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Leading DJs put the pressure on London’s mayor to keep Fabric open

In a bittersweet contrast to the lockout-happy New South Wales Government, the Mayor of London Sadiq Khan has come out in support of Fabric. The beloved clubbing institution is closed indefinitely as police investigate the drug-related deaths of two 18-year-old patrons.

The club’s doors were shut last weekend, and as Fabric management wrote in a statement, “our operation remains suspended”. According to The Independent, the club’s fate will be decided within the next 28 days. In campaigning for the position of Mayor of London, Khan vowed he would defend the city’s clubs and live music venues. Now Fabric devotees and DJs including Sasha, Jamie Jones, The Martinez Brothers and Groove Armada have pressured Khan to make good on his promise. As Sasha put it, “London needs Fabric”.

In response to the flood of concern, Khan tweeted that he’s urging all parties – Fabric, the Metropolitan Police, and Islington Council – to find a solution that keeps Fabric open while protecting the safety of clubbers. In the meantime, this weekend’s Fabriclive lineup featuring LTJ Bukem and Youngsta is cancelled, along with Guy Gerber’s Rumors showcase on Saturday.

It’s no surprise that DJs have come out in such vehement support of Fabric. The club has managed the incredibly rare feat of curating forward-thinking lineups every weekend since 1999.

The club’s Saturday residents Craig Richards and Terry Francis have become local legends, and the likes of Ricardo Villalobos, Seth Troxler, Goldie and DJ Marky are arguably at their best inside Fabric. In addition to its club roster, Fabric has also spawned two highly successful mix compilation series, with iconic mixes from Ben UFO, Four Tet, Plump DJs, James Lavelle, Surgeon, Marcel Dettmann and many more. Let’s hope those doors are open for business again very soon.

Article photo by Danny Seaton.