2016: The Year in Charts

Fabric Fans Laugh at Idea That Faster BPMs Are Dangerous But Take #FabricReview Hearing Very Seriously

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Fabric nightclub in London.

Much has been said about the recent closure of London's legendary nightclub Fabric. The institution beloved by dance music fans and superstar DJs alike had its license revoked in early August following the fatal drug overdoses of two 18-year-old patrons.

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Local police claim the club is a dangerous drug haven that refuses to meet safety standards, but Fabric founders, employees and fans around the world say that couldn't be farther from the truth. A petition was created to show support for the reinstatement of Fabric's license, and London's Mayor agreed to a review hearing in light of so many messages in support of the motion.

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Journalists inside the hearing, currently being conducted at press time, have live-tweeted the hearing events. It sounds like a lot of emotional finger-pointing from police and a lot of rebuttal from Fabric's side of things, but the most meme-worthy comment so far seems to have sprung from when the committee chair offered that perhaps a ban on music with higher bpms would leave partiers somehow less endangered by drug use.

It's a silly question that has elicited many silly responses on a very serious subject.

Billboard Dance will continue to monitor the story as it develops. Follow along by watching the hashtag #FabricReview on Twitter.