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Belfast appoints first-ever night czar, Michael Stewart

Stewart has been involved in the city's hospitality industry for a number of years, and owns a local business

Belfast has appointed its first-ever night czar, Michael Stewart. The appointment was announced this week, with Stewart saying he aims to address areas such as...

Ava Festival 2021.

Applications for the new role are open until 20th May

Belfast is getting its first-ever city centre Night Czar. Belfast One Belfast's Business Improvement District (BID) has teamed up with the Cathedral Quarter BID and...

Brighton student wins £39,000 grant to build nightclub in Kenya

Holly Lester and Boyd Sleator, founders of the Northern Ireland night-time economy campaign Free The Night, have also secured funds to produce a documentary and report in support of their local nightlife scene

A Brighton University student has won €50,000, or £39,000, to build a mobile music studio and nightclub in his hometown of Nairobi, Kenya. Jesse Mwenda...

Northern Ireland's Free The Night campaign launches nightlife survey

It's hoped that the not-for-profit organisation's survey will help advocate for more progressive licensing policies

Northern Ireland-based nightlife advocacy organisation Free The Night has launched a new nationwide survey on the nightlife industry. It's hoped that information shared via the...

Throughout the pandemic, grassroots activists and nightlife representatives have worked tirelessly to create a more sustainable, accessible and protected environment for dance music. DJ Mag...

Bristol has had an advisory night-time panel since 2018, where nightclubs meet with people from licensing, planning and musician’s unions. It’s one thing to have...

A programme of high-profile events is now promised, alongside investment to improve and expand existing infrastructure

Belfast has been awarded the title UNESCO City of Music, making the Northern Irish capital the third UK location to be honoured with the accolade...

'Visions Vol. 1' is a globetrotting, genre-hopping affair

A new compilation is coming out on Duality Trax.

Founded by Belfast-based DJ and producer Holly Lester, the label will release 'Visions Vol. 1'...

Opening times in the country are the most restrictive across the UK and Europe

A new campaign has been launched to support the Northern Irish night-time economy.

Launched today (17th June) Free The Night was created to push for...