London Mayor Sadiq Khan has responded to pleas from superstar DJ Sasha and others to find a way to revive the London club Fabric which has been forced to close indefinitely following the drug-related deaths of two teenage guests.
Khan admits he wants the so-called superclub to stay in business as part of his mission to keep the city’s vibrant night culture humming along. He tweeted that he’s urging the venue’s management, the Metropolitan Police and the city’s Islington Council “to find an approach that protects clubbers‘ safety and the future of the club.”
The 1,600-capacity London staple had its licence suspended following the death of two teenage clubbers within two months. One man died in hospital last Saturday (Aug. 6) after he collapsed outside the venue, and the other man died on June 25, the BBC reports. Both men were 18 years old and their deaths are being investigated.
Several petitions in support of Fabric have appeared online, and fans of top-rated site are sharing the #SaveFabric hashtag on social media. The campaign has also enjoyed celebrity support. DJ Sasha, the veteran house maestro, urged Khan to “listen to pleas from DJs all around the world to help Fabric reopen. London needs Fabric,” he wrote on Twitter. Fellow DJ and producer Alex Niggemann tweeted, “#fabric with all its security & meds is safer than any other club. Closing will only destroy a culture & not solve the prob. Help Sadiq Khan.”
— Sasha (@sashaofficial) August 16, 2016
— Alex Niggemann (@aniggemann) August 16, 2016
In the meantime, Fabric’s doors remain closed for a second week. A message on the club’s website reads, “the club will be closed again this weekend.”
Earlier, the venue’s management explained the situation in a letter which remains on its homepage, “As many of you will be aware, last weekend we agreed with the Metropolitan Police Service and other agencies to close the club in order to investigate an incident which recently occurred at our venue. Further to the statement issued by the MPS last Friday, we can confirm that our operation remains suspended. The club will therefore be closed again this weekend. We will make a further statement when we have more information, but in the meantime for anyone who has purchased a ticket for the club this weekend, we have instructed Resident Advisor to refund all ticket purchases.”
Fabric cracked Billboard’s top 25 Greatest Dance Clubs of All Time list, published in 2015.