Nightclubs in Australia Industry Market Research Report Now Available from IBISWorld

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Industry operators have faced intensifying competition from live music venues, while declining per capita alcohol consumption has somewhat constrained the earning potential of alcohol provided at venues. For these reasons, industry research firm IBISWorld has added a report on the Nightclubs industry in Australia to its growing industry report collection.

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Stricter licencing laws limiting operating hours are expected to be the biggest threat to the industry over the next five years.

Nightclubs, which predominantly operate late at night and during the early hours of the morning, are differentiated from pubs and bars by the inclusion of a DJ booth and dance floor. “Industry performance depends on consumers' alcohol consumption, their discretionary income, the size of the population aged 18 and over, and demand from tourists due to the location of nightclubs in tourism destinations,” according to IBISWorld industry analyst Jem Anning. Operators in the Nightclubs industry in Australia have benefited from increasing discretionary income, consumer sentiment and tourism over the past five years. However, industry operators have faced intensifying competition from live music venues, while declining per capita alcohol consumption has somewhat constrained the earning potential of cocktails, beers, wines and shots. IBISWorld forecasts that industry revenue will rise at an annualised 2.2% over the five years through 2019-20, to $1.2 billion. This includes growth of 1.8% over 2014-15.

Over the past five years, competition from live music performances at small bars, pubs and stadiums has increased. Websites such as SoundCloud and Bandcamp have allowed musicians to easily distribute their music. “This has increased demand for live music performances at small bars and clubs, where musicians with small fan bases are likely to play,” says Anning. Furthermore, the number of big-name international artists performing to stadium crowds has increased. This higher competition from both ends of the popular music entertainment market has limited industry operator's ability to pass on high operating costs in the form of more expensive cover charges or drink prices. As a result, nightclubs' operating profits have declined. The industry displays a low level of market share concentration.

The biggest threat to the Nightclubs industry over the next five years will be stricter licencing laws that limit operating hours. The NSW Government has implemented a 1.30 am lockout in parts of Sydney to curb alcohol-fuelled violence. This may encourage other states to follow suit. IBISWorld forecasts are based on existing legislation.

For more information, visit IBISWorld’s Nightclubs industry in Australia report page.

Operators in the industry provide on-premise alcohol sales and entertainment, and predominantly operate at night.

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IBISWorld Industry Report Key Topics

Industry Performance
Executive Summary
Key External Drivers
Current Performance
Industry Outlook
Industry Life Cycle
Products & Markets
Supply Chain
Products & Services
Major Markets
International Trade
Business Locations
Competitive Landscape
Market Share Concentration
Key Success Factors
Cost Structure Benchmarks
Basis of Competition
Barriers to Entry
Industry Globalisation
Major Companies
Operating Conditions
Capital Intensity
Technology & Systems
Revenue Volatility
Regulation & Policy
Industry Assistance
Key Statistics
Industry Data
Annual Change
Key Ratios

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Recognised as the nation’s most trusted independent source of industry and market research, IBISWorld offers a comprehensive database of unique information and analysis on every Australian industry. With an extensive online portfolio, valued for its depth and scope, the company equips clients with the insight necessary to make better business decisions. Headquartered in Melbourne, IBISWorld serves a range of business, professional service and government organisations through more than 10 locations worldwide. For more information, visit or call (03) 9655 3886.

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