A march through London in support of the capital’s nightlife is set to take place tomorrow (Saturday, October 8), with thousands of people set to participate.
Organised by events and promotional agency Meoko, the company has issued a call to arms to protect London’s nightlife in the wake of several London venue and club closures, including Fabric, which closed its doors last month following the drug-related deaths of two teenagers.
The march will start at Hoxton Square at 1pm and finish at London Fields around 4pm.
Guest speakers will address the crowd at the end of the march, outlining the importance of nightlife to Britain’s economy and culture. Among the speakers is Alan D Miller from the Night Time Industries Association.
“The sudden closure of London’s most prolific clubbing venue has sparked a wave of unity across London’s nightlife community and beyond,” said Meoko.
“Meoko has been working hard to unite spirits during this difficult time and has managed to set a peaceful protest in place in hopes to save and protect our culture. We need to protect the sacred place where we gather, where we feel alive and where we fall in love. The places where we release our energy and where it gives us the motivation to go back to work on Mondays. The places where we come together as a whole, as a community. The places where we get inspired and the places where we can create.”
The march’s Facebook page states:
“Because our culture made us who we are. We are all different and our culture reflects this.
"However we all have one thing in common, each and everyone of us wouldn’t be who we are today without the clubs, the bars the art galleries, the festivals, the concerts, the raves, the venues & the parties.
"We need to protect the sacred place where we gather, where we feel alive & where we fall in love. The places where we release our energy and where it gives us the motivation to go back to work on Mondays. The places where we come together as a whole, as a community. The places where we get inspired & the places where we can create.
"The government need to step up and defend the millions of people’s right to our culture.
“Our culture is under treat, UK nightlife is under threat. Strict licensing laws, unchecked housing development in historically late night areas and a lack of awareness about the benefits of nightlife culture have led to a 50% decrease in venues across the country.
"Enough is enough.
"We can only change things if we unite for this common goal.
"BRING ON THE FIGHT!”