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Nightclub numbers have halved since 2005

10 August 2015 by
Nightclub numbers have halved since 2005

The number of nightclubs in the UK has halved in the last 10 years, as revellers change their late night habits.

According to figures from the Association of Licensed Multiple Retailers (ALMR), there are now 1,733 nightclubs in the UK, down from 3,144 in 2005.

Chief executive Kate Nicholls told the BBC: "They are gone for good and we're never going to get them back."

The reduction in club numbers was blamed on planning and licensing rules, along with later pub opening hours, the smoking ban and student tuition fees.

Nicholls added that it had become too easy for those who live near clubs to complain.

She said: "People want to have their cake and eat it. [If] you want vibe and to live in a cool area, then you need the other, edgier side of it."

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