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"In our 24/7 city—the birthplace of hip-hop, salsa and disco — the freedom to dance is essential"

New York City is set to reform its zoning laws, overturning antiquated dancing and club licensing restrictions. Dubbed 'City of Yes for Economic Opportunity', the...

Massive Attack cancel Georgia concert

"We stand in solidarity with peaceful protesters in Georgia defying state violence"

Massive Attack have cancelled their upcoming gig in Georgia in protest of what they describe as an "attack on basic human rights" by the country's...

Sadiq Khan DJs at youth club ahead of London mayoral election

The footage dropped ahead of today's mayoral election

Sadiq Khan has appeared behind the decks at a London youth club. The footage, fshared by The Telegraph, shows the London Mayor paying a “mini-set”...

UK dance music industry pens open letter urging young people to vote

Over six million young people did not vote in the last election

Numerous figures from across the UK dance music industry have signed an open letter urging young Brits to vote. The letter comes in the wake...

Birmingham City Council budget cuts arts and culture

The authority must plug a £300 million deficit and sell £1.25 billion in assets 

Cultural institutions in Birmingham are facing major cuts to funding following a draft budget document published earlier this week by the City Council, which effectively...

Cover of The Bars Are Ours on a red background

The new book documents queer nightlife across various US cities

A new book that explores the past and present of queer nightlife in the United States has been released. Published last month via Duke University...

Mdou Moctar launches crowdfunder to stay in United States amid Nigerien military coup

Tuareg guitarist Mdou Moctar has launched a GoFundMe campaign in the hope of raising enough money for him and two of his Nigerien bandmates to...

Ireland clubs soundproofing

Overall, €2 million is to be made available for eligible night clubs and venues

Clubs in Ireland are set to receive funding for soundproofing through a newly launched government initiative. Catherine Martin TD, Minister for Tourism, Culture, Arts, Gaeltacht...

UK Drug checking

Trained testers were not allowed to operate in a last-minute u-turn that has sent shockwaves across the events industry

A Home Office requirement for drug-checking service providers at UK festivals to apply for a special licence has alarmed promoters and organisers as the summer...

Samrai LINDT Raheel Khan Oil Money

Landing on a brand new label, Sangha Industries

Manchester's Samrai has drafted vocals from LINTD and input from sound artist and musician Raheel Khan for a new single, 'Oil Money'. You can hear...

Balraj Samrai and Farah Ahmad Khan Planet People Power

The track explores the impact of climate change on diaspora communities

Balraj Singh Samrai and Farah Ahmad Khan's 'Planet People Power' has been given a new remix by British-Tamil producer GoldTooth. Listen below. The original 11-minute...

Poligraf Yerevan raid

Staff and attendees were thrown to the floor, beaten, and strip searched

Poligraf, a leading club in the Armenian capital of Yerevan, has launched a petition campaigning for public support following a raid by authorities this weekend...

Charisse Beaumont Black Lives in Music

The organisation wants mandatory annual pay gap reporting to be published alongside commitments to address disparities

The founders of Black Lives in Music (BLiM) have called on UK politicians to intervene and level out gender and ethnicity pay gaps within the...

RadioAlhara Iranian solidarity

Women and non-binary Iranian artists will deliver live performances, host panels and present music shows

Palestinian station Radio AlHara is broadcasting two 12-hour specials today and tomorrow, Thursday 29th and Friday 30th September 2022, to show solidarity with ongoing protests...

berlinHistory ClubHistory

More than 80 venues covering 60 years of history are included, along with insights into the significance of the city's subcultures and battle with gentrification

A new project has been launched by the app berlinHistory and Berlin Clubcommission documenting now-defunct clubs from the last 60 years of nightlife in the...

Crossbreed Klub Verboten

An "outdated and moralistic license condition" is being used to "prohibit nudity and semi-nudity in safeguarded venues"

London sex-positive and queer club nights Crossbreed and Klub Verboten have been threatened with legal action by Tower Hamlets Council. Authorities are "relying on an...

New documentary on Don Letts, legendary punk and reggae filmmaker and DJ, to be released next month

Rebel Dread sets the pioneering artist's story against a backdrop of systemic racism in UK politics

A new documentary about British punk and reggae filmmaker, DJ and musician Don Letts is set to be released next month. Watch the trailer for...

"May you continue to shine like a diamond and bring honour to your nation by your words, by your actions"

Rihanna has been named a National Hero in Barbados, as the Caribbean nation became the world's newest republic on 30th November 2021, 55 years after...

Produced by Black Milk and taken from the forthcoming tenth album, which will land next year

Cypress Hill have shared a new track, 'Open Ya Mind', complete with video. 

The song, which was produced by Black Milk, is taken from the...

'Midnight Frontier' takes a deep dive into one of the world's most politically significant techno venues 

A documentary about LGBTQI+ activism, centred on the world-famous Tbilisi club Bassiani, has now been released online. 

'Midnight Frontier' was produced in 2019 by Peter...