Is the ‘Taps Aff’ culture ruining Glasgow’s nightlife?

‘If you’ve got it, flaunt it’


It’s the stuff of nightmares.

If you manage to traverse the typically clammy and sticky dancefloor of a Glaswegian nightclub (think Viper on a Wednesday), you’ll often encounter a sight which has almost become a staple for a “proper night out” in Glasgow. I am, of course, speaking of the sweat ridden, bare-chested male, often seen clutching a can of Red Stripe to his chest with a maternal instinct and grinning like a fucking idiot.

Top lad

Top lad

Nobody knows when it began but “Taps aff” has been with us for a while now. Does anyone actually like it though? We decided to find out.

Tony, Sound Engineering, SAE

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It can be quite funny but being hugged by one of those people can be a pretty horrible experience.

Christopher, Politics, Strathclyde

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I’m all for it, it’s just a bit of fun and games. Never done it myself, but maybe sometime in the future.

Amber, Textiles, Glasgow Kelvin

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I don’t mind it as long as the people doing it aren’t total fannies and try and use it to make other club-goers feel uncomfortable.

Mark, Law, Strathclyde

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I think it’s all stupid and just utter pish.

Jack, Civil Engineering, Glasgow

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I’m all for it, I don’t mind going taps aff every now and again. If you’ve got it, flaunt it.