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There can be little surprise that London’s Fabric has reclaimed the crown this year. Consistently back-turning the cash-grabbing traditions of the superclub, Fabric’s name might reverberate round the globe as one of club culture’s standard bearers but the management themselves have never once taken their eye off the ball in their own back yard.

For Fabric, there’s never been any inclination to cash in on global tours or endless merchandise runs. The single focus has been on the music itself and a steadfast refusal to entertain any sort of stagnating complacency with it.

So whilst it remains the only London venue where you can regularly see names like Hawtin, Villalobos and Mathew Jonson, the team behind it also remain 200% dedicated to consistently breaking the next generation of electronic pioneers rather than simply relying on the established order each week.

“The formula for Fabric’s success is that there is no formula,” believes Fabric music director and resident Craig Richards. “Everything is based on simplicity of approach. For a large venture, our success has been realised in a really understated and modest manner. We consistently present quality underground dance music with pride and confidence. That’s all we have ever done.”

It’s an endeavour that has been so faultlessly rigorous that clubbers have come to take the Fabric stamp of approval as a watertight quality seal. At Fabric, there’s never once been so much as a dud DJ, commercial crowd-puller or any dead wood there on name rather than merit. Just honest innovative talent stuffed into every single room. The place oozes integrity.

“Fabric has pushed the whole thing to a much wider audience and broken a lot of acts and DJs that wouldn’t have had the stage to do so otherwise,” continues fellow resident Terry Francis. “For me, it’s the best club in the world from top to bottom.”

From Villalobos to names like Ivan Smagghe, dubstep pioneer Skream and even Kompakt’s Michael Mayer, the number of artists that Fabric has elevated to the grandest stage in the UK runs on and on. It’s no understatement to say that Fabric is responsible for breaking more cutting-edge talent than any other venue in the UK — if not the globe.

But for all its avant-garde vision and pioneering line-ups, Fabric’s crowning position is most vindicated by the atmosphere that is routinely generated in both the cavernous neo-industrial main room and its marginally smaller second room. Not a stroked chin in sight, we’ve seen crowd-surfing mayhem erupt at Pendulum’s Fabric Live gig, epic Richie Hawtin marathons unpeel into the deep, debauched hours of midday Sunday and nights like Breakspoll and Adventures in the Beetroot Field cause sell-out mayhem on school nights.

And that, surely, is the reason why Fabric remains No.1. Because all its world-beating soundsystem, epic labyrinth layout and cutting-edge talent would mean nothing if it weren’t for the plethora of enduring memories and classic moments that the venue has stitched into club culture’s rich tapestry.

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FABRIC
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SPACE IBIZA
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AMNESIA
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The End
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WOMB
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Panorama Bar
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PACHA IBIZA
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GUVERNMENT
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WARUNG
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WATERGATE
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ZOUK SINGAPORE
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Turnmills
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The Arches
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DC-10
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Yellow
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SANKEYS MCR
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Stereo
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ROBERT JOHNSON
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BERGHAIN
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SIRENA
22
RAZZMATAZZ
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The Ministry Of Sound
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Pacha Miami
25
Plastic People
26
Cocoon
27
Pawn Shop Lounge
28
The Barfly
29
La Mania
30
SUB CLUB
31
Tribehouse
32
My House
33
D-EDGE
34
MINISTRY OF SOUND
35
FABRIK
36
Vanguard
37
CIELO
38
Circa
39
Pacha Buenos Aires
40
The Rex
41
La Terrazza
42
Spy Bar
43
PRIVILEGE
44
Space Miami
45
TRESOR
46
Weekend
47
CAVO PARADISO
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Mix Club
49
Kristal
50
MANSION
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AGEHA
52
Ruby Skye
53
Propaganda
54
Pacha Sharm
55
Fuse
56
Kelly's
57
Home Sydney
58
Air
59
Club 205
60
Club 11
61
Heaven
62
Mission
63
Nitsa
64
Club Crystal
65
Audio
66
Factory Club
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Culture Club
69
Koko
70
Alter Ego
71
Trilogy
72
ANZUCLUB
73
La Péniche Concorde Atlantique
74
The End Up
75
El Divino
76
COCORICO
77
Paradiso
78
Club V4
79
MAD CLUB
80
Angels Of Love
81
Babyface
82
Avalon
83
M2
84
CHINESE LAUNDRY
85
Stiff Kitten
86
THE LOFT
87
Monza
88
Il Muretto
89
La Cova Forest Club
90
The Sullivan Room
91
Coco
92
Volar
93
Cabaret Voltaire
94
Villa Oslo
95
The Mass
96
Seone
97
Gt Banana
98
Barutana
99
The Caves
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