On Monday, November 21st, a district judge at Highbury Corner Magistrates issued a statement which is sure to reverberate around the landscape of #Electronic Dance Music culture; despite efforts to permanently close the club, #fabric london, will again be granted a license to operate.
One more chance to dance for Fabric London
London Mayor #Sadiq Khan was an outspoken supporter of keeping Fabric open, frequently citing its cultural and historical importance to London's vibrant arts scene. The mayor was quick to post enthusiastically on Facebook within moments of the news that a pathway to legally keep Fabric open was in the works: "As Mayor, I’m delighted that agreement has been reached and that Fabric will now reopen. We needed to find a common-sense solution that protects both the future of Fabric and the safety of all clubbers – and we have. I especially want to thank Islington Council for working so hard to help find a solution."
Fabric has been at the forefront of dance music culture since it first opened it's doors in 1999. Founded by Keith Reilly and Cameron Leslie. Since opening, Fabric London's "Room 1" and "Room 2" have acted as incubation centers for some of underground and popular music's most important acts. Fabric has always employed a very open-minded programming schedule with Hip Hop, Bass Music, Electro, Breakbeat, Trance, House and Trance all represented at various times and in special showcases. Since 2001, the Fabric and Fabric Live mix series have presented the cutting edge of electronic music culture and have been some of the most celebrated and respected releases of dance music, by any label, in the world.
The recent efforts to close Fabric came after Ryan Browne and Jack Crossley, each aged 18 years passed away allegedly after taking illegal drugs while inside the club. Islington Council, the local government organization tasked with granting licensure to businesses like Fabric was determined to close the night club following the highly publicized deaths of the teens. The new licensing requirements of Fabric require the club to take a more proactive stance against protecting it's customers and working closer with local law enforcement to ensure safety. Efforts galvanized under the slogan Save Fabric raised £320,000 in efforts to support a legal pathway for the club to reopen. Artists from around their world took part in efforts to raise awareness of Fabric's potential closure and stature within the landscape of international dance music culture. It seems at this time as if those outreach efforts paid off.
Fabric is a cultural institution of deep importance to London and the world
Fabric London took to Facebook to thank its many supporters: "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."
At this time it is unclear what performers will be tapped to play Fabric's reopening party but it seems clear a very special party is in the works!