London’s Fabric is to shut its doors permanently after having its licence revoked by Islington Council.
The night club, which has become an institution on the capital’s electronic music scene since it first opened in 1999, closed temporarily in mid-August following two drug-related deaths and a council decision to review its licence.
After some deliberation, the Islington authorities has now decided to revoke the club’s licence.
This follows a petition launched by one of the club’s resident DJs and promoters Jacob Hustley to save the club which has attracted almost 150,000 signatories to date.
Fabric has released a statement following the decision: ‘Fabric is extremely disappointed with Islington Council’s decision to revoke our license. This is an especially sad day for those who have supported us, particularly the 250 staff who will now lose their jobs. Closing Fabric is not the answer to the drug-related problems clubs like ours are working to prevent, and sets a troubling precedent for the future of London’s night time economy.’
Commenting on the decision, Sadiq Khan, mayor of London, said: ‘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.’
Sadiq is currently seeking to recruit a night czar to work as a champion for London’s night life economy.
We also recently spoke with PRS for Music dance account manager Ash Howard on the challenges and opportunities currently facing the UK electronic community.