Fabric Saved: London's Famed Nightclub Gains Approval to Reopen
Fabric has been toughly fighting to save its name and reputation since the London nightclub was closed last August following the drug-related deaths of two young 18 year old men.
The club's license was originally revoked on August 6th, and since that time fabric has been toughly defending its position as one of the world's best run clubs. In September, Islington Council denied fabric's request to be reissued an operating license on the basis that the club was a safe haven for liberal drug use. Since that time, fabric has raised over £300,000 in donations, as well as having launched several #savefabric curated events and music releases.
Now, fabric is getting the green light to reopen in accordance with 32 strict new club-initiated policies to crack down on risky behavior. The nightclub submitted a 155-page document to the Islington Council detailing the new policy initiatives, including increasing the minimum age to 19 and the implementation of ID scanners and drug sniffing dogs.
The Guardian reports that the club was given approval by judge Robin McPhee of the the Highbury magistrates court:
“I’m satisfied that the council and Fabric pulled together to get a set of workable conditions to prevent drug use and supply.”
Fabric penned an open letter to fans thanking them for the support throughout the process:
The fight to save fabric has also raised awareness to London's Mayor Sadiq Khan about London's dwindling nightlife economy:
“The issues faced by Fabric point to a wider problem of how we protect London’s night-time economy, while ensuring it is safe and enjoyable for everyone. Over the past eight years, London has lost 50% of its nightclubs and 40% of its live music venues. This decline must stop if London is to retain its status as a 24-hour city with a world-class nightlife.”
After appealing Amy Lame to be London's new "night czar" to be a leading figure in promoting the interests of the nightlife economy.
This marks a major victory for the nightlife community and its fights to maintain its space within London's rapidly developing real estate market. It has not been revealed when the London nightclub is expected to officially re-open.
H/T: The Gardian