The Open Club Day

Concerts and live music acts are a huge part of the European culture as they take place in essential cultural and social sites where people can meet and exchange.

On Saturday, the 3rd of February 2018, live music venues all over Europe open their doors on the same day and invite people backstage to discover what is going on behind the scenes of a live music venue.

With the event taking place during the daytime, the Open Club Days aims to welcome an audience that might not be familiar with live music activities. 








The Open Club Day aims to raise awareness about the reality of the daily work in a live music venue among its neighbors, local cultural players, authorities, and policy makers.

By highlighting daily activities of music venues, the Open Club Day offers the right circumstances for a constructive exchange than can help to clear up negative stereotypes that are so often cultivated about live music venues and nightlife.



Live music venues and clubs are continuously facing challenges related to the evolutions of audience practices, music aesthetics, new technologies, regulations, economic models…

In this context, the grassroots venues are the most fragile, yet vital for talent development, music diversity and expression. The Open Club Day reveals how they manage to adapt with innovating DIY forms and social economy models.



By joining forces, cooperation projects like the Open Club Day can create positive repercussions on a national and local level for the live music sector and have a real impact on the recognition of music venues being significant contributors to culture.

In 2015, Live DMA’s 2109 member venues attracted over 56 million people attending over 381.000 music performances organized by the more than 49.000 venues employees. The live music venues’ activities go beyond live music programming. Just 17% of Live DMA member venues exclusively devote their activity to live music programming only, while 56% engage also in social & educational activities, 47% provide tools and space for musicians and 47% support artistic projects. The live music sector contributes significantly to added social value by giving everybody the opportunity to take part in a collective adventure. In 2015, over 81.000 people shared their passion for live music by their voluntary engagement in music venues.


Over 65 venues from more than 10 different countries and regions participate in this first European edition of the Open Club Day.


Register your venue in order to take part in this positive European initiative!

Live Style Europe

The Open Club Day is part of the building capacity program #LiveStyleEurope coordinated by Live DMA (European non-governmental network for music venues and festivals) and supported by the European Commission via the Creative Europe program.

Live Style Europe aims to empower music venues and festivals, as well as regional and nationals live music umbrella associations by providing them with skills and tools for an easier adaption to the evolutions of the live music sector. The program strives to structure the live music sector and to enhance the visibility of music venues.

In order to achieve these goals, Live DMA focuses on collaborative actions such as peer-to-peer learning, exchanges at the European level among the members and with partners, and a mutualized communication strategy.

Visit the Live DMA website to find out more about #LiveStyleEurope.


The event-concept was created by SBCK (Swiss non-governmental commissions for bars and clubs) and PETZI (Swiss non-governmental federation of live music venues and festivals) in Switzerland and has been conducted on a national level since 2015 with great success.

The European edition of the Open Club Day is supported by the European Commission via the Creative Europe program. Live DMA and its members, 17 live music associations in 13 different countries, coordinate the Open Club Day:

ACCES (Spain) // ASACC (Catalonia) // Club Circuit (Belgium) // Club Plasma (Belgium) // Collectif Culture Bar-Bars (France) // Dansk Live (Denmark) // FEDELIMA (France) // KeepOn Live (Italy) // Kultura Live (Basque Country) // LiveKomm (Germany) // LOFTAS (Lithuania) // Music Venue Trust (UK) // NKA (Norway) // PETZI (Switzerland) // Salon IKSV (Turky) // Svensk Live (Sweden) // VNPF (Netherlands)



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Elisa Thoma

Communication Officer