When it first opened in 1999, Fabric was a top class addition to London’s underground nightlife. Building on the quality line-ups that places like The End had been securing, the labyrinthine former meat-packing warehouse immediately foregrounded techno and drum & bass and has been invaluable to the continued flourishing of those scenes over all the years since. For instance, DJ Hype’s Playaz night has been running since virtually the start, providing a regular central London home for the drum & bass scene to continue to blossom.
The growth of breakbeat and dubstep in the UK — the club made Caspa and Rusko residents in the mid-noughties before anybody had heard of them — also owed a lot to Fabric, and although these styles have fallen away somewhat in recent times, Fabric continues to innovate. The resurgent grime sound has featured significantly over the past couple of years, and in 2016 Fabric is making its debut at a festival by hosting a space at Lovebox in London this summer.