To the disbelief of thousands of Londoners and party goers from around the world who have visited this iconic venue, it has been announced today that Fabric will be permanently closed.
With a 28 day license suspension already in place following the recent deaths of two young adults, Fabric had hoped to meet with Islington Council yesterday to reach some kind of resolve. After a meeting that lasted 6 hours, the final conclusion was that Fabric’s licence would be revoked.
The MP for Islington, Emily Thornberry stated on Facebook that she believed Fabric should stay open.
“As a parent, my heart goes out to the family and friends of anyone who has lost loved ones at such a young age. But we must guard against the assumption that dangerous drug use would cease simply if we were to close a nightclub like Fabric.”
A petition to save Fabric that was started by Jacob Husley received over 150,000 signatures, Jacob said “We are in shock. I am feeling a mixture of disbelief and anger and sadness … It would be a
devastating blow for London and culture, and clubs across the UK. It sets a precedent.”
So 150,000 voices can't even be heard. We had no chance. #fabricreview
— Friction (@friction) September 7, 2016
Fabric has seen the likes of DJ Hype, Annie Mac, Scratch Perverts and many more play to an always enthusiastic and electric crowd.
To say this is just a loss to British nightlife would be an understatement, Fabric has been a home ground for dance music lovers for the past 15 years, many believe it helped the genre flourish in Britain and is a massive blow to the entire culture.
"So when we started fabric, our one rule was that we would never ever compromise on the music—and we never have." #fabric
— Mike Servito (@mikeservito) September 7, 2016
— Paul Epworth (@paulepworth) September 7, 2016
Over the last 8 years London has lost 50% of its nightclubs and 40% of its live music venues. This decline must stop. #fabric
— Mayor of London (@MayorofLondon) September 7, 2016
However, it doesn’t stop there, today the Independent released a report claiming that there was an ulterior motive to the closure of the venue. Documents obtained by The Independent via a Freedom of Information request suggests “that Fabric’s closure was a long pre-planned event, orchestrated by a cash-strapped council, using the police as pawns.”
Many had expressed their concerns over social media that the true reasons for Fabrics closure were not related to drugs.
Drug problem solved, #Fabric is closed. Congrats to the Met & Council
& Congrats to the property developers for their new Luxury apartments
— DEFT (@deft_1) September 7, 2016
why does part of me feel that the #Fabric closure has nothing to do with drugs n everything to do with corruption and property development
— James Hadouken! (@JamesHadouken) September 7, 2016
— Omar Dean Sol AFC (@Omarion1AFCSol) September 7, 2016
Drug related deaths were the reason police were commissioned to go undercover at Fabric with what seemed like a brief to target the venue itself instead of drug dealers. Undercover police reported that “the general atmosphere of the club was friendly and non- threatening” but for some reason this statement and others like it were not highlighted by Islington council.
It is known that the council has lost half of it’s funding since 2010 with further cuts confirmed over the next four years, the question on everyones lips right now is how long will it be before Fabric is made into a soulless block of flats for the rich? Is there still hope? We sure hope so.