A petition to prevent the potential closure of Fabric has gained the support of 78,000 signators since being posted online at change.org on Wednesday evening, with scores of supporters speaking out in anger at the prospect of the iconic Farringdon club being forced to permanently shut its doors.
Last Monday the superclub was made to close ‘indefinitely’ whilst Islington council reviews its license, in the wake of two drug-related deaths which have been linked to the club in the last few months. Both 18, the two victims fell ill at the club and died shortly after in hospital, leading to renewed pressure for action to be taken after the club survived a 2015 ruling following four drug-related deaths in three years. Having successfully appealed against security measures ordering the use of sniffer dogs and ID scanning, the nightspot was found to be a “beacon of best practice” by Judge Gillian Allison, according to a statement issued by Fabric’s solicitor Paddy Whur. Now facing opposition from Islington Council and the Metropolitan Police, a huge number of the club’s supporters have again voiced their support, with many high-profile public figures also stressing the importance of Fabric within the London community.
Among those to publicly air their views, many top DJs have urged their fans to speak out and sign the petition, whilst London Mayor Sadiq Khan has also expressed his hope that Fabric, the police and Islington authorities would “find an approach that protects clubbers' safety & the future of the club”. Having actively voiced his intention to protect London’s nightlife, an issue that has been rising in profile in the context of waves of club closures and the resultant Nightlife Matters movement, Khan has already overseen the opening of the London Night Tube and advertised for the position of the city’s first Night Czar. Whilst such measures undoubtedly represent positive steps, it is difficult to say whether they can be successful whilst the future of one of the capital’s most iconic and respected clubs hangs in the balance.
Follow this link if you would like to lend your support to the campaign by signing the petition to stop the closure of Fabric.
Words by Andrew Kemp
Photo courtesy of Danny Seaton