Published Sep 07, 2016Since opening its doors in 1999, London nightclub Fabric has become a legendary destination for electronic music fans looking to have late-night fun, as well as the starting point for the esteemed independent record label launched in 2001 under the same name. Today (September 7), though, the club has been ordered to permanently shut down operations.
Earlier this summer, there were two separate drug-related deaths at the club. In the weeks since the 18-year-old boys died, the club has been temporarily closed and undergone an independent review, as well as being the target of covert police investigations. Despite supporters' campaign to #savefabric, the Islington borough council permanently revoked Fabric's licence today, claiming that searches performed by the club's security staff had been "inadequate and in breach of licence."
Undercover police investigations also found Fabric's drug policies and intervention strategies to be subpar. "Staff intervention and security was grossly inadequate in light of the overwhelming evidence that it was abundantly obvious that patrons in the club were on drugs and manifesting symptoms showing that they were," the decision reads [via The Guardian]."This included sweating, glazed red eyes and staring into space, and people asking for help."
Following the deaths at Fabric, London mayor Sadiq Khan voiced his support for finding a solution that would allow Fabric and similar clubs to continue to operate under safer conditions.
"London's iconic clubs are an essential part of our cultural landscape," he told The Guardian prior to today's ruling. "My team have spoken to all involved in the current situation and I am urging them 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."
Fabric has responded to the licence review hearing, thanking supporters for their now futile efforts to save the club. The full statement reads:
We are 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.
We want to also say a huge thank you to the support we received, 150,000 of you signed the petition to support us and London's nightlife. All of our community – fellow promoters, artists, venues, friends, magazines, blogs, ravers all our family have backed us online offering up their platforms and resources – we have been deeply touched by seeing you all rally together behind us.
It's too early to comment on what our next step will be, but for now we have asked Resident Advisor to issue refunds for all the upcoming events we have sold tickets for.