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These are the talking point from this year's International Music Summit.

Clubs Are Still At Risk

Despite the introduction of a Night Mayor, support for organisations such as the Night-Time Industries Association and generally positive media coverage, the rate of club closures is accelerating. While this is a global trend, the problem is particularly acute in the UK, where the number of nightclubs fell by 21% in th2 12 months to December 2018, compared to a 1% decline per year between 2013 and 2017.

And The Industry Is Divided On How To Fix The Problem

In a debate chaired by Resident Advisor, asking Is "Clubland Heading In The Right Direction?" Representatives from several threatened and closed clubs including Londons' Fabric and New York's Output, highlighted just how precarious running a club in 2019 is. A litany of problems was covered, but unfortunately, few solutions could be reached.

Dance / Electronic Is The World's 3rd Most Popular Genre

An IFPI survey ranked Dance / Electronic as the World’s 3rd most popular music genre, behind Pop and Rock with 32% of people saying they typically listen to it. Applying this to the global population of 16-64-year-olds would mean an estimated 1.5 billion people typically listen to Dance / Electronic.

Female Techno DJs Play More Festivals Than Anyone In Music

Female Techno DJs dominated the festival circuit in 2018. Analysis by Festicket shows that Nina Kraviz played twice as many festivals as the leading band, The Killers, with 35 in total. Amelie Lens and Charlotte de Witte also feature in the Top 5.

Festivals Are Becoming More Equal

While analysis by the American music magazine, Pitchfork, showed that only 19% of festival artists were female in 2018 (a 14% increase on 2017), over 150 of the biggest festivals on the planet have pledged to have 50% female artists by 2022.

Techno Isn't As Popular In Berlin As You Think

In perhaps the biggest shock of the whole conference, it was revealed that Techno is not the most popular genre in Berlin. A study by the Berlin Club Commission found that it was only the third most played genre in the city's clubs, trailing behind House at #1 and Indie Rock & Pop at #2. 

The Industry Needs To Do More For Mental Health

Underlined by an emotional interview with Avicii's father, Klas Bergling, Recent Record Union survey concluded that 73% of independent musicians have experienced negative emotions, with 33% of those having panic attacks as a result. The causes of this included fear of failure, financial instability and pressure to succeed.

Ibiza Has Reconfigured

There's been somewhat of an exodus in Ibiza this year. Defected and Toolroom have joined forces to rebrand the previously derided West side of the island, while Amnesia Stalwarts, Cocoon and Music On have jumped to Pacha. 

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Matthew Francey

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