Mourning Fabric is still premature
Following Fabric’s license being revoked, the London institution continues to fight for its life.
Parties to help fundraise for the Save Our Culture campaign kicked off on Saturday at Great Suffolk Street Warehouse with both residents Craig Richards and Terry Francis taking to a tunnel each. Favourites Seth Troxler and Ricardo Villalobos joined Craig in tunnel 1, while techno heavyweights Ben Klock and Rodhad crashed their weaponry into tunnel 2. The first of three events scheduled in London took place on the same date Fabric would have marked its 17th birthday.
Everyone inside was ready to party, cramming into the bricked arches well before midnight through till the morning hours. It was nice to still celebrate Fabric’s birthday but utterly shattering to not be inside the club’s actual walls. Although this venue boasted a larger capacity than that of Fabric’s Farringdon home, it wasn’t long before I wished I was dancing in Room 1 of Fabric instead. Snaking through hundreds of people to get near the front, I missed the incomparable dancefloor, that has you right by the booth when you first enter the vicinity.
Some punters at Saturday’s event thought this would be the future of the club now, a homeless brand throwing random events with their name on them. People shouldn’t be so quick to deem this the case, though.
Fabric lost its license in September following a review by Islington Council. After two drug deaths inside the venue, a subsequent investigation by undercover police officers was the ammunition in deciding that Fabric wasn’t abiding by its license conditions. Searches were unsatisfactory for the Metropolitan Police officers, while at the same time clubbers deem Fabric’s one of the most vigorous.
During its 16 years of operation, in its dealings with illicit substances, Fabric had in the past been called by the Met the example that other nightclubs should follow. Security at Save our Culture’s first night was just as strict upon entry, private areas touched and drug dogs looping the nearby area.
Not only does Fabric’s license loss set a worrying precedent for future incidents, it demonstrates a lack of understanding in how to tackle drug harm. Shifting the blame from ineffective drug policy to venues is, to say the least, unproductive. Acknowledging that people do drugs, attempting to educate about the risks, and implementing drug test kits are just a few effective methods.
Save your “rest in peace”. Clubbers accepting Islington council’s decision and moving on is dangerous to the future of clubbing in this country.
Fabric’s closure is a massive loss to London and UK nightlife. Fabric the latest casualty in a long line in London’s recent history, whether due to rail developments, increasing rent, or noise complaints. London readies a night tube while losing its clubbing appeal. Mayor Sadiq Khan wants to follow in the footsteps of Amsterdam by appointing a Night Czar to look after the nighttime economy. In the future, there may just be more heads looking out for clubland. Until then, we have to continue to kick up a fuss when our venues are targeted.
Fabric London is raising money to fight the decision by the council. So far £300,000 has been contributed, Fabric will be transparent with where this money goes with bi-weekly statements. You can help by donating to the fundraising page or buying tickets to upcoming events.