The management of iconic London club, fabric, have thanked the public as it is announced its doors will open once again.
“We are hugely thankful to be able to confirm the news that we have won our licence back” the club said in a statement released to their Facebook page on the 21st of November. “…thank you to all of you. Without the strength of your backing this would not have happened. You saved fabric.”
The club was forced to close in September after Islington Council said that on the door searches were inadequate to stop clubbers entering with and taking drugs on the premise, especially in the wake of two drug-related fatalities that initially caused the club to lose its licence. The closure went ahead in spite of a Change.org petition to save it exceeded 150,000 signatures.
Public backlash following the closure has been massive, with the launch of hashtags such as #savefabric and #savenightlife. Many feared fabric would face the same fate as Manchester club Haçienda – now a block of luxury apartments. The crux of the campaign to save the club, #saveourculture, has (at time of writing) raised £325,713 through donations and sales of merchandise.
In a court hearing on Monday 21st November, Islington council agreed to allow the club to reopen following acceptance of the owners’ thirty-two new conditions aimed to target drug and substance abuse. These conditions will include a strict over-19s policy, the use of electronic ID scanners on the doors and lifetime bans for those using drugs on the premises.
fabric will also be held responsible for Islington council’s legal costs; however, this will not come from supporter’s donations.
The news of the reopening has been received joyfully by people of London and further afield. Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan tweeted:
English garage duo, Gorgon City, seemed equally enthused by the news:
Jennifer Redfern, a fourth year student at the University of East Anglia originally from Wimbledon, spoke about her fabric experience, what she thought of the campaign to save the club and what she believes the future has in store for it.
“It is quite a big club, it’s a very big tourist attraction, it is very important to a lot of people. I know that the Mayor of London was very keen for it to stay open. They have a lot of big DJs playing there so it’s important for music!”
“I think it was quite a nice community effort to save something that obviously means a lot to them. I don’t think it should have been shut down because of what happened, obviously some changes needed to be made but yeah, I don’t think closing it was necessarily going to help anything.”
“I think people will definitely go there, in some ways I think it will be quite good publicity for them, quite ironically, because I think more people probably know about it now than did before, and will probably go now because they will want to see what all the fuss has been about.”
It remains unclear when exactly fabric’s doors will open again, however the news that they will do at some point seems to be enough for the time being.