Since Friday – only five days ago – Fabric has successfully raised over £130,000 in donations as a part of their #saveourculture campaign.
Fabric had its license revoked earlier in September, and hopes to use this campaign to gather enough donations to support a legal fight back.
— fabriclondon (@fabriclondon) September 16, 2016
The campaign’s website asks those who support Fabric to stand with them as they create a united front:
We want to learn, we will try harder. We always have. We started this to create a safe place, a home – not a ‘superclub’. It’s about the fabric that unites us all, that stitches together race, gender, age and sexual preference into a brilliant tapestry. We invest in the best music, technology, interior and visual design and our staff and safety are industry leading.
But, our case shows that whatever measures you take to prevent crime and regardless of how well you run your venue, you too could still be closed. Someone has to take a stand.
Today we launch #saveourculture to take on this fight and we’re asking you to join us. But with no income it’s impossible for us to do this without your support – both social and financial.
In asking to donate, the page questions readers to consider how much money they would have spent on tickets in the past few weeks that they’ve been closed, or on a few beers at the bar. It also opens the door to the larger question of the culture that is being shuttered alongside the venues that are being closed. The website continues on:
Do you believe that youth culture and music are an essential part of life? If the answer’s yes, join the fight to save our culture.
Do you see the importance in having safe, well run spaces to come together and express ourselves in? If the answer’s yes, join the fight to save our culture.
Do you realise how much London has suffered already, and just what’s at stake if we stand by and do nothing? If the answer’s yes, join the fight to save our culture.
As the live music industry continue to face these police threats, those attendees who find the venues to be safe havens and expressive places to embrace are forced to find alternative forms of entertainment and expression. Each venue that is closed continues to add into the killing of a unique culture that offers a scene unlike any other.
Four Tet was one of the first backers to the campaign; he donated £1000 on Friday.