Waiting for the night (still)…

Back in the mid-2000s, Ray O’Connor invited me to write a few articles for a new dance magazine, Slick DJ, he was launching. Sadly, the magazine didn’t make it past its tenth issue (correct me if I’m wrong, Ray), but it was a fun ride while it lasted, and as a budding journalist (at the time) it was great to have the space to ‘go deep’ into some of the issues of the day…

This article, which came on the back of the UK introducing 24-hour licensing, examined whether Ireland could ever experience the same openness to licensing laws, and profiled Give Us The Night, a collective led by now internationally-renowned techno DJ Sunil Sharpe, which sought to bring the issue of early closing into the public consciousness.

I also had the chance to speak to the assistant manager of the now-defunct Cocoon Club in Frankfurt, who assured me that the laws were a little looser in Germany when it came to chucking-out time…

“The closing time is 5am, but we have a permit exclusive for Cocoon Club that means we do not have to close. We could, in theory, open 24 hours. We don’t, but we could…”


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