impact on the vibrant areas of London, house prices increased because of certain nightlife in the area (as well as the main local shops reflecting the affluent-ness). The closures of these London bars and nightclubs are at an alarming rate sooner or later if you remove all of them then you could potentially devalue houses because it’s just a boring area of generic high street coffee shops, clothes shops and pubs and restaurants that close at 11pm/ 12am. If you end up having many of these types of areas all around London, you could end up a having an entire boring London city limited to only the super rich being able to party at high end expensive West End London nightclubs…