fabric to appeal against closure
The fight back begins.
Fabric will appeal against the council's decision to revoke its licence, the Night Time Industries Association has announced. The London nightclub faces closure following a report by Islington council that concluded the much-loved venue had a "culture of drug use" which its staff were "incapable of controlling".
Alexander Proud, Deputy Chair of the NTIA, told Mixmag that this was a "critical moment" for UK clubbing, one which he was convinced Fabric would eventually overcome. He has personally pledged to donate £10,000 to a fund which will seek to raise £500,000 to help fund the club's legal fees.
The decision to suspend Fabric's license, following the death of an 18-year-old clubber last month, has met with much anger from within the music community. A petition to keep the club open had attracted over 150,000 signatures ahead of the ruling, with London Mayor Sadiq Khan commenting: "London's iconic clubs are an essential part of our cultural landscape. Clubbing needs to be safe but I'm disappointed that Fabric, Islington Council and the Metropolitan Police were unable to reach agreement on how to address concerns about public safety."
Floral tributes have been left outside the venue in Farringdon since Wednesday morning. The club has responded with a statement saying that revoking its licence was "not the answer to the drug-related problems" and set "a troubling precedent" for London's nightlife.
Read how DJs and clubbers responded to Fabric's closing here.
Text Matthew Whitehouse
Photography Vanessa Galvin
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