A protest to ‘save London’s nightlife’ is happening this Saturday
Nearly 4,000 people are going
A demonstration is taking place this Saturday to ‘save London’s nightlife community’. Organisers have said: “we need to protect the sacred place where we gather, where we feel alive & where we fall in love”.
The closure of Fabric in August has led to growing concerns about the future of London’s clubbing scene. One of London’s most famous clubs, it had its licence revoked by Islington council following two drug-related deaths.
The Facebook event for the demonstration already has 3,700 people attending, as well as a further 2,700 who are interested in going.
The description reads:
Because our culture made us who we are.
We are all different and our culture reflects this.
However we all have one thing in common, each and everyone of us wouldn’t be who we are today without the clubs, the bars the art galleries, the festivals, the concerts, the raves, the venues & the parties.
We need to protect the sacred place where we gather, where we feel alive & where we fall in love. The places where we release our energy and where it gives us the motivation to go back to work on Mondays. The places where we come together as a whole, as a community. The places where we get inspired & the places where we can create.
The government need to step up and defend the millions of people’s right to our culture.
Our culture is under threat, UK nightlife is under threat. Strict licensing laws, unchecked housing development in historically late night areas and a lack of awareness about the benefits of nightlife culture have led to a 50% decrease in venues across the country.
Over the last ten years, nearly half of London’s clubs have closed permanently. One of the main causes of club closure has been the rising value in London property- increasing 5.1 per cent in the last 12 months– leading to rising rents as well as stricter licensing laws imposed by local councils.
It was announced yesterday that a court date for an appeal against Islington council’s decision to revoke Fabric’s license will be heard on Monday, the 28th of November.
The demonstration will be starting at 1pm on Saturday the 8th of October at Hoxton Square.
You can check out the Facebook event here.