Why are we clubbing less?


Clubs have been a hot topic of conversation recently, what with the closure of London institutions like Fabric. Despite the outcry, it turns out that we're actually going to clubs less and less - annual admissions to UK nightclubs have fallen by 23% in the past five years.

Just 8% of Britons describe themselves as regular clubbers now, almost three in 10 avoid the dance scene entirely and as many as 27% claim to have never visited a nightclub, analysts Mintel said.

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So why has this happened?


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46% of people analysed said that they were put off by the expensive door entry prices.

Drinks prices.

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Equally, 46% blamed the steep price for drinks in clubs. Less than half of visitors (46%) bought more than one alcoholic drink during their nightclub visit, while 43% of Britons who have been to a nightclub say they prefer to go to bars with dancing areas.

Mintel research analyst Rebecca McGrath says: "High entry fees and drink prices are having a negative impact on people's clubbing experiences, with many opting to purchase alcoholic drinks in other locations, including at home, before they get to a club."


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For 43%, it's the crowding in clubs that's most likely to put them off. And it probably doesn't help that a clubbing crowd is a great deal sweatier than your average crush of people.

So what next?

DJ set.
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Unfortunately, this means that nightclubs are in danger. Their revenue declined by 21% from 2010 to 2015, and is set to decline a further 16% to £982 million in 2020.

Meanwhile, Mintel forecasts that yearly admissions figures could fall a further 14% by 2020 to reach just 99 million.

McGrath said: "Fabric's recent closure, alongside other high-profile closures in recent months, highlights the increased regulatory pressure faced by nightclubs, as well as the competition they face from late night bars and pubs."

Bad news for all the clubbing fans out there.