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OzClubbers posted an article in Ozclubbers Magazine91 years later, New York City dance floors have been liberated. November 27, New York Mayor Bill de Blasio will sign the bill that will repeal the city’s Cabaret Law, instituted in 1926. An archaic remnant of a previous, more restrictive era, the Cabaret Law made it illegal for New York City public spaces to host “musical entertainment, singing, dancing or other forms of amusement” without a cabaret license. Performers and employees of cabarets alike were fingerprinted and forced to carry “cabaret cards” as proof of their licensure under the law from 1940 to 1967. The city reserved the ability to refuse the grant of such a license to applicants with police records, creating limitations for performers like Billie Holiday and Ray Charles. Holiday and Charles were both unable to book a club date for several years due to their respective narcotics records. Frank Sinatra notably avoided the New York City performance platform for several years, refusing to complete the fingerprinting that would serve as the prerequisite for the cabaret license. The Cabaret Law has long fettered New York City’s nightlife arenas, despite the city’s claim to be a “nightlife capital.” Only 97 out of approximately 25,000 eating and drinking establishments currently hold a cabaret license, the sparseness of the licenses duly the product of the license’s expense, and venues’ limited eligibility. Only those businesses placed in areas zoned for commercial manufacturing are able to obtain a license. Yet even if a business is able to apply for a license based on its geographical position, acquiring the license can be a time consuming venture, as approval of the license for the given establishment must be submitted by numerous agencies. While many public and political figures have campaigned to repeal the Cabaret Law, it is Rafael Espinal’s bill that de Blasio will sign into effect today. A Brooklyn councilman and advocate for New York City nightlife, Espinal has also passed a bill to create a New York based nightlife office that will serve as a point of contact for the city’s government and owners of nightlife establishments. “For almost a century, the Cabaret Law has targeted specific groups, kept businesses and performers in fear, and stifled the expression of NYC’s vital culture. I am proud to champion this historic repeal, which will support our nightlife businesses while maintaining the much-needed safety measures we already have in place,” Espinal says of the groundbreaking stride towards a freer New York City nightlife network. New Yorkers can accordingly be expected to get ‘footloose’ this weekend in celebration of the momentous victory for the metropolitan nightlife scene. H/T: Resident Advisor Read More: 91 years later, New York City looks to abolish its Cabaret Law New York City government votes in favor of nightlife office, task force New York plans to elect a Night Mayor to govern nightlife in the city Source: Dancing Astonaut
Guest posted an article in Ozclubbers MagazineA student recently passed away at BBC Radio 1’s Big Weekend festival in Hull, England, after consuming a lethal dose of MDMA. 21-year-old Callum Gill hid the drug in capsules and subsequently passed away after taking about 2,313mg of the Class A drug — over 500mg past into the drug’s toxic range. Gill, who was weeks away from graduating with a degree in Law and European studies, suffered a seizure on a bus heading towards the festival and died hours later in hospital after suffering three heart attacks. The tragedy was poignantly summed up by the deceased’s coroner, who said the student had been “on the cusp of life with the world at his feet,” before his untimely demise. Numerous festivals and events have been experimenting with new ways to combat drug-related deaths, with many focused on “harm reduction” as opposed to outright bans of the substances. Australia’s Spilt Milk festival was all set to implement the progressive principles of harm reduction by providing on-site pill testing for attendees, but the idea fell through due to permission issues. H/T: Sun Read More: New research suggests psychedelic drugs may make people less prone to violence FDA pushes MDMA to Phase II testing, identifies drug as “breakthrough” in PTSD treatment Kristian Nairn discusses Rave of Thrones, career success ahead of Hakkasan Halloweekend performance Source: Dancing Astronaut
Guest posted an article in Ozclubbers MagazineReally sad news coming out of BBC Radio 1’s Big Weekend, as a hopeful attendee passed away before he made it there… Calum Gill, a 21-year-old law student, was hanging out with friends when he began “acting strangely.” Then, on a double-decker traveling toward the festival grounds he suffered a seizure. He died hours later in the hospital after experiencing multiple heart attacks. Drugs were certainly the cause, as Gill reportedly consumed 2,313 mg (2.3 grams) of MDMA. Pathologist Dr Laszlo Karsai told the Hull coroner’s court: “Levels above 1,800 mg are in the toxic range and anything beyond that can be fatal.” The student was described as “on the cusp of life with the world at his feet”. Source: The Sun This article was first published on Your EDM. Source: Law Student Dies En Route to BBC Radio 1’s Big Weekend After Consuming 2.3 Grams of Molly Source: Your EDM