London Nightclub Fabric Cleared to Reopen
London nightclub Fabric is set to reopen after a judge signed off a new agreement by owners and local officials. The Independent reports that Fabric management has agreed upon a set of nearly 40 conditions with the Islington Council -- the body that closed the club in September -- including age restrictions, CCTV monitoring, ID scanners and strict rules on drug dealing and/or possession.
"We are now satisfied revocation of the license is not necessary," the council’s Ranjit Bhose told the Islington Gazette. "Fabric has accepted procedure for searching and drug dealing within the club were not sufficient. It has now accepted 38 new conditions as well as its 155-page operating manual. The authority is satisfied Fabric understands what has to be done."
Judge Robin McPhee said he was "satisfied that the council and Fabric pulled together to get a set of workable conditions to prevent drug use and supply future."
Fabric owners released a statement following the decision:
We are hugely thankful to be able to confirm the news that we have won our licence back. We owe everything to our supporters. We really would not be here today without your unparalleled support and generosity. So many different people stepped up to put their voices to our cause, artists from all corners of the music community, fellow promoters who have put on huge events from us and clubbers from around the world who all united behind us. We’ve even seen people sporting their #savefabric T Shirts on the other side of this planet showing just how big this thing is.
So, thank you to all of you. Without the strength of your backing this would not have happened.
You saved Fabric.
The long-running club was forced to lock its doors on Sept. 7 after the Islington Borough Council revoked its license following the drug-related deaths of two 18-year-olds earlier this year. The Council's decision sent shock waves through the dance music community worldwide and led to multiple fundraising efforts to help with Fabric's legal expenses.
London mayor Sadiq Khan, who had previously urged both parties to reach an agreement, said on Monday that the club’s re-opening "shows we can find common-sense solutions that protect both the future of clubs and the safety of all clubbers."
Fantastic news. Confirmed that Fabric has reached a new agreement with Islington Council and will reopen. Thank you Islington.— Mayor of London (@MayorofLondon) November 21, 2016
This is a developing story.