Clubbing is a hugely significant social phenomenon, as anyone walking around the centre of a city or town in the UK at 2 a.m. on a Sunday will attest. Clubbing is notable primarily because of the sheer scale of its appeal, and the increasing eclecticism of its constituent genre. Yet clubbing is also notable because of its ‘systematic demonisation’ within the media and the introduction of new legislation inhibiting clubbing-the Criminal Justice and Public Order Act (1994) for exampleand the widely-publicised, although somewhat over-hyped, involvement of illegal practices, such as drug use, in clubbing (Ward, 1997).