In nightclubs around the world, the once crowded dance floor has been empty for months. If you need to be reminded, clubbing is the activity of close communication: people drink, hug, kiss, and usually attack each other’s private areas until early in the morning.
And while the chances of escape and some steam escaping after global lockdowns due to the coronavirus epidemic may be welcomed, the current situation creates problems for nightlife. How can people safely hit the dance floor while respecting new social distance systems?
Some initial attempts to reopen clubs and live music venues have provided a clue as to what the future holds for nightlife. In China, where nightclubs have reopened, attendees register and register before entering their personal information to make it easier to find contacts. Che places offer extra warnings such as disposable cups and hourly bathroom disinfectants.
In Shanghai, nightlife workers wear masks and keep bars and clubs sterile for patrons. Credit: Hector Retamal / AFP / Getty Images
“Fear is the challenge,” said Shane Davis, co-founder and creative director of Brooklyn Venue Public Records, via video chat. “It’s the fear of the unknown, the fear of being among people you don’t necessarily believe.”
Over the decades, nightclubs and raves have awakened a sense of community in times of social or political upheaval, often enriched by limitations and restraint.
19 In the 1970s, New York City discs offered a safe haven for LGBTQ visibility; In 1988, rebel and hezonalistic acid house groups ousted the UK and gave birth to a whole new music movement; In the 1990s, German techno prospered after the fall of the Berlin Wall, uniting the country’s once isolated youth.
Although Many venues will struggle to sway without power every weekend, looking as if design, technology and some creative stealth can help people reshape how they come back to the nightclub, even if no touches are allowed. 2020 and beyond could go some way for the party.
A new wave in the old style
“What we designed didn’t become a piece of medical equipment,” said creative director Miguel Risuio. “Because then it doesn’t do anything that makes you happy but down.” Credit: Production Club, Inc.
Creative director Miguel Riciano said: “We’ve decided that we need to find a way to get things back – not in a year but tomorrow.” Recognizing the history of club culture and clothing, Riccio and his team chose a neon-enhanced future design.
“What we designed didn’t become a piece of medical equipment,” he said. “Because then it doesn’t do anything that makes you happy but down.”
The production club hopes to drop their first party with Microshell by the end of the year. Credit: Production Club, Inc.
Dancing in the open air
As Spain eases its lockdown, it will allow the country to operate indoor spaces with a maximum of 60 people – often a redundant capacity for places like hundreds or thousands of patrons – and 600 people outdoor spaces. Ticket prices may rise as a result. In the case of the Coconut Beach Party, which only offered 100 people to enter, tickets cost 70 euros ($$ USD) per ticket.
Drive-in events have extended directly to music and theater outside of film. There are 200 cars parked to watch German DJ Ali Farben perform in the German forest. Credit: Andreas Rent / Getty Images
Drivers are also drawn to a field in the forest where DJ France Zimmer aka Al Farben performed a series of car concerts inspired by the need for social distance in “Bonleev Autoconcert”.
Virtual stream and auditorium
Until people can feel free to return to dance indoors, clubs need to figure out how to adjust to social distance arrangements. “The dance floor will adapt,” Davis said. “It may not be the same dance floor with people (wearing) masks but it can be a completely different experience.”
Ketter Blue, a nightclub in Berlin, took part in “United We Stream”, an attempt by musicians, promoters and clubs in the city in March to try to keep Like Music locked up. Credit: John McDougall / AFP / Getty Images
New York City is still at least a month away from reopening music venues, at least, but other international venues will face the same challenge to operate under the new city law. What Davis doesn’t want is to abandon the consciousness of public records – which is hampered by over-supervised, limited-capacity events.
“Being around strangers and exciting others” “The beauty of nightlife … it’s an element of that opportunity,” Davis said. “If we can’t get that level of experience, if we can’t, we’ll do something completely different.”