'Lager, lager shouting': the role of music and DJs in nightclub disorder control

Alasdair Forsyth

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This paper explores how music and music genre can govern the nightlife experience, specifically how a nightclub's music policy can impact on clientele, health behaviours, bar sales and levels of disorder.Participant observations were conducted in sample of eight city centre nightclubs in Glasgow, Scotland. Music policy was found to influence nightclubs' clientele and their behaviours, for example in relation to differences in levels of alcohol or illegal drug use, sexual activity and violence between venues. Further, within individual venues, music policy was also observed operating as a crowd control tool, with for example such entertainment being used in alcohol marketing, in 'soft policing' and in the temporal management of patrons' movements.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)327-345
Number of pages19
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - Jan 2009


  • music
  • alcohol
  • DJs
  • nightclub disorder


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