Club night Circus hosted The First Dance in Liverpool, where revellers, who all had to produce negative coronavirus tests, did not have to wear face coverings or social distance for the first time since before lockdown began.
It is hoped the event, the first of two taking place on consecutive nights, will pave the way for clubs across the country to reopen their doors.
In the queue outside the venue, Liverpool University student Elliott Cause, 20, said: “I feel like this is a big moment for the UK.
Sam Murphy, 20, who is from Belfast, said that after starting at Liverpool Hope University last September, he had the “worst freshers ever” because of coronavirus restrictions.
He said: “No chance – the first thing I said was give me a boot and let me out.”