The City Of Sydney has today announced they'll be handing out grants to some of the city's most important venues for expansion and growth of their night-time trading. 

Over $360,000 in funding will be given to 18 local business including the likes of Oxford Art Factory, Hudson Ballroom, The Imperial Hotel, City Recital Hall, Foundry 616 and more, with Sydney Lord Mayor Clover Moore saying that funding would help make Sydney more diverse after dark.

"No one wants a city that’s unsafe and we don’t want one that shuts after dark either," says Moore. "This new late-night grant program is part of our program of dedicated support for a thriving night-time economy. We want to do everything we can to encourage businesses to provide more diverse night-time activities.

"These grants will help venues across the city introduce new night-time performances, talks and film screenings, and fund important infrastructure upgrades to enable and improve live music for artists and audiences alike.

"We know the NSW Government’s lockout laws have had a significant impact on Sydney’s night-time economy, so we are finding practical ways to help local businesses and live music venues get back on their feet."

Projects funded by the grant will start in April and must be completed within a 12-month period. The next round of applications is now open to Sydneyside venues, head here for more info.

Check out the full list of grant awardees below and how they'll be using the award:

  • New staging and audio equipment to allow the return of live jazz and acoustic performances at The Roosevelt in Potts Point
  • Regular live music and performance nights featuring local artists at The Imperial Hotel in Erskineville
  • Upgrades to the mixing equipment, speakers and PA systems at the Oxford Art Factory in Darlinghurst and The World Bar in Kings Cross
  • Upgrades to audio equipment and in-house musical instruments at Hudson Ballroom in the city centre
  • Acoustic upgrades at the Knox Street Bar and Freda’s in Chippendale and Staves Brewery in Glebe
  • A monthly program of music trivia, slam poetry and live music in the foyer of the City Recital Hall in the city centre
  • An after-midnight live music and dining program at Foundry 616 in Ultimo
  • Fortnightly ‘paint and sip’ evenings and ‘beanbag and popcorn’ arthouse movie nights at The Tribecreative retail store in Darlinghurst
  • Small-scale cabaret performances between theatre seasons at the Eternity Playhouse in Darlinghurst
  • Fortnightly ‘in conversation’ evenings with local authors at Ariel Bookshop in Darlinghurst
  • New flooring, staging and lighting at the East Sydney Community and Arts Centre in Darlinghurst
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Why Cavalli Club Dubai is a Must See!

As #12 on the "World’s 100 Best Clubs 2017" list, Cavalli Club Dubai is located in the heart of Dubai’s financial district, precisely in the world-renown Fairmont DubaiCavalli Club Dubai offers an exclusive experience to all its guests, not only being a restaurant and lounge but also transforming into a dancing haven as the evening progresses. Upon setting foot in the venue, clients get the feel of extravagance infused with the style and flair of Roberto Cavalli, accompanied by 350,000 Swarovski Crystals, high-end finishes, modern architecture and of course Cavalli’s signature animal prints.

Cavalli Club Dubai is also distinguished for its cuisine, fit to satisfy any palette with its Italian-International fusion menu. Moreover, Cavalli’s expert chef serves up the best fine foods elaborated with top-quality ingredients presented and executed on Roberto Cavalli's fashionable crockery and cutlery. Not to mention, Cavalli Club Dubai confides in paying attention to the finer detail, from the moment you walk in you will be welcomed by a magnificent setting and greeted by an incredible staff who will escort you up to the main salon and lounge where you can enjoy melodies and rhythms while dining or lounging the night away. Not only are the staff professional and friendly but also constantly looking after clients and anticipating anything that they may need. In the mood for a drink? Allow the award-winning bar team whip up the best blends and unique cocktails made with premium spirits such as Roberto Cavalli Vodka.

As night falls, the ambience morphs into a nightclub vibe where clients can dance the night away, leaded by the best resident DJS in town as well as top international artists such as Kid InkSean Paul and Bob Sinclar. It’s no surprise that the venue is frequently visited by A-list celebrities who also choose Cavalli as their venue of choice for their private events. Cavalli Club Dubai was also awarded "Best Urban Night 2016" at the Time Out Dubai Nightlife Awards, and the Hozpitality Excellence Awards 2016 as a "Gold Winner of the Best Italian". Cavalli Club Dubai is #GoldMember of the International Nightlife Association and so, recommended by our organization.

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Another world-class nightclub is coming to Dubai, and it’s one with a big reputation.

Joining the ranks of Dome and BASE as recent additions to the city’s nightlife scene (as well as Cannes superclub Gotha coming soon), New York City hotspot 1 OAK is set to land in Dubai in late-February.

It’s making big claims about bringing a “world-class nightlife venue” to Dubai, and the early image renderings suggest we’re in for an edgy, dark look. Ooh, we approve.

And it looks like there’s reason to get excited, too.

The team behind 1 OAK are claiming celebrity fans of the top NYC hangout will be travelling to the emirate specifically for the launch – name-dropping famous geusts like Beyoncé, Jay-Z, Katy Perry, Kanye West, Rihanna and more.

The reason? Because the “opening will feature a line-up of international artists”, and we’re excited to find out exactly who’s being lined up.

It’s opening up in the JW Marriott Marquis Business Bay, already home to top spots like The Vault, Bridgewater Tavern, Café Artois and Square, and will take the place of former Dubai favourite VIP Room.

As you’d expect from a trendy NYC club with presence across the US, the guys behind 1 OAK are making some pretty huge claims. “With the launch of 1 OAK, we are starting a new era for Dubai’s nightlife scene,” says CEO of Bulldozer Group Evgeny Kuzin. “We wanted to create something unique, while maintaining style and substance, for Dubai’s elite social crowd.”

So, mark your calendars, this hot new spot is ready to land, and we can’t wait.

Opening late-February 2018. JW Marriott Marquis Dubai, Business Bay,


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San Francisco state Sen. Scott Wiener today reintroduced legislation that would allow a handful of cities to extend alcohol sales as late as 4 a.m., following the death of a similar bill in committee last year. 

Senate Bill 905 would create a five-year pilot program giving six cities -- San Francisco, Oakland, Los Angeles, Sacramento, West Hollywood and Long Beach -- the option to extend the hours for alcohol sales at bars, nightclubs and restaurants, but not liquor stores.

The bill, which gives cities the flexibility to limit extended hours to certain neighborhoods or specific nights of the week or year, has the backing of local officials in the named cities as well as restaurant and nightclub owners and business groups.

Wiener called the bill a "nuanced and responsible approach."

"California is a diverse state with cities and neighborhoods that have different needs for nightlife, and we shouldn't have a one-size-fits-all closing time," Wiener said in a statement. "Nightlife is central to the culture and economy of many of our cities, and they should be empowered to extend alcohol sales hours if they choose."

Wiener introduced a similar bill last year, which passed the Senate with a two-third vote but then died in the Assembly Appropriations Committee. 

Cities would need to develop a plan and go through a process to approve late night drinking hours, and individuals businesses would still need to apply for extended hours licenses.

Cities that allow alcohol service beyond 2 a.m. include Chicago, Washington, D.C., New York City, Buffalo, Las Vegas, Louisville, Atlanta, Miami Beach and New Orleans.


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If TV shows that take place in New York City have taught us anything, it’s that there will always, always be an empty cab ready to take you to your destination the moment you raise a hand and that the night life there is insane. Broadway shows, concerts, bars, clubs, restaurants, parties. You name it, it happens in NYC at night. But who’s keeping track of it all? No one right now, but the city is looking to change that.

In September, Mayor Bill de Blasio signed legislation following in the steps of some European cities, creating an Office of Nightlife. The commission may sound like the legal certification for Batman, but it will actually consist of a “Nightlife Mayor” and 12 appointed Nightlife Advisory Board members. The task force will work with the (day) Mayor’s Office of Media and Entertainment to oversee, manage daily operations and issue recommendations to night venues. The office was created in response to a number of venues closing last year.

One of the mayoral candidates, Gerard McNamee, told Your Morning that the most important task for the organization will be job creation. He hopes to create 10,000 sustainable jobs in the next 10 years in service, bartending, booking, administration and security. The basic goal: keep the NYC nightlife thriving.

The group will also function as a liaison between the municipal government, the nightlife industry and city residents to coordinate health and safety and share the concerns of business-owners and the community with the government. NYC nightlife is estimated to be a 10 billion dollar industry but the city is looking to expand on that. For comparison, London (which introduced a “night czar” in 2016) reportedly has a night economy of 34 billion.

Mayor de Blasio said that he would appoint the night mayor before the end of 2017, but still has yet to fill the position. McNamee suggested the announcement would likely come this week.

If this experiment works well to bolster the nightlife economy in NYC, we might see similar positions pop up in large Canadian cities in the next few years.



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Apex Social Club and Camden Cocktail Lounge from Clique Hospitality open this spring

Two new nightlife ventures coming to the Palms now have an opening date at the resort. Clique Hospitality’s Andy Masi, along with nightlife partners Ryan Labbe and Jason “JRoc” Craig, plan to open Apex Social Club and Camden Cocktail Lounge at the resort in mid-Ma, both part of the $485 million renovation plans there.

Apex Social Club takes over the former Ghostbar space on the 56th floor, converting 8,000-square-foot room with 180-degree views into an open-air boutique nightclub. Clique plans to add “one-of-a-kind art pieces” for a “sophisticated, upscale vibe.” The cocktail menu includes new concoctions along with age-old favorites and table-side bottle service.

At the entrance to the resort, Camden Cocktail Lounge takes over the former Social space with over-the-top cocktails. “Bartenders, all of them masters of mixology in their own right, will put their own whimsical spin on beloved classics or create new favorites for guest’s right before their very eyes.” A mix of live music and deejays drives the music.



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Earlier this year, legendary Manchester nightclub Sankeys closed after the building was sold off to developers wanting to turn it into flats. It was just one of a number of late night venues, pubs and clubs to have closed in the last few years as rising rents and property prices drive places out of business.

The facts are stark – according to the Association of Licensed Multiple Retailers (ALMR), which represents venues, there has been a near 3% drop in licensed hospitality premises in Great Britain since 2015. In London alone, nearly half of all nightclubs have closed in the past 10 years, while the capital has lost a quarter of its pubs since 2001 and 58 percent of its LGBT venues since 2006. In 2016, there were 19 London boroughs with no recorded LGBTQ venues. And with the night time economy worth £26 billion just in London, it’s a situation that can’t be ignored.

Paul Fletcher, previous owner of Sankey’s, highlights the cultural attraction of venues, citing fabled nightclub The Hacienda as a reason why people used to visit Manchester. He said: ‘Speaking from a Mancunian point of view its really important to keep music venues open. We’re basically famous for two things – music and football.

‘We have always had great music venues that have some great stories behind them which really has shaped the city and attracted people to Manchester. ‘It’s a cool place we have, a great identity and the music venues play a huge part of that. I don’t think its any coincidence we have the highest student population in Europe. ‘The amount of times I’ve heard people my age talk about how they came to Manchester for university or other reasons because of the Hacienda is unbelievable and I’ve heard the same thing about the current Manchester music scene.

‘It’s part of what attracts people to Manchester which in turn keeps creatives keep coming to the city, so the scene keeps evolving. ‘Our city’s rich heritage in music is unusual and such an asset and I genuinely feel that our council should be supporting certain venues in Manchester in a similar way to something that’s recently happened in Berlin.’

The city government in the German capital, which is known for its own famous clubbing scene, has promised €1 million to fund noise protection in clubs, meaning neighbours will not be bothered by noise from the venue or revelers. It’s a similar move that Amy Lame, appointed as London’s very first Night Czar last year, hopes to see implemented in London with the agent of change principle in the new draft London Plan. The policy means that any developers building near existing venues will be responsible for soundproofing them and designing sound reduction. ‘It’s a balance,’ she says. ‘London wasn’t built to be a sound proof city but everyone wants to come and enjoy the culture.’

She added: ‘This is the manifestation of something that’s been brewing for quite a long time and it’s going to take time to stem those flow of closures and reverses. ‘It’s not a quick fix solution. We’re changing things so it creates better opportunities for venues to thrive. These are the kinds of places that make London London. We have to resist this blandification.’

Amy, who celebrated her year anniversary as Night Czar at the beginning of November, is determined to stop these closures because the capital ‘is a global leader in this field’. ‘I would challenge any other city to match it, especially in terms of diversity,’ she said. ‘That’s one of our strongest points, there’s something for everyone. We ignore this at our peril. ‘I don’t want to see it happening. I want us to get to a place where we can see green shoots of growth, we need to stabilise, we need to create conditions where entrepreneurs can take risks and open up new venues.

‘There’s an economic, cultural and human argument. We want the stars of the future which not only bring joy but are also a huge economic driver to our city. ‘There’s a talent pipeline. If they’re closed people don’t have places to play and we could end up economically poor and culturally poor and it will be a less interesting place to live.

‘It’s also a huge draw for visitors. We’re known around the world for our cultural offering. It’s incredible that people outside the UK see pubs as part of our culture, and I think we need to shift our value of that as well.’ But is it as bad as it all seems? Paul says Manchester initially struggled with larger capacity venues monopolising the city, which made it difficult for medium sized venues to survive. But, he says, this has helped it to diversify. ‘I think there will always be a “scene”, especially in cities like Manchester where it seems to be ingrained into our culture,’ he said. ‘The city is certainly more vibrant and diverse then it ever has been, there are more venues and nights than ever before.

‘The smaller venues seem to be becoming more popular again with the development of new bars around the city, with some great small basement spaces as well, so I think on that tip the nightlife in Manchester is still healthy, it’s just ever changing.’ Amy points towards the reopening of Fabric, along with the scrapping of the controversial form 696 and the fight to keep the Joiners Arms an LGBT venue, as successes in her first year.

But she warns it’s only the start, and says the new draft London Plan is a step towards stemming the flow of closures. ‘I feel very proud and pleased with the way things have gone but there’s also a lot more work to be done,’ she added. Printworks, a 6,000 capacity venue in Surrey Quays, London, is undoubtedly a success story. Vibration Group strategy and creative director Simeon Aldred tells ‘I think there is a lot of pressure out there for sure.

‘It might be dire if you don’t change with the market. Music, fashion, the arts change so rapidly. I guess if your frame stays static you are going to struggle to present the latest trend and offer new thought and cultural leadership.’ Simeon says people don’t want a one dimensional venue anymore, they are looking for spaces that cater to a number of different acts, one reason why Printworks is thriving.

He said: ‘We’re all about partnerships. We have worked with some of the best promoters, creatives and designers to bring London a bold, new space that everyone was asking for. ‘People don’t want a one dimensional venue, they want to go to a space that acts differently each time they engage. Whether it’s an electronic music show, food event, theatre or the royal ballet, our space is designed to be a canvas for all. ‘We have a bold new venue strategy and are looking to bring to market a number of large new spaces for London. We are convinced London wants more space that Londoners feel is theirs.

‘We have found spaces that evolve into something new, something usable.’ He says the venue has received ‘100% community support’, and is humbled by the support the project has been given. ‘It’s given us confidence in the UK arts and culture market and that our audience want new, exciting experiences,’ he adds.


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Berlin's nightlife is getting an unlikely supporter from its town hall, which is stepping in to defend its legendary techno scene.

It’s a familiar story across the Western world: a heated property market and complaints from the neighbours are squeezing nightlife in the big city. But in Berlin — known for its nightlife and understated cool — the town hall is stepping in to defend its legendary techno scene.

“Techno culture has given so much to Berlin. Using some taxpayer money to support it is the least we can do,” says local Greens party lawmaker Georg Koessler, the initiative’s most ardent supporter. City representatives are set to approve on Thursday a million-euro ($1.2 million) fund to cover soundproofing and additional staff to cool partygoers’ exuberance, a big gesture for the chronically indebted administration.

They hope the cash can help brake a wave of closures that have struck in recent years. Since 2011, 170 clubs have shut down their lasers, sound systems and smoke machines for good. That leaves some 500 for the 3.5 million people of Germany’s largest city and the armies of tourists disgorged from trains, planes and buses each weekend — more than 12.7 million in 2016, according to official statistics.

“Politicians used to talk about Berlin clubs as something nice on the fringes,” 32-year-old Koessler — who still calls himself a dedicated clubber — points out. “But very surprisingly, even our opponents in the (conservative) CDU are suddenly very passionate about this subject, which they call the ‘night economy’,” he adds.
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Many clubs sprang up after German reunification in 1990 in derelict or abandoned industrial spaces in the once-divided city’s east. Now with 30 years of experience, club owners won’t limit themselves to waiting around for one-off handouts from city authorities. “We’re aware of the power we have, so we press home the benefit the city draws from us, from tourism to the property market to startups,” says Lutz Leichsenring, spokesman for the Club Commission which counts some 220 of the city’s best-known establishments among its ranks.

The latest campaign is for recognition as artistic venues, which could grant techno havens a seven percent VAT rate rather than the 19% paid by bars and restaurants. Such cash incentives underpin noble sentiments about keeping the sacred techno flame alight. “We want to stay on the sharp edge of contemporary music culture,” says Leichsenring.

“If you’re offering ‘free entry for ladies’ or ‘buy one get one free’ on beer, we’re (Club Commission) not going to spring to your defence.” Techno pilgrimage site Berghain was the first to talk its tax rate down in 2016, convincing the state that clubgoers came for its line-ups of star DJs rather than booze, sex and drugs.

But Leichsenring argues that securing a tax break would be even more important for smaller venues without thousands besieging their doors each weekend. “Big clubs like Berghain, which employs 200 people, are at least profitable, they can rely on their box office and the bar,” he says.

Nurturing art means clubs have to take risks, also musically speaking, and taking risk is always an economic question that’s especially off-putting for those only just clinging to life, Leichsenring said.

Without the economic security to test out exciting new musical departures, the edgy, avant-garde feel that made Berlin nights out legendary across Europe and beyond could disappear.

Squeezed out?

Both supply of and demand for world-class nightlife remain in abundance in the city on the river Spree for now. But the Club Commission worries that mass party tourism, insistent noise complaints and inexorably rising rents will push the city past its peak and into terminal decline. The gathering pace of gentrification in the capital could be “the death of clubs”, Leichsenring fears.

Families on the balconies of their new-build apartment blocks are often loath to endure the beats pulsing endlessly into the night from graffiti-spattered former warehouses or factories. Politicians should, however, remember the economic contribution that partying makes to the cash-strapped capital, the Club Commission insists.

“Let’s be honest, young people aren’t coming to Berlin at weekends in such numbers because there are nice shopping centres,” Leichsenring points out.


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Creative Footprint will undertake a study of New York's music scene, which they plan to use to advise the city's new office of nightlife.

The Creative Footprint studies the health and vitality of a city's music scene using three indices—space, content and framework conditions. Their studies are largely data based, with numbers from a variety of sources, including proprietary statistics from Resident Advisor. The initiative rates a given city's footprint out of ten (for example, Berlin was awarded an 8.2), and offers findings with the aim of helping governments and regulators assess and improve their music scenes.

The organization has launched a Kickstarter campaign to help fund their New York City action plan. The funds are in place for the actual measuring, but Creative Footprint also plan to put on a conference called NightCamp in March of next year. Their idea for the conference is to disseminate useful data and information that could be used to influence the agenda of New York's newly minted office of nightlife.

New York City passed a bill to create the new nightlife office this past summer, which will feature a nightlife director similar to the night mayor or night czar of other major cities. Creative Footprint itself was founded by two these figures—Amsterdam's night mayor Mirik Milan, and Lutz Leichsenring, from the board of Berlin's Clubcommission.

For more on Creative Footprint's New York campaign, check out their Kickstarter.
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Need some place special for the next parent’s night out? Consider Hamburg.

The German city, which typically isn’t atop the list of travelers, has been named the best night out in the world in a survey of 4,100 people by hostel-booking platform Hostelworld. Hamburg got the nod for its welcoming atmosphere, excellent public transportation, the closeness of major attractions and the welcoming nature of its people. Copenhagen, Berlin, Dublin and Amsterdam rounded out the top five.

“The results of this study have been fascinating,” said Marek Mossakowski, Global Head of Brand at Hostelworld. “We know young travelers are increasingly venturing off the beaten track to uncover unique experiences, and this study demonstrates this.”

Big cities, the ones most people flock to, actually fared pretty poorly in the survey. London was 26th. Rome came in 39th. And Tokyo was 41st.

Big U.S. cities represented themselves much better than big European hotspots, though. San Francisco came in at number six on the study, as the site said it offers “every type of night out for every type of traveler.” And New York came in 10th for its wide variety of food, drink and nightlife—though the site did note it’s not a city known for its friendliness.

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