3 Minute Monday
I survived Ibiza.
It was nice to get away but definitely still feels like a hugely nerfed version of what an Ibiza holiday should be.
Temperature checks, masks in taxis and at restaurants, no standing or dancing in bars, no nightclubs open at all.
While Europe is still very much in the grips of restrictions, everything gets lifted today in the UK.
Given that nightlife has been my main industry for 15 years, I thought I’d give you a bit of an insight into how it’s been over the last year and what to expect moving forward.
Nightclubs open in the UK today.
Fully, without limitation for the first time in 16 months.
In fact, some venues opened at 1 minute past midnight this morning running “Freedom Parties”.
And every event we run this week is looking like it will be sold out.
The Government has advised nightlife operators to ask for the NHS Covid pass (vaccine passport) or a negative test result upon entry.
This won’t happen anywhere.
Until it’s made mandatory.
It already takes long enough to get people into a venue.
As a promoter, if you choose to make customers wait 3 times longer because you add restrictions, those people will just attend a competitor’s venue who doesn’t enforce them.
The problem here is that the nightlife industry can’t really win.
If a club decides to implement restrictions then they’ll be less competitive up against other venues who don’t.
If we don’t implement restrictions and the cases go up, then the entire industry will be maligned for being irresponsible and risking people’s health.
Also, the majority of our core crowd cannot possibly have a Covid passport from the vaccine yet because they’ve not been offered two jabs.
That means they have to have a test 2 days before to get one which just isn’t a reasonable request to make of people.
Plus, it feels like we’ve been forgotten for the last year so the nightlife industry is hardly going to embrace getting armchair-guidance from politicians.
The government says it’s spent billions supporting the cultural sector through the pandemic.
I don’t know where that’s gone, but there’s not a single nightlife operator I know who has received a sizeable grant.
The night time economy is the 5th biggest in the UK.
Bigger than steel, bigger than the fisheries, both of whom got tons of support.
Don’t forget that Brexit was held up for months arguing about fishing – £1.6bn.
Nightlife is responsible for 8% of the UK’s employment and annual revenues of over £66bn.
More than half of nightclub employees have lost their jobs during Covid.
In the past 6 years, a quarter of clubs have already closed and I literally can’t find the stats on how many have shut in the last year because there’s probably so many closures.
Opening nightclubs in Denmark also correlated with an 800% increase in Covid cases.
So is this the right moment to bring clubbing back when cases are already rising steeply?
I really don’t know.
It’s not our place to decide that.
But after the last 16 months, most club promoters can’t afford to say no.
This week’s upcoming episodes:
Danny Trejo – the most recognisable and most killed man in Hollywood joins me to talk death row, Charles Manson, robbing, Con Air and saving Kiefer Sutherland from a psychopath.
Daniel Schmachtenberger – a 2-hour investigation into how to make sense of your world when there’s so much confusion. So so good. Make sure you’re focussed for this one.
Rupert Spira – a deep discussion into the nature of the self with a number of non-dual meditations and self-enquiry practices to follow along with. Banger.
THINGS I’VE LEARNED
Positive Covid cases make more sense in light of testing volume.
The UK is testing 1.2 million people a day.
Daily, that’s 4x as many as the next highest EU daily test numbers – France at 300,000.
And 17x as much as Italy at 70,000.
The UK’s share of total Covid-19 tests who tested positive is 2.3%.
Italy is 14%.
The United States is 7%.
Colombia is 21%.
The dating market is brutal.
Elizabeth Bruch, a professor of sociology at the University of Michigan recently analysed data from online dating.
Here are some things she discovered…
- Men’s desirability peaks at ages 40-50. But women’s desirability starts highest at age 18 and falls throughout their lifespan.
- Both men and women pursue partners who are on average about 25% more desirable than themselves.
- Women’s prospects dim as they achieve the highest level of education.
- A more educated man is almost always more desirable, on average: Men with postgraduate degrees outperform men with bachelor’s degrees; men with bachelor’s degrees beat high-school graduates.
- “But for women, an undergraduate degree is most desirable,” the study says. “Postgraduate education is associated with decreased desirability among women.”
- Almost no one messages users less desirable than they are. Everyone’s understanding of their place in the hierarchy is very accurate.
- Men experience lower reply rates when they write more positively worded messages.
Weed boosts other industries.
Analysis shows that states who have legalised marijuana see sales of crisps, ice cream and cookies increase by 5%.
The best photo filters on your phone.
VSCO is the best photo editing app I’ve found.
Many of the influencers you see with a beautifully curated feed are probably using it.
Free to download with tons of awesome presets already available.
Filter A5 is a killer.
The Modern Wisdom Reading List is finally with the designer and will be released very soon!