In the major centres of the world, there are half as many nightclubs as there were a decade ago. There are various contributing factors: healthier lifestyles; entertainment that meets the demands of the experience economy; new trends in liquor and stiffer legislation in liquor licences. Greg Walsh launched G&G Productions in 2003-04 promoting under-18 parties in nightclubs. He has witnessed the demise of nightclubs and responded by shifting into the festival space. "The clubbing scene is almost all but dead, and it’s not just music events and festivals that have caused this. There are tons of new trendy bars and restaurants offering that party feeling," Walsh says. "The world of craft beer, craft gin, boutique wine and whiskey events are all having an impact. The dance market may still be growing, but the rate at which economic spending and partying is growing, is being outstripped by the number of new possibilities of where to spend it." The African premium market is one demographi...

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