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Why It’s Important To Save Fabric From Permanently Closing!

#SaveFabric! Let’s not loose the backbone to British nightlife culture.

Credit: Fabric

Credit: Fabric

Last month saw some very key dates in the history of Fabric nightclub.

11th Aug – Fabric announced it would be closed to investigate two teenage drug-related deaths that had taken place at the club in recent weeks.

15th Aug – Islington council suspends Fabric’s licence, and the club closes for a further four weeks while the licence of the club is reviewed.

24th Aug – Resident DJ and promoter Jacob Husley starts a petition on change.org along with an open letter to Mayor Sadiq Khan to appeal for the club’s licence to be restored.

Now with over 100K signatures (and counting) from supporters worldwide, inclusive of well respected DJ’s and homegrown talent like Chemical Brothers, Fatboy Slim, Carl Cox, and Groove Armada all showing their support across social media, with some even urging the general public to write to the licensing committee at Islington council.

Fabric is world class nightclub that opened nearly 20 years ago in 1999. It’s won the accolade of ‘Number 1 Club’ in the world by DJ Mag for two consecutive years in 2007 and 2008. Coming second place a further 3-years. Fabric has become a cornerstone of electronic music and culture, not just within the UK but worldwide. You don’t have to look far to witness the overwhelming support and opinions expressed from the club’s fans all over social media. The comments on the petition are inundated with words of support, love, and passion for the club.

“The current drug policy in this country doesn’t work. The deaths that occurred are terrible but closing fabric will not eradicate the problem. Fabric is more than a club, It’s an institution, a family, the symbol of a generation… Saving Fabric isn’t just for London but for the clubbing world and music in general. Too many clubs are closing down. Fabric should not simply be saved, but embraced, supported and protected. #SaveFabric” Ben Myers from London

“Fabric is easily the most culturally important dance music venue in London. By a long shot. Run by utterly professional staff, who have had their finger on the pulse since the day they opened. Very few clubs around the world, if any, hold a track record like that. They are, without a doubt, the most important club in London for providing exciting new artists with a platform to shine. Their importance goes way beyond the nighttime economy. The knock-on effect of closure will be catastrophic.” Paul Madgwick from New York

Earlier this year Fabric appeared in the headlines for a very different reason. Something which should just go to show the size of the waves that this club makes across the world. An elderly couple in their 70’s visited London from Poland specifically to come to the club and experience the nightlife the city of London has to offer. They stayed till 5 am dancing on the dance floor and drinking tea. Don’t believe us? You can read the article here; Elderly Polish Couple Visit Fabric.

Sadly we are still in this position, and soon we will know the fate of this institution and ultimately, the future of the nightlife and clubbing scene within London. As without Fabric, the backbone of this industry will disappear.

Sadiq Khan did respond to the petition, some might say his response was a bit of a cop out, some say he did what all politicians seem to be so good at doing, making a lot of wild statements and empty promises that hold no substance whatsoever.

The next date to go down in the history of this remarkable venue is the 6th September; the day Islington council will be reviewing the licence and future of the club. I think it’s fairly safe to say that the 100K+ supporters all over the world will be waiting with bated breath, while the decision to keep the club hangs in the balance.

Show your support by signing and sharing the petition, which you can still do here, change.org/savefabric.

Use the hashtag #savefabric and #nightlifematters across your social media platforms and cross your fingers, and pray, that this isn’t the end.

#savefabric

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