Clubbing in the UK might not be dead yet; Fabric is saved!
Following it’s closure earlier this year clubbers, artists, musos, and many others banded together to save London’s now infamous Fabric nightclub.
Back in September Fabric had it’s club license revoked after two drug-related deaths caused concerns over the safety of the club. The club’s closure resonated with clubbers and music lovers across the world who banded together to save one of the UK’s most iconic night spots.
World famous DJs and even the new mayor of London Sadiq Khan showed support in reopening Fabric. Supporters managed to raise a massive £325,000 towards the legal costs of fighting the club’s closure which paid off as a compromise was found for it’s reopening by District Judge Robin McPhee. The reopening will entail some strict licensing conditions but nothing strict enough to undercut the success of the club and it’s support in fighting it’s closure.
Judge McPhee told the court: “I’m satisfied that the council and Fabric pulled together to get a set of workable conditions to prevent drug use and supply.” The regulations for the club will include a new 19+ age limit as well as ID scanners at the club’s entry in the 155 page document detailing their new conditions.
In a public statement on Facebook, Fabric wrote:
We are hugely thankful to be able to confirm the news that we have won our licence back. We owe everything to our supporters. We really would not be here today without your unparalleled support and generosity. So many different people stepped up to put their voices to our cause, artists from all corners of the music community, fellow promoters who have put on huge events from us and clubbers from around the world who all united behind us. We’ve even seen people sporting their #savefabric T Shirts on the other side of this planet showing just how big this thing is.
So, thank you to all of you. Without the strength of your backing this would not have happened.
You saved fabric.
We’ll be back with some news about #saveourculture and our next steps when we can.
As Fabric raised so much money in support of their cause they say that will be pledging all leftover cash to “other worthy causes within the industry”. As nightclubs around the world, particularly in the UK, are constantly facing dangers of closure or business-killing restrictions there will likely be plenty of other venues in need of support to keep nightlifes alive.