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Clubs around the world have been hit hard by the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic — but a new court ruling could save German nightlife. It might sound strange, and rather obvious, but the country has officially declared techno to be music. That means nightclubs and dance music venues are allowed the same tax break as concert […]

by: Farrell Sweeney Nov 12, 2020 German clubs will now be taxed at the same rate as traditional concert venues in a new ruling by Germany’s federal fiscal court BFH—a major win for the clubbing industry. The court agreed with plaintiffs, including Berlin’s legendary Berghain club, that they should not have to pay the standard […]

The results from Germany’s coronavirus (COVID-19) concert study, RESTART-19, are in. The good news: safe shows are theoretically possible during the pandemic under strictly enforced guidelines. The bad news: safe conditions for concert goers are extremely difficult to replicate in real-life scenarios. A couple of months ago, the University Medical Center of Halle (Saale) held an experimental […]

by: Rugby Scruggs Oct 10, 2020 The ongoing COVID-19 pandemic has had devastating impacts on the live music industry. As shows continue to be prohibited, or granted permission to operate only within very strict guidelines, many legendary venues have been forced to close, most recently with Washington D.C.’s U Street Music Hall. Many aren’t willing […]