UK Clubland’s Existential Licensing Crisis
“A good example is what happened with the ID scanner. We were in situations where we had to have it on from 7pm on a Friday: that was mandatory.
And it would be playing up, and the police would be there going, ‘Well, we might have to go to a licensing review’.” (Guardian)
UK Night Time Industries Association chief Alan Miller describes one of the ‘ever-more stringent licensing rules’ which forced him to close Brick Lane’s Vibe Bar (and pose an existential threat to the rest of British nightlife according to the Guardian).