Club closures: Cash-strapped clubbers make their nights out count

The hangover from a heady night in a dark, sweaty club, with cheap drinks and a sticky dance floor, was once the staple of a student weekend.

But as the UK’s biggest nightclub operator becomes the latest victim of the cost of living crisis, we look at how the night-time economy has changed.

Clubs Pryzm and Atik, which were on many high streets, closed earlier this month after owner Rekom UK said rising costs had hit young people hard.

Despite this, people still have money for what Parklife festival founder and club owner Sacha Lord calls the “big moments”.

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Tickets for Glastonbury Festival sold out in less than an hour when they went on sale last November, despite the £360 price tag.

Concerts have also had a great year, with artists like Taylor Swift drawing crowds.

The Piece Hall in Halifax, West Yorkshire, which has been converted into a stunning outdoor venue during the summer months, now attracts huge crowds and has international artists clamoring to perform there.

None of them show signs of being affected by the undeniable reduction in everyone’s salaries.

Could it be that young people are cutting back on their weeknights out to save up for these concert tickets and festival experiences?

Lord Lord, Greater Manchester’s night-time economic adviser and man behind popular Manchester club The Warehouse Project, thinks so.

“People go out less, but they are very demanding when it comes to going out.” he said.

“So where there are festivals, where you can see a lot of different artists, people still want to go out and experience these big moments.

“For people like Harry Styles and Taylor Swift, some of the ticket prices are exorbitant, but people still go to these big events.”

He said the closure of student nights showed young people were feeling the impact of the cost of living crisis, adding: “Students are still partying, but they will buy a bottle in the supermarket and have a party instead at home”.