Yes, we’re all sick of hearing the word ‘Brexit’. I for one switch off every time I hear it mentioned on the radio or in newspapers. While politicians argue about how they are going to negotiate the minefield they have created I’m am more concerned about how it will affect the industry I work in and that you enjoy every weekend. The clubbing scene in London has already seen a huge decline in the number of available venues, will the outcome of Brexit help or hurt our scene even more?
The first issue we need to consider is a potential end to free movement across a Europe. Work visas may be introduced for any artists travelling out of or into the United Kingdom. Europe has a huge clubbing industry, that we as clubbers are attracted to, think Ibiza, Ayia Napa, of course London, even Berlin is a destination people are talking about. No doubt you are aware Belgium has a huge drum and bass clubbing scene at the minute with events such as Rampage Festival, Let It Roll in Prague attracts a big following of British ravers, and of course the original flagship drum and bass clubbing holidays Innovation In The Sun & Innovation In The Dam take place in Spain & Amsterdam respectively.
Could artists playing at events in these countries suddenly find themselves stuck at immigration due to visa problems, potentially missing shows? And who will cover the cost of the visa? No doubt it will all be filtered back into increased ticket prices?
A potential dip in the value of the Pound would make holidaying or partying in Europe less attractive. Destinations such as Ibiza who are already renowned for sky high prices will become less appealing when your Pound buys you less Euros than ever before.
As an island nation how will import duty & costs effect drink prices in our club & bars? I’m guessing they will not get any cheaper.
Tickets for our Innovation In The Dam event this coming November are selling better than ever, our event in Spain this summer was also one of our busiest to date, so there is obviously still a demand for clubbers from across the European member states and beyond to travel across borders freely, and of course the venues, airlines and hotels are all happy to accommodate that demand.
Ultimately no one can accurately predict the future, as yet we don’t even know if the people negotiating our exit strategy are sure of the outcome. But we will all see the effects in some form or another. Fingers crossed we still have a clubbing industry at the end of the negotiations as I think we’re going to need a release from the stresses of work life more than ever before!