As English nightclubs get ready to open for the first weekend since March 2020, where ARE all the rabid anti-vaxxers? Surprisingly quiet, for a welcome change…

Given the sheer amount of noise that anti-vaxxers and their ilk can make, it’s understandable that a perception sometimes arises their numbers are big and their influence is substantial. Neither is true. Most people are somewhere in between – they want to enjoy themselves, but they also don’t want to spread a potentially dangerous virus.

Clubbers aren’t exempt from this. Hence why the response to a number of clubs across England – Circus in Liverpool being one example – requesting a negative test result or vaccine proof to enter the premises this weekend has been muted. No one particularly likes it, but many accept it’s what has to be done.

They cottoned onto the narrative that government will try to blame nightclubs for outbreaks long before the dance music press did, and probably before I did as well. And if outbreaks do start appearing in them, they’ll be used against nightclubs – in the short term as a piñata for politicians to divert the blame for their mistakes, and in the long term when licence applications in front of unsympathetic councils are assessed.

With that in mind, this advice from Jodie Harsh seems pretty sage…

If you’re going clubbing tonight, enjoy yourselves. And if you’re in Scotland, Northern Ireland or Wales, try not to get too jealous of your English cousins…