The influential London nightclub Fabric closed this past August after two 18-year-old attendees died from drug overdoses. The Islington council then met to finalize the decision to shut down the club, with licensing subcommittee chair Flora Williamson inciting “a culture of drugs at Fabric which management cannot control” as the reason for it’s closure. Today, as the Islington Gazette points out, the club is set to reopen after a last-minute appeal hearing.
Judge Robin McPhee overruled the council’s decision after a petition to save the club enlisted 160,000 signatures. McPhee gave the club license to operate under strict set of conditions including: attendees under the age of 19 are not allowed, the club must install CCTV live-feed monitors and ID scanners, and an immediate lifetime ban be issued against anyone caught dealing or in possession of drugs. Fabric made this short statement about Judge McPhee’s decision shortly after the proceedings:
Fabric is committed to doing all it reasonably can to ensure that no more of its clubbers come to drug-related harm. It also recognises that there need to be, and will be, changes to its management structure and accountability.
The club later posted a longer statement on Facebook:
You Saved fabric
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.
There are 38 new conditions total that the club must meet before opening, and there is no tentative date on when it will reopen as of yet.