Fabric nightclub is in danger of closing

UPDATE: The Guardian reports that London clubbing icon Fabric has held onto its nightclub licence after a review by Islington Council. To keep its licence, the club will have to meet a strict new set of measures set by police, including paying for sniffer dogs to patrol the entrance queue.

The club’s management said that they were “disappointed with the outcome” and would be appealing the decision before implementing the new measures. Read the original story below.

London’s iconic Fabric nightclub is in danger of being shut down after several drug-related deaths have made headlines.

According to The Independent, Steven Harrington of London’s Metropolitan Police recently made a statement regarding the authorities’ recommendation to close the fifteen-year-old club. “In the last three years, there have been eight incidents of patrons collapsing at the venue having taken illegal substances,” he said. “Four of these incidents resulted in the near-death of the victims and four have resulted, unfortunately, in the death of the victims.”

It’s up to the Islington Council to decide whether to revoke Fabric’s license or not, but short of a full shut down, it’s also been recommended that several security measures be implemented at the club. These would include sniffer dogs, ID scanning and bag searches upon entry – similar procedures to the ones we’ve seen introduced in Sydney’s Kings Cross.

In reaction to all this, Fabric have made their own statement. “We employ two trained medics who are on site for the duration of all of our club events and, as a venue, we provide free water and non-judgmental advice from bar staff, stewards and security teams,” they said. “The incidents referred to in the Met Police’s report are truly tragic events; incidents that we assure you our team reacted to in the quickest possible and most efficient manner.” You can read the whole statement here.

If you’d like to support Fabric and urge the Islington Council not to close the club, you can sign this petition, which at time of writing has reached thirty thousand signatures.

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