London's Mayor has spoken out against the Metropolitan Police's use of risk assessment Form 696, which many musicians and artists feel is being used unfairly to stifle London's grassroots grime and garage scenes.
Khan, who has thrown his support behind London's nighttime economy since being elected, has ordered a review into the use of the form, which mandates venues, promoters and artists hand over information about their event 14 days before it is scheduled to take place.
London welcomed a new chapter in its clubbing history when Printworks opened last weekend.
The monstrous new multi-room, multi-purpose venue in Canada Water saw Seth Troxler b2b The Martinez Brothers b2b Loco Dice play Printworks’ 2,500-capacity main room at its inaugural party on Saturday 4th February, but it was the wider meaning of London’s new mega venue opening that was more exciting for the London club scene.
Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, says he is "delighted" that renowned nightclub Fabric will reopen following a agreement reached between the venue, Metropolitan police and local council.
Yesterday Khan tweeted about the decision, calling it "fantastic news" and thanking Islington for finding a compromise.
Fantastic news. Confirmed that Fabric has reached a new agreement with Islington Council and will reopen. Thank you Islington.
Amy Lamé has been appointed as the London Night Czar by Sadiq Khan.
The London Mayor announced Lamé’s position at Soho’s 100 Club this morning (Friday 4th November), with the new appointment promising she is “100% the Night Czar for all Londoners”.
Khan first revealed details of the new role in August, as part of his attempts to “shape London’s future as a 24-hour city”.
London Mayor Sadiq Khan has vowed to introduce the agent of change principle in the next London Plan. He made the pledge in a statement on Facebook.
The law, if passed, would protect London venues by meaning that property developers would be responsible for ensuring they don’t threaten the future of existing establishments, which would include developers paying for soundproofing venues if new residents were affected.
Four Tet has been invited by London Mayor Sadiq Khan to speak at city hall about his views on the revocation of fabric’s license earlier this week, as well as the “London club situation” as a whole.
DJs around the globe spoke in support of the iconic London venue, but Four Tet, real name Kieran Hebden, posted that he had sent a direct message to Khan, stating the London Mayor is “failing right now”.
What happened at Islington Town Hall on Tuesday night (Sept 6th) was not a hearing, for you cannot hear when you refuse to listen — even when 150,000 voices cry out in unison. No, what happened instead was the heart of the London club scene was brutally torn out. After well over six hours of debate and deliberation, 17-year-old institution, Fabric, through which over 5000 artists and six million clubbers have passed since opening, had its licence revoked, taking with it the jobs of 250 heart-broken staff, and forever disfiguring the landscape of the UK’s pioneering club culture.
The Mayor Of London, Sadiq Khan, has issued a statement about the closure of Fabric.
“London’s iconic clubs are an essential part of our cultural landscape.
“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.
London Mayor Sadiq Khan has opened up about fabric’s licensing troubles, which has seen the club close down for a month following the drug-related deaths of two 18-year olds at the club in a nine-week period. A hearing to decide the venue’s fate is due to take place on Tuesday 6th September.
Sadiq Khan responded to the #savefabric petition earlier this week, urging all parties involved to “find a common sense solution that ensures the club remains open while protecting the safety of those who want to enjoy London’s clubbing scene.”
Now, resident fabric DJ and promoter who set up the campaign, Jacob Husley, has replied, thanking the Mayor of London but also saying “more needs to be done”.