Understanding vaccine passport rules is enough to drive you to drink – and now government documents reveal not only could they do precisely that, but they could INCREASE Covid transmission rates too…

Every evening from around 10pm, the front pages of the following day’s newspapers start to come in. I occasionally have a look at them, and whilst taking a peep last night, I caught the front page of today’s Daily Telegraph. It featured the eye-catching headline of “Vaccine passports could push people to pubs”.

And it’s quite a good story, as it happens. Their journalist has seen a confidential document going around within government talking about the “economic and social impact of Covid certification”. The report in question has a revealing section in it, discussing one of the risks with the vaccine passport policy. This document relates to England – Scotland already has such a policy in place, and Wales has a policy of requesting a negative test or vaccine status.

The document reads “A core concern is that certification could displace activity and business away from music venues to, say, pubs with music and late alcohol licences… if certification displaces some fans from structured and well-ventilated sports stadia, this could lead to the, attending unstructured and poorly ventilated pubs instead where they will have access to more alcohol than if they were in the stadia.”.

In other words, people who are being turned away from nightclubs because they can’t prove their vaccine status or haven’t been vaccinated against Covid-19 are likely to go to pubs instead – because no proof will be requested there. And they’re going to get drunk, start putting their arms around everyone – and then start showing symptoms of Covid a week later. Or so the message appears to be here.

It’s also a problem for the pub trade. If contact tracers start reporting more and more cases are originating from pubs, the Government will eventually take notice. No one quite knows how they’d respond – and with enough uncertainty at the moment, more won’t help.

If vaccines stopped you from catching Covid and transmiting it, vaccine passports might be something I’d be prepared to tolerate. But as it stands, this has got to be one of the worst ideas that any modern government has ever pushed through…

Is THAT what DICE saw in Boiler Room? Survey by IFPI reveals 65% of people will continue to watch music live streams after the pandemic ends

There are some out there that would have you believe live streams will never catch on. You should question why these people are saying such things. Maybe it’s because they personally don’t like them. Maybe it’s because they feel it’s not the same as being physically present at an event. Or in some cases, these are people who are losing money because of the trend.

Whereas the truth is rather different. The first band to live stream their music online was Severe Tire Damage – and that was all the way back on 24th June 1993. The genie has been out of the bottle for nearly 30 years, and it’s not going back in.

And the pandemic has accelerated the trend. Many have liked what they’ve seen – a survey by the International Federation of the Phonographic Industry reveals 65% of those who have been watching live streams as Covid has gone around the world will continue doing so into the future. Yes, some people will undoubtedly think a live stream isn’t the same as being there in person – but have they stopped to consider that isn’t the point?

For every person out there who enjoys going to gigs and festivals, you’ll have someone who wants to go, but who finds the experience a real hassle. I speak from experience – when I’ve been out all day doing school runs, cooking meals, running this site and everything else, the last thing I want to do in the evening is sort out childcare and dress up to go out somewhere.

Most nights, I’m far happier at home with a cup of coffee. That choice came with a consequence in the past, but why does it still need to? Things move on. As far as I’m concerned, if you willingly choose to close yourself off to a potential new audience, that makes you an idiot.

When I consider all this, I start to realise exactly why Boiler Room was recently acquired by DICE. I have no explicit insider knowledge here, but my guess is DICE wants to add things onto Boiler Room’s streams – like the opportunity to buy merchandise. Something which often requires you to have physical cash in person – but something which can be done in just a few clicks online. Your only limit is your bank balance!

Although heaven only knows how much DICE will have to do to turn around a company with an £11million accumulated loss

Can you dance without a mask on when ordering a drink at the bar? Just some of the rules in place as Irish nightclubs reopen today – but those of you in Northern Ireland will have to wait another week!

Nightclubs are finally open again as of today in Ireland. For the past three months, a curious anomaly has been in place where if you lived on the island of Ireland and fancied going to a club, it meant a flight across the Irish Sea. They were closed on both sides of the border, with Stormont and Dublin showing little interest in reopening them.

So if you intend to go clubbing tonight in Dublin, Cork, Galway, Limerick or wherever, what rules do you have to follow? Well, for starters, you must be able to prove you’re double jabbed. Quite simply, if you’re not, you won’t be allowed in. I can’t help but suspect this is a policy which will soon ensure Garda Siochana* are busy trying to close down illegal raves, but I digress.

Elsewhere, you’ll need to wear a face mask. Except when drinking. You won’t need one whilst doing that. Or whilst having a dance. Capacity is restricted to 1500 people when standing up, but more if some people are sitting down. Quite how you ensure no more than 1500 people are on their feet at any one time is something the Taoiseach** has yet to explain.

Oh, and bar service is allowed once again. This one doesn’t just apply to nightclubs. However, people will need to put on a mask to go to the bar and order their drink, return to the table wearing the mask and take it off to actually drink the damn thing. And pretty much the only way to avoid having to wear a mask whilst ordering a drink at the bar is to dance whilst in the queue.

Which, by the way, you have to do in a socially distanced manner. Yes, you have to remain two metres apart in a queue for the bar. Which goes down to one meter if you’re wearing a mask, but goes up to two again if you’re dancing which means you won’t be wearing a mask. Because you’re dancing.

And none of these rules apply in Northern Ireland. Because it’s under different rules, where nightclubs remain closed until Halloween – but rest assured some civil servant in Belfast is writing all this stuff down and working out if they can make the Northern Irish rules even more baffling to follow.

After all that, I need to go and have a coffee. Extra shot of Baileys in this one, please!

* The official name for the Irish police. ** Irish term for Prime Minister.

We need more chips! The REAL reason that DJs are finding equipment in short supply – and despite what some journalists say, Brexit isn’t why!

You can always trust the dance music press to publish an article which correctly identifies a problem, but then fails to identify where the problem is coming from. This is precisely what happened on Tuesday, when Mixmag’s Gemma Ross wrote about how Brexit was to blame for the current shortage of DJ equipment.

As they used to say in the 1920s, close but no cigar. The biggest issue, in fact, is a worldwide shortage of computer chips, sometimes also called semiconductors. In early 2020, the pandemic forced China into lockdown and many of the factories making these semiconductors closed. During the next few months as the virus spread around the world, other manufacturers of computer chips were affected – thus meaning existing stocks were not being renewed.

The effect of having to move to working from home so quickly, and in so many different countries, was that far more computers were needed. So this depleted stock further. And these chips go into all kinds of electronic products – including the laptop, tablet or smartphone you’re most likely reading this article on.

Manufacturers are now working flat out to increase supply – but with the world reopening and being keen to avoid further lockdowns, it means the problem is going to take some time to resolve. This blog has little time for Brexit – being of the opinion it has caused more problems than it resolved – but citing it as a factor in a worldwide shortage is misleading, disingenuous and lazy…

The least surprising news you’ll read today? At least 19 people caught Covid at Berghain – but good luck tracing the thousands who were there!

A while ago, I had a few complaints from regular readers that this blog had been placed in an adult category by a few web shields – and it took a while to contact these various tech companies to get this resolved So I have to watch my words with this post – but a quick Google search will bring up details for the more perspicacious of you.

As we all know, German club Berghain is primarily about gay culture. And that culture can be expressed in a, shall we say, very direct way sometimes. I make no judgement on this – I’m simply stating that almost anything goes at the club. And yes, for some people, this also includes what I shall simply call horizontal refreshment.

It’s safe to say many of the activities – horizontal and otherwise – involve dispensing with the finer details of social distancing. And whilst some of them may indeed involve masks, these are typically not the sort you might normally wear in polite company.

So I wasn’t terribly surprised, with all that in mind, to discover through the German media that 19 cases of Covid have been linked to the club. According to the Berliner Morgenpost, some 2,500 people had to be contacted. They were advised to do lateral flow tests – or PCR tests if they showed symptoms.

Berghain declined to comment when contacted by the newspaper. Which was a somewhat more dignified response than a certain nameless nightclub had when this blog approached them…

The UK nightclub linked to a coronavirus cluster by the health authorities – and they’re threatening legal action on anyone who reports the details…

The British government might well be pretending that the pandemic is over. But here in the real world, most of us know otherwise. Over 43,000 new cases were confirmed across the UK yesterday. And like many, I find myself asking where all these cases are coming from.

Well, one nightclub in the UK – I’m afraid I can be no more precise than that – is wondering the same thing. They held an event a few weeks ago – as most nightclubs do – and all went well. There was no trouble on the night, a good time was had by all and the bar did a roaring trade. Management patted themselves on the back – until a phone call came in around ten days later.

It was from the public health authorities, claiming they had identified a large coronavirus cluster in the area – and information supplied by test and trace teams suggested it originated from this particular nightclub. As I understand, the owners of this particular club are known in the area for being rabid anti-vaxxers – so they didn’t take the allegation particularly seriously.

As far as I can see, this particular story hasn’t been reported anywhere previously. So this blog decided to send them an email to ask if they had any comment. Shortly afterwards, I heard back from their solicitors – threatening me with libel proceedings if I was to publish the story.

Which was terribly nice of them. But what was the one thing this threat didn’t contain within it? A denial of the allegations being made. A source with connections to the club informed me the owners are also threatening legal action against the health authorities over the matter…

For legal reasons, comments are unavailable on this story.

Are you sure you want to follow Danny Rampling? Not my question, but that of Instagram – who cite he has “repeatedly posted false information” and refuse to kick him off…

Time to start this Tuesday morning with a quick check-up on Danny Rampling. Believe it or not, but he used to make a good living out of being an okay-ish DJ years ago. Nowadays, he prefers to spend his time posting any old rubbish about the pandemic he can find – although this wasn’t always so.

Over the past year, he’s been kicked off Twitter for spouting his nonsense, and his Facebook page remains curiously devoid of such content. Instagram, however, is where Danny Rampling is at – and judging by the sheer number of stories he posts there daily, he seemingly doesn’t have much else to do.

And despite posting absolute rubbish day after day, he remains on Instagram. Yet a friend sent me this message which he got whenever he tried to follow the man himself there…

I’d love to be a fly on the wall at Instagram HQ, if only to find out how many warnings Rampling actually has against his account. You might want to start posting things which you’ve checked are true before they kick you off, Danny…

Quite different to his heyday! Danny Rampling revealed he’d “just been booked” to DJ on the Wednesday – and the date of the gig? Thursday…

I can’t take any personal credit for this one – that goes to an anonymous source who emailed me this morning. Danny Rampling actually has a gig on tonight. Heavens to Betsy, I hear you all collectively shriek – but alas it’s true. He’s DJing at the Rockwater in Hove this very evening.

And this news even appears to have come as a surprise to Danny Rampling himself. Note the highly curious wording in his latest Instagram post…

Yes, he’s “just been booked” for it. He posted it on a Wednesday evening – for a gig on Thursday night. What a contrast with how packed his diary was back in the day.

My source tells me “I used to run [club name redacted] in London for most of the 90s. And it was the summer of 1994. I wanted to book Rampling for a night just before Christmas. So I phoned his agent – and they told me the first available date in the diary wasn’t until Valentine’s Day. In 1996. I thought he was giving me the brush off, but a mate told me a few days later that it was true”.

24 months notice in the 90s, 24 hours notice in 2021? Things have certainly changed…