UK Nightclubs market report
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For the purpose of this report, Mintel defines nightclubs as establishments where the primary offer is that of dancing to music and where drink and food are offered as ancillary items. In addition, an admission fee is normally, but not always, levied.
Under the Licensing Act 2003, nightclubs in England and Wales must be in possession of an appropriate Premises Licence, allowing the sale by retail of alcohol, the provision of regulated entertainment and the provision of late night refreshment.
The dividing line between nightclubs and late night bars continues to be blurred, with no distinction between these different types of outlet by the licensing authorities or, indeed, the industry itself. All data within this report focuses purely on nightclubs (ie excluding late night bars and pubs whose primary business is the retailing of liquor, rather than the provision of dancing).
Where hybrid concepts are included, ie bar/nightclubs, it is because these have a separate dedicated club section where an admission fee is normally levied for a substantial proportion of users. This report does not include nightclubs that are part of hotels or casinos, nor does it cover lap-dancing clubs.
Where the term ‘core club’ has been used, this refers to a nightclub that focuses purely on drink and dancing, rather than a club or hybrid bar which serves food or has a restaurant area. Entertainment is ‘regulated entertainment’ when it takes place in the presence of a public audience or members and guests of a qualifying club, whether a charge is made or not. Entertainment which takes place in the presence of a private audience is only regulated entertainment when a charge is made with a view to making a profit.
The performance of live music and incidental playing of recorded music is not regarded as regulated entertainment under the 2003 Act, where they are incidental to another activity which is not itself regulated entertainment.
The spontaneous performance of music, singing or dancing does not amount to the provision of regulated entertainment and is not a licensable activity. There are also some exemptions for activities in certain premises, such as churches.
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Written by Rebecca McGrath, a leading analyst in the UK sector, her extensive knowledge delivers in-depth commentary and analysis to highlight current trends and add expert context to the numbers.
The potential of smartphones within the nightclubs market, in terms of promotion, booking and in-club behaviour, is still underexplored. However, high interest in such features among young club goers suggests the smartphone is set to become a far greater element of nightclub visits in the coming years.
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