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Matter
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Never bet against Keith Reilly and his Fabric team. When Reilly opened matter last September, cynics might have balked at the idea of attracting 5000 ravers a week to a space marooned in the industrial no-man's-land of Greenwich Peninsula. But seven months on, Reilly and co. have stuck one in the eye to the doubters with Sven Väth's Cocoon, Bugged Out, John Digweed's Bedrock and Dubfire's Sci+Tec all stepping onboard and numbers rocketing by the week.

All exposed stone and clean steel, the neo-industrial main room is the centrepiece of what is unquestionably the most expertly designed venue in the capital. With sub-woofers under the floor, the customised Body Kinetic soundsystem takes Fabric's prototype to the next level, whilst 3D lighting effects and LED screens create an immersive audio-visual experience that is unlike any other in the capital. Period.

But it's the little touches that matter most. Boasting almost triple the toilet allocation of Fabric, the venue also uses a bespoke barcode cloakroom system that speeds the usually painful process to an ultra-quick optimum.

"The whole place is geared to keep people away from the bars, toilets and cloakrooms and make sure they are down in front of the speakers, involved with what's going on," explains Cameron Leslie, Reilly's main partner in the project.

"Most clubs will pour all their money into one aspect of the club and forget about something else, but the Fabric team always strive for perfection on all levels," explains John Digweed. "The best lighting and sound is always guaranteed but also things like making sure the air conditioning is just right.

"From a performance aspect, you're right in the thick of it with the crowd in front of you and balconies on all the different levels above. It gives it a coliseum effect with you at centre of the storm."

After a feet-finding start, the atmosphere in that storm is now hitting tornado-level intensity every week too. Anyone doubting the venue's initial programming can only applaud a roster that marries d&b favourites Ram and Hospitality with soulful house giants like MN2S and Louie 'Masters At Work' Vega's Soul Heaven and new success stories like Nic Fanciulli's Saved Sessions.

At a time when London clubbing needs it the most, matter is making it happen.

1
BERGHAIN
2
FABRIC
3
SPACE IBIZA
4
WOMB
5
AMNESIA
6
MINISTRY OF SOUND
7
PACHA IBIZA
8
WATERGATE
9
D-EDGE
10
The End
11
Cocoon
12
GUVERNMENT
13
ZOUK SINGAPORE
14
SUB CLUB
15
WARUNG
16
SANKEYS MCR
17
DC-10
18
Plastic People
19
SIRENA
20
21
Paradiso
22
Pacha Buenos Aires
23
Beta Nightclub
24
ROBERT JOHNSON
25
Ruby Skye
26
Matter
27
The Arches
28
Space Miami
29
Club Volume
30
Pacha Miami
31
AGEHA
32
Hardpop
33
RAZZMATAZZ
34
CIELO
35
Eden
36
Alte Börse
37
The Rex
38
Batofar
39
Studio Martin
40
Avalon
41
Club JB's
42
My House
43
CAVO PARADISO
44
FABRIK
45
Noxx
46
TENAX CLUB
47
Fuse
48
Clash Club
49
PRIVILEGE
50
Onzi-eme
51
ANZUCLUB
52
52 Crystal
53
Vanguard
54
Villa
55
Metro City
56
Kristal
57
Club Midi
58
360°
59
Harry Klein
60
MANSION
61
Circa
62
ARMA 17
63
Club Der Visionaere
64
Vision
65
Vinyl
66
Caves
67
CHINESE LAUNDRY
68
Goa Club
69
Stereo
70
Bar 25
71
Byblos
72
Warehouse
73
Heaven
74
Air
75
Florida 135
76
Culture Box
77
MINT CLUB
78
Dirty Dancing
79
Circus Afterhours
80
Tribehouse
81
Cabaret Voltaire
82
Pacha Sharm
83
1015
84
Haoman 17
85
Prince Of Wales Bandroom
86
Numero Uno
87
MOTION & MARBLE FACTORY
88
Barfly
89
Café D'Anvers
90
Stiff Kitten
91
Factory Club
92
93
TRESOR
94
Global
95
YALTA
96
LUX FRAGIL
97
Sq Klub
98
Le Queen
99
Weekend
100
Le Bataclan