Today we hear word that Fabric is allowed to reopen for business as usual.
After a few controversial months Fabric London is set to reopen, Islington Council revoked fabric’s license following the death of two 18-year-old clubbers. According to the Islington Tribune, the appeal which was schedule to begin at Highbury Magistrates Court on November 28th, may not happen, with the club and police debating behind the curtains to reach an out-of-court agreement.
The club and Islington council have agreed changes to the venue’s licence which will allow it to continue operating, these changes are outlined in a 155-page document, with the main points being:
• The use of a new I.D. scanning system on entry to the club – Enhanced searching procedures and controls Covert surveillance within the club – Life-time bans for anyone found in possession of drugs, whether on entry or within the club
• Life-time bans for anyone trying to buy drugs in the club – Enhanced monitoring and external auditing for compliance against procedures
• Physical changes to the club, including improved lighting and additional CCTV provision – A new Security Company
• Persons under 19 years of age shall not be permitted to be on the premises as a customer or guest from 2000 hours on a Friday until 0800 hours on the following Monday or on any day during the hours that the operators promote a Core Club Nigh
Cameron Leslei, Fabric’s co-founder had this to say about the whole situation:
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.
We’ll be back with some news about #saveourculture and our next steps when we can.
We are delighted that such an iconic club is brought back to life, even more exiting is to find that the Dance Music culture and community is stronger than ever, with the support from all corners of the world, thousands signining petitions, buying the compilations or festival tickets in support of the cause.
This wasn’t just a win for Fabric, this was a Dance Music community victory.