Friday, January 16, 2004

Over on the Trance Republic forum, Centro has kindly offered us free entry for the upcoming Space 2020 event: Yukun vs. Matt Darey (for which I won't be in the country for if everything goes according to plan). While members of the forum generally reacted with gratitude, there have been quite a few who said, "Thanks but... could-you-give-us-one-for-one-drinks-all-night/free-entry-every-Wednesday/etc.?" What the heck?

I mean, Centro's already offering free entry - and even if you had to pay, it's not as if you don't get anything along with the cover charge. You still get a drink coupon or two, which are exchangeable for perfectly serviceable drinks.

Over in London, all clubs charge cover, and they don't give you drinks. In fact, I usually paid 15 pounds to go clubbing on a Friday night over at Fabric or Heaven. Drinks would be in the region of 4 to 5 pounds, and even though it was terribly expensive, I still didn't mind that much - because the atmosphere was really good. Not to mention the people. Clubbers in London are awesome. They're not poseurs. They're genuinely there to have fun - with or without the aid of chemical enhancements.

In addition, after watching 24 Hour Party People, where clubs - nice, good large ones - went bankrupt because people were just taking drugs and not buying drinks. Clubs couldn't sell drugs so obviously they weren't getting any income, so sooner or later, without any revenue streams, clubs have to shut down.

I'm not saying we can't all have our own wishes - obviously the less you pay for a good night out, the better it is for you - but still... spare a thought for the club. Once it closes, you'll be sorry. Be thankful for what you've got and don't be so greedy! Don't be so... Singaporean.

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