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Thoughts on the future of nightlife in the era of COVID-19 (Opinion)


In a recent article posted to Medium, MEPTIK crew member Nicholas Rivero makes a compelling case for the thought that the live music entertainment industry may be changed forever by the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, particularly in the case of shuttering nightclubs and massives. Rivero also rightfully states that “More importantly, there’s the question of, ‘when will it be safe to gather?'” 

Rivero points out an example from the restaurant industry: “Between offering curbside pickup options, embracing delivery only, and even selling liquor to-go, they’re finding ways to adapt and innovate. The live event scene would be wise to follow such an example of ingenuity and creativity — and to an extent it has, with efforts such as drive-in raves and paid livestreams

A little closer to home for us in the Pacific Northwest, Seattle’s iconic Re-Bar nightclub had to shutter after 30 years in operation (however, they do have plans to reopen in 18 months). Meanwhile, the Hospitality Vancouver Association has warned of the permanent closure of all but 10% of the BC city’s nightclubs, despite funding efforts by the provincial and federal governments alike.

We should also bear in mind that as the danger passes, event capacities will gradually increase; so, club shows will be allowed long before festivals with thousands in attendance.

On a final, hopeful note we should remember that the electronic music scene is, by nature, highly adaptable and fluid. This is a time to rest, recuperate and plan for a massive return and what the future may bring for us.

What are your ideas on how to support our local venues in this time of turmoil? Let us know in the comments, Twitter or Instagram!

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  1. Leslie Krause

    June 26, 2020 at 3:35 pm

    I’m planning to relaunch my Club Equinox virtual nightclub project which I began in 2001 and put on hiatus in 2004 after getting a real-life DJ residency at a local bar. I think the oasis is finally here, and true to the spirit of clubbing, it will be a place where everyone belongs, with no judgment.

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