Earlier this month, the legendary Fabric Nightclub in London saw its license revoked indefinitely following the fatal drug overdoses of two 18-year-olds. After 20 years of service to the English and international electronic music scenes, the club’s fate seemed abruptly sealed — but that could change.
London’s new mayor, Sadiq Khan, won election on the premise of protecting the city’s triumphant nightlife scene, and he’s opened the floor to a re-evaluation of Fabric’s license. The hearing will take place Sept. 6, but fans across the globe can make their voices heard by signing the “Save London’s nightlife. Stop the closure of fabric.” petition on Change.org. At press time, more than 68,000 signatures had been collected toward a goal of 75,000.
“I’ve been working with fabric for the last 8 years as a promoter and resident DJ of the Sunday night party at fabric WetYourSelf!,” the petition’s creator writes. “Like all of you, I’ve been welcomed as part of the fabric family since I first walked through their doors, so this is an issue that’s very close to my heart.”
Earlier this week, Fabric released an official statement concerning the deaths and its drug policies on its blog. Read the full statement below:
Following the tragic incidents that recently occurred at our venue, we wanted to extend our thoughts and condolences to the family and friends of those concerned. We pride ourselves on running a safe venue, and we feel extremely saddened by the events that have taken place in recent weeks.
The safety of our customers is our number one priority. Since we opened our doors in 1999, we have always worked closely with the police and the licensing authority in adopting the most effective known techniques to reduce harm and prevent drug-related crime on our premises and we continue to look at new ways we can improve our processes. We currently have comprehensive drug reduction policies in place, including a pioneering system with the police to log and handover any drugs we confiscate.
We recognise that illegal drugs are a particular issue in the clubbing sphere which many venues like ours have challenges in addressing. We have zero tolerance to drugs on the premises and, as recently as December last year, we were described by District Judge Allison in a court judgement as a “beacon of best practice” in managing this issue.
We know there are always areas where we can improve, and, following the recent tragic deaths, we are undertaking a thorough review of the lessons we can learn. As part of this we are independently reviewing all of our procedures to ensure that we have the best possible processes in place to keep our customers safe.
As acknowledged by the Mayor of London, clubs are a central part of the night time economy and London’s music and creative industry and they are in real danger of extinction. We hope to work constructively with the police and the London Borough of Islington to ensure that, in providing the safest possible environment for music-lovers, we continue to operate after nearly two decades as a leading part of the London club scene.
We’d also like to say a huge thank you to all of you that have shown your support over the last couple of weeks, it really does mean a lot.