Mayor of London Sadiq Khan has thrown his voice into the ongoing discussion over the future of the ‘Fabric’ nightclub. ‘Fabric’ is one of the most well known venues for electronic music in the UK, but has come under scrutiny recently following the deaths of two 18 year olds.
The club which is situated in Farringdon, Central London has been closed indefinitely while its licence is being reviewed. Both deaths at the club have happened over the last 9 weeks and are suspected to be caused by drug overdoses.
The suspension of Fabric’s licence has been enforced by the London Metropolitan Police in conjunction with Islington council. A spokesperson for the London Met gave this statement following the closure of the club: “Officers felt the need to act due to concerns about the safety of those attending the club because of the supply of class A drugs in the venue and the recent deaths of two young men linked to the club.”
Unfortunately, Fabric has a history of drug related incidents and narrowly escaped having its licence revoked in December 2014. It would however, be an unbelievable shame for one of the best EDM clubs in probably the world, to close down because of the careless actions of a select few individuals.
A number of electronic artists and resident DJs including Scuba, Daniel Avery and Skream have recently appealed to Sadiq Khan to step in and help keep Fabric open.
Khan posted this tweet in support of the club yesterday: “I’m urging #Fabric, the Met & Islington to find an approach that protects clubbers’ safety & the future of the club,”
Reports seem to suggest that the ongoing police investigation is aiming to improve safety at the club rather than simply close it down. These improvements may include a number of stricter entry conditions such as ID scans and sniffer dogs that had previously been suggested in 2015.