A Room Full of Two Hundred Friends

clubsClubbing and dance music have always ridden the edges between catalysing liberation and commercialising escapism, existing in a kind of subcultural tug-of-war between soul and money. 2014 was a bad year for quality clubs, with a number of legendary venues across Europe closing and others being squeezed by gentrification and property speculation.

Adam Bychawski explores the issues currently facing clubbing communities while Ade Fakile and Sam Shepherd reminisce about the unique experience that was the recently closed Plastic People.

[Photograph: Ben Williams]

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