Open Club Day 2018


On Saturday, the 3rd February 2018 took place the first European edition of the Open Club Day. From Gibraltar to Finland, from Spain to Turkey, 125 live music venues, clubs and music bars in 12 countries opened their doors during daytime and invited the audience to discover the magic of the behind the scenes usually reserved for the activities at night.

This first European edition of the Open Club Day was a real success and the overall positive feedback from the venues and the numerous visitors highlighted the need of such precious moments where enriching encounters and engaging discussions happen naturally. The Open Club Day attracted families, neighbors, local authorities and politicians keen on meeting the people working in live music venues and clubs.








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


Find out what the clubs, venues and umbrella organizations have planned for the Open Club Day by clicking on the names.


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)