fabric, London’s Mayor & Notable DJs Respond To The Iconic Nightclub’s Closing

London superclub Fabric to close this weekend following 'drug overdose' deaths of two teenagers

The dance music community was dealt a heavy blow yesterday when legendary nightclub fabric was forced to close down after losing its licence. Over the last couple months, two people suffered drug-related deaths after visiting the London hotspot, prompting an investigation. Numerous DJs, promoters and industry powerhouses attempted to save the club through an online petition that gained over 150,000 signatures, but their effort was not enough. After a deliberation that lasted well into the night, the local council decided the venue had been “inadequate and in breach of the licence”. According to the council:

“Staff intervention and security was grossly inadequate in light of the overwhelming evidence that it was abundantly obvious that patrons in the club were on drugs and manifesting symptoms showing that they were. This included sweating, glazed red eyes and staring into space, and people asking for help.”

Shortly after the news, fabric issued an official statement:

“fabric is extremely disappointed with Islington Council’s decision to revoke our license. This is an especially sad day for those who have supported us, particularly the 250 staff who will now lose their jobs. Closing fabric is not the answer to the drug-related problems. Clubs like ours are working to prevent, and sets a troubling precedent for the future of London’s night time economy.”

In addition to the nightclub’s response, London’s mayor, Sadiq Khan, also shared his thoughts on the closure:

“London’s iconic clubs are an essential part of our cultural landscape. Clubbing needs to be safe but I’m disappointed that Fabric, Islington Council and the Metropolitan Police were unable to reach agreement on how to address concerns about public safety. As a result of this decision, 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, while ensuring it is safe and enjoyable for everyone. Over the past eight years, London has lost 50 percent of its nightclubs and 40 percent of its live music venues. This decline must stop if London is to retain its status as a 24-hour city with a world-class nightlife.”

Not only was fabric a beloved institution for London’s night owls, but also for the global dance music community as a whole. The club was voted ‘#1 Club in the World’ on numerous occasions and was instrumental in launching the careers of some of today’s biggest talents. Here are some reactions from the DJ community:

Sources: Mixmag, The Guardian, Resident Advisor