Series 14 Vol 1 No 2 (2018)
Articoli

More day in the night? The gentrification of London’s night-time through clubbing

Alessio Kolioulis
The Bartlett Development Planning Unit, University College London, London WC1H 9EZ, UK

Published 2019-07-11

Keywords

  • electronic dance music culture,
  • gentrification,
  • London,
  • night-time economy,
  • technoculture

How to Cite

Kolioulis, A. (2019). More day in the night? The gentrification of London’s night-time through clubbing. Bollettino Della Società Geografica Italiana, 1(2), 207-218. https://doi.org/10.13128/bsgi.v1i2.536

Abstract

Since the 1990s, dance cultures played a key role in revitalizing post-industrial cities. As recent research indicates a correlation between the closure of music venues and gentrification processes, few studies explore how nightclubs are a central part of urban regeneration. The proposed article uses a governmentality framework to assess London’s 24-hour City Vision and the business model of a new mega-club, Printworks, funded by estate giant British Land, arguing that London’s attempt to ‘save nightlife’ requires a better understanding of the dynamic between the night-time economy and urban planning.