Farringdon nightclub Fabric will be allowed to reopen following a deal was cut with Islington Council to overturn the decision to revoke its license. According to the Islington Gazette, Fabric’s management agreed upon a set of strict conditions with Islington Council, and will be allowed to continue opening for parties as long as these conditions are adhered to after Judge Robin McPhee of the Highbury magistrates court approved the new agreement.
The reversal of the decision comes after the closure provoked a significant reaction, with hundreds of thousands of people registering their discontent by signing petitions, donating to fund the appeal and writing letters to important figures in order to convey the widely held belief that UK nightlife needs greater protection. Dubbed ‘Save Our Culture’, the campaign demonstrated a strong sense of community behind the nightclub, with over £300,000 raised in donations. London mayor Sadiq Khan also expressed his support for a compromise to be made.
Though a timescale for the reopening is yet to be announced, it is apparent that new conditions will change the way that Fabric is operated when it does again open to the public. Drawn from a 155-page document put forward by the club’s management in November, the 38 new measures of the security “gold standard” include lifetime bans for anyone caught asking for drugs, CCTV monitoring, ID scanners and the refusal of entry to people of under nineteen years old for main events.
Words by Andrew Kemp
Photo courtesy of Fabric