It’s a miserable day for London’s clubbing landscape, as people woke to the news that fabric would be closing.
The 17 year old bastion of nightlife had been under inspection after two drug related deaths forced the club’s license into review.
A Ministry backed campaign was launched, gaining global support from DJs, promoters, clubbers and other clubs alike; however, the might of the many proved not enough to save fabric, as after six hours of deliberation between local councillors, police and fabric license holders, the decision was made that the club would not be able to stay open.
Topics considered during the hearing were lowering the BPM allowed on club nights (the thinking behind this being faster music is more ‘dangerous’) and drug testing during club nights. Authorities held firm the notion that the club was a "safe haven" for drugs, and its license was revoked.
With the opening of the Night Tube and London mayor Sadiq Khan’s apparent stance on being an ambassador for the capital’s night time economy, many have looked to Khan with anger at his failure to throw his weight, however the mayor has since expressed his concern for the ruling. "Thousands of people who enjoyed going to fabric as an essential part of London's nightlife will lose out. The issues faced by fabric point to a wider problem of how we protect London’s night-time economy." He went on to re hi-light the need to hire a Night Czar.
In an official statement fabric's owners lament the loss of 250 jobs, writing that a “troubling precedent” has now been set for the rest of London’s night life.
In response to the ruling, the Night Time Industries Association, who have pioneered the Nightlife Matters campaign, have launched a #fightforfabric initiative to raise funds for a counter fight that is already gaining support throughout the music community. We believe this won't be the last we hear from fabric.
Ministry of Sound's Head of Talent and Marketing, Nikki Gordon, weighs in on the matter with sadness:
"It's really sad to hear the news of the decision of Islington council's licensing team to revoke fabric's license. Put quite simply the draconian drug laws in this country must change. Prohibition doesn't work.
fabric is lauded as one of the best clubs in the world. Hundreds of thousands pass through its doors safely every year. It generates tourism and local business on an unprecedented scale. It hosts world famous acts on a weekly basis who are honoured to play at the venue. Now over 250 members of staff will be without a job, and The capital has lost yet another cultural icon.
Berlin in Germany is also a main player on the electronic music stage. Unlike London, Berlin understands the cultural importance of its nightlife and fiercely protects it. I believe now more than ever London needs a Night Mayor to champion the night life industry.
The other burning question on my mind is what does the closure of fabric have to do with the proposed Museum Of London's Smithfield Regeneration? fabric's closure is grossly unfair, and London is without doubt worse off without it"
07 Sep 2016