The London borough of Hackney is one of the capital's most vibrant spots, boasting countless bars, venues and nightclubs.
However a proposed by-law from Hackney council could curb the area's nightlife. According to the proposal, bars would have to close at 11pm on weekdays and midnight on weekends - with nightclubs and music venues labelled as "inappropriate".
Emma Plouviez, chair of the council’s licensing committee, said: “The proposed changes to the licensing policy do not mean that we won’t grant new licenses. They provide guidelines intended to help secure well-managed, appropriate and attractive venues in all the different areas of Hackney.”
Fans have begun to campaign against the proposed by-law, and you can get involved HERE.
In response to the proposals, Phil Hutcheon, Founder and CEO of DICE, said:
"Hackney is one of the most vibrant cultural hubs in the UK. Its nightlife has given birth to a wealth of creatives, musicians and artists. The proposals the council have put forward are draconian. They don't account for the interests of the people who live and work here; people who have been drawn to the area precisely because of it's unique nightlife. It's not just license holders that will be affected, there'll be a knock on impact on other industries too. Companies like DICE wouldn't exist if it wasn't for the borough's thriving music scene."
Public consultation closes on August 14th.