Research showed that over 80 percent of nightclubs won’t survive the Pandemic. The UK clubbing scene is on the brink of “extinction” with the overwhelming majority of venues unlikely to survive past the top of the month without government support, the industry has warned.
A damning report released by the already dark Industries Association (NTIA) today laid bare the devastating impact of the pandemic on London nightclubs, which are closed since March.
A survey of 100 clubs revealed that half of the venues are in additional than three months’ rent arrears, while roughly two-thirds had made 60 percent of their workforce redundant by the top of 2020.
Just over 80 percent of clubs said they might not survive past February without further government support.
The NTIA blamed the govt for failing to supply adequate support, with 43 percent of the clubs surveyed saying that they had received no support from the state.
The industry lobby group also complained of a scarcity of a transparent timetable for reopening and proposed changes to planning laws that might allow landlords to convert clubs into housing.
“We are on the cusp of losing a cultural institution, the govt has ignored the world and did not recognize its economic and cultural value,” said NTIA chief executive Michael Kill.
“The government must support nightclubs and late-night venues with a strong financial package and which is ready-made to support businesses that are closed since March and a roadmap giving a transparent indication of the timelines for reopening against the backdrop of the vaccination rollout, to offer hope to several who are overburdened with debt.”
Some London clubs, like Fabric, Printworks, and Columbo, which owns Jazz Cafe, Phonox, and XOYO, last year received funding through the £1.57bn cultural recovery fund.
But other venues, including King’s Cross favorite Egg, were excluded from the support.
“The importance of nightlife may be a pivotal part for all generations. Therefore the culture of the united kingdom, but the govt isn’t giving enough to support our venues, brands, and promoters,” said Egg owner Hans Hess.
“So, Boris Johnson, come on do the proper thing and show your commitment to assisting the nightlife industry.”
“We understand these are extremely challenging circumstances for businesses, particularly nightclubs. The present restrictions are essential so we will control the virus. Protect the NHS and save lives,” a government spokesperson said.
“We have put in situ one among the foremost comprehensive and generous packages of business. It support within the world, worth £280bn.”