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In conversation with the people trying to save the Dublin club scene

14.9.2019

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In conversation with the people trying to save the Dublin club scene

The capital appears to be booming, with more and more hotels, apartment buildings and office blocks popping up all over the city centre.

For a start, all agreed that the club scene is in a bad way.

(co-creator of monthly disco night Lime & Fancy) tells us.

"I was never really a Camden Street or Harcourt Street person so I'm loath to call any of those places nightclubs. I was a big Twisted Pepper attendee back in the day and I miss Crawdaddy so much. That place was my youth. I enjoyed going to District 8 to see the likes of Jon Hopkins, Kiasmos, Jon Talabot and anything that Mother put on there, even though it was mostly not accessible to wheelchairs users. I haven't been to Jam Park yet but I think we've got something tasty cooking up there."

"For some odd reason, many owners would rather take their chances with an insanely competitive late bar market than deal with any sort of dancefloor. This makes no real sense but that’s Dublin 2019.

Talking to the organisers, it is clear that there are a lot of similarities between the nights - focusing on one genre of music, free in, gaining popularity thanks to social media and word of mouth and filled with fun, eclectic crowds - and they were all set up when the people behind them got a little fed up with not being provided a club night they wanted to attend, so they decided to create it themselves.

With the influx of Wetherspoons and other "branded" bars, there is less and less room for unique, individual nights in Dublin as the club scene descends further into monotony. Is there something that can be done to stop it from getting any worse?

"If we had a Night Mayor, we'd be able to give Dublin nightlife the boost it needs to become world class. I truly believe that. We have the talent but we don't have the space. How amazing would it be to actually have options at a weekend?"

, and it would be their job to "protect and enhance our night time culture and develop a Dublin Cultural Manifesto".

"But it would be great if things could be shaken up a bit and you could have more nights run by girls, etc. People that aren't necessarily 'Aces faces about town', but people who have ideas."

The Bernard Shaw on Richmond Street, which will close its doors for good next month

"People dig the music, and the way it's in an Irish bar adds to the weird but fun and different vibe.

The crowd are there to dance and have a good time. That's the vibe."

"The Pride Edition of Pure Shores was incredible. There was so much going on in Dublin that night and it really warmed our cockles to see so many people there and giving it socks. We play a mix of pop, R&B and filthy remixes and I love watching people's reactions to songs because you never know what we're gonna throw out.

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