Britain has always had an interesting relationship with the numbers game. From ragging popularity to a sharp decline and stunning comeback, Bingo has had somewhat of a rough ride in the hearts of UK player’s. Many, now even go as far as to claim that the traditional Hall is dead and they may just be right. The live events seen today hold little resemblance to the Bingo Halls of the 80s and 90s. More of an underground entertainment revolution, what has come in its place is bigger, better and way more fun than the days gone by; this is Live Bingo 2.0.
The Highs and Lows of British Bingo
In the 1960s, as gambling legislation first came into being in the UK, all forms of gambling, especially Bingo, took off like wildfire. At an all-time peak, the UK had 14 million live players (that’s approximately 37% of the population) and 1,600 Halls in the 1980s! However, as players welcomed in the 90s, they turned their backs on the numbers game and clubs began to decline, eventually closing. From the high of 1,600 clubs, there remain only 350 UK halls today.
Turning the Trend Around
As the Millennium brought home internet connections and further regulatory changes (2005 saw the establishment of the UKGC and the UK Gambling Act) online UK Bingo sites began to flourish, changing the declining trend of British players. Since they have had a steadily rising participation rate. But, what of live Bingo in the current age? Do players still hit the halls?
The Numbers Game Goes Bespoke: From London to Scotland
The live game has been transformed! In what some are describing as a “modernisation to catch the imagination of the hipster generation” there has been a huge return to live events. That’s right, not games, events- this is the key difference responsible for the rise in popularity. Bespoke clubs, event nights and game show type nights are springing up all over the UK. Proving widely popular with the young and hip scene, they do Bingo with a bang and it’s like nothing we’ve ever seen before.
Take a look at one of the new age event companies leading the way; Meet Rebel Bingo.
Supped up and raring to hit the 21st century, the new live game is high-energy, adrenaline-filled and themed from famous musicals, to drag shows. Enjoy live comedy games, bottomless brunches and evening dinner events; the numbers game has gone bespoke and it’s better than ever before. Whether you’re looking to hit the tequila shots in a Bingo challenge or sip champagne and eat steak, live Bingo in 2020 guarantees to be a wild day or night of all-round entertainment.
Want to get a better feel for these events? Take a look at some of the hottest trending live events in the UK currently.
The Best Live Bingo Nights Out Across the UK
Hip Hop Nights: Fusing the old school numbers game with dance-offs, lip-sync battles and hip hop tunes, this Blingo evening may prove to be the only one you’ll ever need.
Musical Bingo: Musical Bingo is prime party material and bags of fun. Join the crew, play and listen to numbers from Gospeloke, Last Man Standing and many more as you get ready to hit the high note.
Bingo Supper Club: Join Honey the Foxx and her gang of trusty buff butlers as you try to keep your eyes on the game and enjoy this suave supper club.
Adult Entertainment Events: in various forms- check out Buff Bingo’s Bottomless Brunch if this takes your fancy.
Bingo Lingo: Tagged as one of the best nights out, it’s fun, high-energy and filled with mayhem.
Dabbers Club: With franchises up and down the country, Dabbers run a massive range of nights and events in their Bingo Halls.
UKG Bingo: Booze, beats and the numbers game, this evening fuses the very best in garage with old school tunes, lip-sync battles and Bingo
Reggae Bingo: Another event for lovers of the beat, this Reggae themed night goes live from secret locations throughout the country with low-cost tickets and highly coveted events.
Mecca Party Nights: If you just can’t kick your old loyalties to Mecca then the great news is they now do party nights.
So, is Live Bingo Seeing a Re-Birth?
Live Bingo is certainly alive and kicking, but in numerical terms it’s comeback is in the early stages. Online Bingo is still the inescapable main way that UK players opt to get their fix. However, as live Bingo redefines itself for the modern player it is certainly making an impact and offering a product quite unlike the online version!