Top UK Dance Promoters Join #saveourculture Campaign to Support Fabric Nightclub
A consortium of several of the U.K.'s leading dance music promoters have joined forces in support of London nightclub Fabric, after its closure sent shockwaves through its long-established community.
The long-running and hugely popular British club was forced to lock its doors on Sept. 7 after Islington Council revoked its license in the wake of the drug-related deaths of two 18-year-olds earlier in 2016. A petition opposing the closure has attracted 160,000 signatures, with everyone from Skrillex to Chase and Status to Disclosure expressing anger and dismay at the venue's untimely demise.
In response, the club owners have launched a #saveourculture campaign, with all monies raised going towards appealing the council's decision.
"Although fabric [sic] is a successful business with financial provisions to cope with extenuating circumstances, these simply may not be sufficient to pay for an extensive legal battle and also to keep the club alive until a court hearing," wrote Fabric managing director Gary Kilbey on the club's website after its closure. "In these circumstances it will be necessary to utilize the fundraising to support the continued hibernation of the club," he added.
To aid that fundraising push, a number of leading British dance promoters, including The Warehouse Project, Circus, Chibuku, Team Love, Motion, The Blast, Sub Club, Resident Advisor and Eastern Electrics, have come together to stage three London club nights, with all profits going towards Fabric's legal battle.
The #saveourculture series begins October 15 -- the same date as what would have been Fabric's 17th birthday -- at Great Suffolk Street with Ricardo Villalobos, Seth Troxler, Fabric residents Craig Richards and Terry Francis and Berlin's Ben Klock and Rødhåd among the artists on the bill.
Jamie Jones, Nina Kraviz, Luke Slater, Alan Fitzpatrick, Barker and Baumecker, KiNK have also signed up to perform as part of the fundraising series.
Meanwhile, popular club night WetYourSelf!, which has ran every Sunday at Fabric for the past eight years, has announced that it will relocate to East London venue Aquarium until the club reopens, with all profits from its Oct. 2 opening party going towards the campaign.
"The love and support we've received from all four corners of the globe shows how much our community has grown in the last 17 years, and further it makes us proud to see just how relevant our basement in Farringdon has become," said Kilbey shortly after the launch of the #saveourculture campaign, which received over £140,000 ($180,000) in donations in under four days. That figure has now climbed to over £200,000 ($260,000).
In a transparency statement setting out how the funds would be used, Kilbey said that an appeal to the Magistrates' Court has been lodged and that the club would "be pushing for the earliest possible hearing date."
"We hope that you all understand the magnitude of the challenge we are facing, and the enormous funding required," he said, adding that "in the unlikely event of us failing to overturn the decision at appeal, any remaining funds will be used to support other venues and events who have had a similar experience to us and are under threat from unreasonable licensing requirements."
Kilbey added, "We are doing what we feel is the right thing, for us and the whole music sector."