London’s legendary Fabric club is closing its doors
London’s Fabric club is set to close permanently after having its licence revoked by Islington Council.
At a marathon town hall meeting that stretched over seven hours, London’s Metropolitan Police, Fabric club owners, heath experts and local residents all contributed evidence and intensely debated the future of the club. Fabric’s licence was suspended on August 12, following two drug related deaths at the club over the past nine months.
It caused a global uproar, and a subsequent petition racked up more than 150,000 signatures. London’s mayor Sadiq Khan even confirmed his support for the iconic club, and pledged to introduce a ‘Night Czar’, who would oversee London’s nightlife.
In the end though, the final decision came down to the local council’s licensing subcommittee. “There is a culture of drugs at Fabric which management cannot control,” Licensing sub-committee Chair Flora Williamson stated in the closing statement. It was also said that “searches were inadequate and in breach of the license”.
There has already been an outpouring of sadness from the global music community:
Pure sadness about Fabric. London is being ruined right now.
— Four Tet (@FourTet) September 7, 2016
v sad to hear about fabric 🙁
— lüney [HYPERHOUSE] (@annalunoe) September 7, 2016
really bummed I’ll never have the chance to set foot in Fabric. UK Dance music and culture is what got me into this in the first place
— JAUZ (@Jauzofficial) September 7, 2016
closing Fabric is insane and sets the worst precedent
— Molly Lambert (@mollylambert) September 7, 2016
The club owners will have the option to appeal the decision.