For the millennial generation, the usual activity to partake in when heading off to university, is clubbing.
For years, clubs have dominated the scene of ‘going out’, people have been prepared to pay high entry fees and fork out money for drinks that are triple the usual price in order to be in a nightclub.
Starting from dance halls in the fifties, discos in the seventies and raves in the nineties, this love for clubbing has not really subsided in the past sixty years, it’s grown, in fact.
However, lately, there has been an obvious change.
Clubs are shutting down all over the country, where before in 2005 there were around 3,144 clubs nationwide, there are now only 1,733.
So, why is this happening?
Well, like with all closures, money is a big factor.
Clubs are now facing the prospect of incredibly high rent prices, not to mention the fact that they need to keep their land which can be brought up by rich property investors at any moment.
The number one enemy to any club, is of course, the council.
Whether it’s noise complaints, planning permission or heath and safety, many clubs are experiencing warnings and final notices from local councils that are often quite difficult to protest.
The UK are currently facing a housing crisis with more and more calls for an increase in building work across the country.
Clubs which are usually situated in remote areas are having houses built up around them and with this, come noise complaints.
Just one single noise complaint can usually spark the interest of the local council, especially if the said club is already on their radar.
Where before people would head out to clubs for new experiences and to meet new people, the internet can now provide adequate amusement, from our Netflix obsession to our love of social media, more people are staying in.
With various voucher codes and affordable restaurants, the experience of eating out is growing in popularity as cocktail bars and bistros continue to catch our attention as a generation much more than clubbing.
Clubs are very expensive.
Depending on where you are in the country, entry fees can sometimes set you back over £20, then there are of course the drinks and the cost of a takeaway afterwards.
Therefore, people generally tend to head off to house parties where they can supply their own alcohol and actually choose who they want to be surrounded by, in clubs you don’t really have a choice.
Ah, good old Wetherspoons. More and more students are preferring the cheep alcohol of a local pub and the opportunity to sit down with people and chat. For many people now, an evening spent in Wetherspoons is usually the best option for a night out.
I know as a generation we are not really the healthiest, but we do love a good health kick every so often.
More and more people are maybe opting for avocado on toast and a berocca every morning, rather than dealing with a hangover.
Where before many people headed off on a night out in order to erm, ‘pull’, now we have endless dating apps such as tinder and match.com which allow you to meet people in a much less drunk environment.
You could also argue that clubs are being rivalled by the increase of festivals up and down the country each year, many people are opting to save up for a weekend at Reading or Glastonbury, than a night on the pull down at their local night club.
This can also be said of holidays, for a generation strapped for cash, spending money on nightclubs lacks its appeal for people that would rather fork out the big sums for a holiday.
Finally, people have their own tastes. It’s preferable for some to be in their own environment and listen to their own music.
Clubs still hold an interest for many young people, I am not saying that the last one will shut down tomorrow, but it cannot be ignored that decreases in club numbers are possibly hinting to a generation more diverse in their interests and more inventive in the ways that they want to enjoy music and drink.
Closures can of course be linked to the council and the seeming taboo around clubbing, noise complaints and the idea of health and safety.
We are living in a period where the idea of clubbing is far too easily attached to the idea of anti social behaviour and crime, leading to councils working to shut down night clubs around the country.
With a society working to stigmatise clubs by linking them to crime and a generation who are waning in their interest for clubbing due to modern technology and a wider variety of different options currently available to them, it will be interesting to see how long much longer the notion of clubbing will hold our interest for.