Music is a vital social lubricant and what is private and in headphones from phones during the day, becomes a shared experience at night on an energising dance-floor, a sweaty live gig, or a drunken late-night karaoke session. Nocturnes: Popular Music and the Night is a new book looking at how culture changes at night.
It can be romantic, but also be a place of terror and of excitement. Nocturnes moves from Berlin to Birmingham, Montreal to Melbourne, London to Lisbon, and takes in different kinds of music. Geoff Stahl, one of its co-editors, a senior lecturer at Victoria University talks Jesse Mulligan through it.