Fabric closed its doors indefinitely last month (August) while Islington Council reviews the famous London nightclub’s license after the drug-related deaths of two teenagers in the previous nine weeks.
In the early hours of this morning (7th September) Islington’s Licensing Sub Committee came to a decision at fabric’s hearing, ruling that the club’s license should be revoked.
DJ Magazine editor, Carl Loben, has issued the following statement, “This is a catastrophic decision, hugely short-sighted on the part of the authorities. Fabric is not just any old club — as DJ Sasha said, it is the jewel in the crown of UK nightlife. This is a huge blow for the dance music industry, and the wider entertainment sector at large.
“Fabric had one of the best reputations when it comes to the safety of music fans — it was just unfortunate that these young clubbers died as a result of smuggling in strong drugs, through no fault of Fabric. Fabric's door searches have always been thorough, and as has been pointed out elsewhere — you can't even keep drugs out of prisons.
“The council's licensing committee should've given Fabric a reprieve, with certain new conditions. Callously shutting down a cutting-edge UK venue, with no recourse, is frankly a scandal. There are going to be a lot of angry dance music fans all around the world right now.”
If you couldn’t make it to Islington Town Hall to show your support, you can check the live blog, which ran through the evening. You can still get involved using #FabricReview on Twitter.