Skip to main content

After reading the title of this article you may find yourself asking: "Why was this decided by a court?" or "What does this decision mean?" Well, the fact of the matter is that this distinction represents a major victory for German club operators and their patrons. 

Under the old classification, club nights were not considered concerts in Germany. This meant that operators would have to pay 19% in taxes on ticket sales. Now, after being classified as concerts, they will only pay a 7% tax. It goes without saying why this is beneficial to the German nightlife industry and many have already begun celebrating the ruling. 

The decision was made on the basis of whether or not the "average" club attendee is actually there for the music. Unsurprisingly, they found that the music a primary piece of the gatherings and ruled accordingly. noted that ruling judges explained how DJs are real musicians due to their ability to create unique works with their equipment and song selections. "The DJs not only play sound carriers from other sources, but also perform their own new pieces of music by using instruments in the broader sense to create sequences of sounds with their own character," the report reads.

Scroll to Continue

Recommended Articles


StoneHaven Drops Soaring Melodic Dubstep Track, “The World Is Yours”

"The World Is Yours" is a powerful and potent blitz of melodic bass.

Tiesto at The City Cancun for Pollen Presents Tiesto The Trip Festival

"A Whole New Direction": Tiësto Says His New Album Will Heavily Embrace House Music

Tiësto said fans can expect a "more housey and more groovy" sound on the forthcoming album.

fred again..

Fred again.. Pushes Boundaries With New Four Tet-Assisted Single, "Jungle"

As his fall 2022 tour approaches, Fred Again.. has released a stunning single that feeds into the primal depths of his visceral approach to dance music production.

Needless to say, the reclassification reinforces the validity of the German dance music scene and will greatly benefit its artists, promoters, and music industry professionals.

Source: Sueddeutsche Zeitung



Guests of Swiss Club to Quarantine for 10 Days Following COVID-19 Exposure

Less than a month after Switzerland's clubs reopened, a breakout has taken place at a Zurich venue.


Geofenced Streams Could Lead to Virtual Concert Tours

Michael Brun is exploring a new way for artists to make money during the pandemic-induced live music shutdown.


Full-Capacity Concerts, Music Festivals May Return in Texas and Mississippi After Lift of Mask Mandates

Businesses in Texas and Mississippi may no resume operations with no restrictions.

Index Rave

German Club Index is Hosting Immersive "Drive-In Raves"

Social distancing has sparked some innovative solutions for ravers eager to attend events.


[WATCH] German Venue Holds First Social Distancing Club Event

A German open-air club pulled off a socially-distanced event complete with live entertainment.


Eventbrite Executive Sees Potential in Virtual Concerts Post-COVID

Lanny Baker of Eventbrite shared his insights into the future of the live music industry in a recent earnings call.

covid music

The Concert Business vs. COVID-19: The Road to a 2021 Recovery

2020 will be a year to remember, when the global touring industry faced its toughest challenges but came out the other side with new innovative business models.


German Scientists to Use "Fluorescent Disinfectant" and "Tracking Machines" in Test Concert for COVID-19 Research

In something out of a "Black Mirror" episode, attendees will be outfitted with miniature "contact tracer" devices via chains around their necks.