It’s a sad time for UK nightlife and the night time economy. Clubbing has played a big part in the nightlife of young adults right the way up to the older generations, who done the same back when they were younger. One of those iconic clubs, Fabric London, has played a big part in the dance music scene.
Having played home to hundreds of DJs, allowing many to perform and build their careers, never mind providing the inspiration for them to get started, it has now received sad news, sad news for us all. Fabric London will be shut indefinitely after the local council revoked it’s license and the club therefore had to shut.
It all comes after the death of two nineteen year old men which have occurred over the last few months and this caused the local council, and police authorities, to suspend the license of the club for twenty-eight days. By doing so, this caused uproar amongst the dance music community, with artists like Skream, Sasha, Eats Everything, Jamie Jones and more supporting the nightclub. With a petition of over one hundred and thirty thousand signatures, it was still too little too late as the council and the police force managed to revoke the license of the club.
Fabric London 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 London 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.
It’s a sad time for the dance music industry as a whole. It’s a sad time for the UK nightlife economy and it’s a sad time for all of those who have lost their jobs, their passion and their world. Sadiq Khan, the current London Mayor who supported Fabric London, spoke out and released a statement surrounding the announcement.
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. – Sadiq Khan (London Mayor)
The mayor also went on to state that he is currently in the process of appointing a new Night-time Czar who will over see the nightlife sector in a bid to keep London as one of the main capitals of dance music. You can read Sadiq’s full statement here.
However at the end of this, I will continue to say that the closure of Fabric London will solve nothing, the drug problems will still continue to be a part of dance music and the closure of a club who have prided themselves in tackling the problem will not have helped dealing with it.