Fabric to re-open following an agreement with Islington Council.
In September Islington Council’s licencing committee decided to “permanently” revoke the club’s licence. It has been announced today that an agreement has now been reached and the club will re-open.
The closure of the club provoked outrage, especially among students. UCLU’s ‘Ibiza Zoo Party’ was due to be held at the famous London nightclub, Fabric, on the 26th of September as part of their ‘Welcome Club Nights’ series but had to be moved to Scala in Kings Cross.
The campaign to save Fabric was widely supported by musicians, promotors and regular clubbers. Even the Polish pensioners Władysław Nykiel, 82, and his wife Stanisława Zapaśnik, 79, who rose to fame when they ordered tea and danced all night at the popular club, signed the petition to save the club.
In a statement today Fabric said: “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.”
The full statement released by Fabric can be seen below.
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.
Judge Robin McPhee made the judgement following Fabric’s agreement to abide to a set of conditions agreed with the council. These conditions, put forward by Fabric in November – include clubbers under 19 not being allowed onto the premises, CCTV monitoring, ID scanners and a lifetime ban for anyone caught dealing or in possession of drugs.
Sadiq Khan commented on the announcement saying that: “London has lost 50 percent of its live music venues. This decline must stop if London is to retain its status as a 24-hour city with a world-class nightlife.”