Socials club: the best Insta and Twitter accounts capturing UK nightlife
Great nights out are gone too soon, often lost in a hungover haze. Thankfully, social media accounts are capturing the scenes that deserve to be remembered
Nightlife is an ephemeral thing. For all the joy and chaos of a big night out, our memories are often left behind on sticky dancefloors, bulldozed by hangovers or washed down the drain the following morning along with the sweat and the makeup. In the cold light of day warehouses converted into illicit dancefloors return to anonymous industrial sites, and in recent years the UK’s bars and clubs have faced the triple-pronged threat of the pandemic, the cost of living crisis and the relentless Pret-ification of high streets.
This is what makes photographs of nightlife culture so mesmeric, and so important: they record for posterity the fleeting magic and mayhem of temporary scenes. The following archives and photographers help document the many fabulous and debauched faces of the UK’s clubs, pubs, raves and DIY venues, providing a window to generations of party animals.