Fabric is officially closing forever
Islington Borough Council are permanently revoking their license
Islington Borough Council has announced its decision to permanently suspend the licence of Fabric ensuring its permanent closure.
Fabric's licence has been revoked #FabricReview
— Mixmag (@Mixmag) September 7, 2016
The news was announced after a final council hearing which lasted for over six hours and heard testimony from police, Fabric management and former customers of the club.
Will Millner, a 25-year-old DJ from London and the founder of Hijacked Festival, said: “I can’t really believe it…I’m gutted. The club responsible for introducing dance music to the majority of our generation either through their events, mix series, or global sponsorship of electronic music has been shut by one, myopic council for reasons far beyond the control of the club.
“A single venue can’t be held responsible for a national drug problem. Regulation, following SGP’s lead is by far the best option.
“This result is a disaster for creativity in London and yet another nail in the coffin for young people in the UK.”
Earlier this summer, a petition was launched to try and save the club and amassed over 146,000 signatures in just over two weeks.
It was started by resident Fabric DJ Jacob Husley, and hit 40,000 signatures in under 24 hours.
Mr Husley’s petition states that Fabric is “like a big family” and that “no matter how old you are, rich or poor, colour or gender, you are welcome in the club and you will be looked after.”
The petition references the welcome rolled out to a pair of elderly Polish clubbers in their 70s who famously visited the club while on their holiday a few months ago.
Fabric’s licence was temporarily revoked by Scotland Yard after two 18-year-old men died over a six week period during June and August.
In a statement on their website at the time, Fabric management said: “For the past 2 years fabric has operated without incident but tragically in the past 9 weeks two 18-year-old boys have died as a consequence of drug overdoses.
“In order to understand how this has happened we have agreed with the police and other agencies to suspend our operation whilst we investigate.”
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