Fabric nightclub has had it’s licence reinstated following last minute crunch talks between the venue, Islington Council, and the Met police. Islington Council has now agreed to a new licence following a strict set of conditions. Read the full joint statement from Fabric and the Council here.
The club was due to appeal the decision to revoke their licence, in the Magistrate’s Court on the 28th of November. The decision to settle out of court is likely to be a relief all involved.
The new set of guidelines that the club will have to adhere to are as follows:
– The use of a new I.D. scanning system on entry to the club
– Enhanced searching procedures and controls
– Covert surveillance within the club
– Life-time bans for anyone found in possession of drugs, whether on entry or within the club
– Life-time bans for anyone trying to buy drugs in the club
– Enhanced monitoring and external auditing for compliance against procedures
– Physical changes to the club, including improved lighting and additional CCTV provision
– A new Security Company
– Persons under 19 years of age shall not be permitted to be on the premises as a customer or guest from 20:00 hours on a Friday until 0800 hours on the following Monday or any day during the hours that the operators promote a Core Club Night.
The decision to revoke Fabric’s licence in September followed the deaths of two 18 years olds within the club this summer. Speaking of the death of Ryan Browne, coroner Mary Hassall said, “[It was] recreational drug use gone wrong. The drugs in his system were enough to kill somebody who was very habituated and he was very far from habituated”.
The Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, took to Twitter to celebrate the decision to reinstate the licence.
“I’m delighted that agreement has been reached and that Fabric will now reopen,”.
“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% of its nightclubs and 40% 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.”
The overwhelming support and love that the community has shown for this super club is astounding, and it’s an incredible victory to know that the voices of many, have not gone unheard.
Islington council will need to be satisfied with all conditions have been implemented before letting the public back in.
Watch this space, and we shall see you on the dance floor!