The early hours of Wednesday 7th September eerily sounded the end of arguably the UK’s most respected clubbing institution. The decision taken by Islington council to revoke Fabric’s license sent shockwaves through the world of underground dance; aftershocks being felt across the country as the foundations of a once celebrated part of UK culture were shaken to the core, allowing fear and paranoia to spread to clubs and promoters alike that the heavy hand of the law may soon turn its attentions to them.
While September 7th will be marked as a dark day for club culture in the UK, a silver lining to the decision shined a glimmer of hope in the aftermath, as dormant and active supporters of the scene quickly found their voice and spoke out in unison against the decision. The most brutal of wake up calls, Fabric’s closure has lit a fiery initiative to preserve what remains of UK club culture, and taking the steps toward reinstating the licence of a club which found itself made into an example for all to see has already begun.
Fabric needs your help, and here’s how you can do your part.
A number of events will be taking place in support of the Save Our Culture campaign over the course of the coming weeks. All proceeds of the events will be donated to Fabric’s legal battle to reinstate their licence. So far London venue Village Underground has hosted their own fundraiser with appearances from Riccardo Villalobos, Craig Richards and Joy Orbison. The Warehouse Project will invite Fabric to Manchester for a WHP x Fabriclive show on Friday 11th November, while anti-power establishment Church, under the guidance of Back To Basics, host their own Save Our Culture party on Friday 28th October. Further details below.
House Of Vans presents #SaveOurCulture
Fri 21st Oct / House Of Vans, London
#SaveOurCulture: Kolsch & more
Fri 28th Oct / Church, Leeds
WHP x Fabriclive - Danny Brown & more
Fri 11th Nov / Store Street, Manchester
Circus & Fabric present #SaveOurCulture - Tale Of Us, Maceo Plex, Yousef & more
Sat 26th Nov / Camp & Furnace, Liverpool
The Hydra & Fabric presents: #SaveOurCulture: Joseph Capriati & more
Fri 2nd Dec / Studio Spaces, London
#SaveOurCulture 2 // Nina Kraviz, Alan Fitzpatrick & more
Sat 3rd Dec / Great Suffolk Street Warehouse, London
#SaveOurCulture 3 // Jamie Jones, KiNK & more
Sat 10th Dec / Great Suffolk Street Warehouse, London
(Save Our Culture at Village Underground - Photo: Antonio Cavalieri)
Fabric’s battle against closure will be a painstaking one. Not only in terms of financial strain, but also the effort required to take on a well oiled and funded prosecution team. So far the Save Our Culture campaign has generously been granted over £300,000 in donations from members of the public, fellow clubs, artists and DJs. Parting with the price of a ticket to get into the former club will not just contribute toward the growing legal costs, but the significance of another name joining the fight will speak volumes alongside the incredible monetary support already offered. As impressive as the support has been so far, there is still a long way to go. By following the link below you can make a donation to the Save Our Culture Campaign, and whether big or small, all help will go toward keeping the legal battle afloat, critically keeping the fight alive.
The battle to reinstate Fabric as a cultural figure should not be confined to the courtroom. Alongside events to draw attention and raise money for the Save Our Culture campaign, do your part to ensure the fight is not swept clear from the general public’s conscious. Augments will rage on whether the judgement to close Fabric is just or not. However, if you feel an integral part of the UK’s clubbing identity, a cultural phenomenon, and - when it comes down to it - a great club deserves better than the cards it has been dealt, then make sure the public sphere is aware of it.
For further information on the save our culture campaign click here.
Words by Elliot Ryder
Photos courtesy of Danny Seaton Via Fabric Gallery