fabric is a nightclub in Farringdon, central London. A massive warehouse spanning over 25,000 square feet, which took over three years to build, now plays host to party goers and ravers alike since the turn of the millennium. The clubs Saturday night programme showcases underground DJ talent, internationally known for their dedication to house, techno and if electronic, everything in-between. Craig Richards, who is not only a resident at fabric, but is also involved in the programming of events too, brings world renowned DJs to come and administer their talent on the decks. fabric was voted world number one club in DJ Magazines ‘Top 100 clubs poll’ in 2007 and 2008 and ranked world number two in 2009, 2010 and amid its reopening in 2016 – it regained its title the following year.
In spite of its popularity and seeming success over the years, fabric was forced to close permanently after its licence was revoked, following the drug-related deaths of two people. After many years of being one of the worlds highest rated nightclubs, a decision was made by Islington Borough Council to shut its doors in September of 2016, amid speculation that the searches made by staff at the venue had been ‘inadequate and in breach of their licence’. Following the closure, fabric’s co-founder and director Cameron Leslie released a statement tackling the issues and reasoning behind it. He publicly offers his condolences from the nightclub to the families and friends, following the fatality of two of their loved ones. Alongside this statement, a petition was made by the public for the doors of fabric to re-open in the future. Although the statement wasn’t released for 28 days after their licence was revoked, he addresses his profound offence in a comment made from the Metropolitan Police, saying ‘fabric is a safe haven for drug use’. He gives a brief history lesson on the success of the organisation over the years, bringing tourists from all over the world to London; as well as fabric itself being a pioneer for safe nightclub environments all over the UK. All of this got the attention of over 100,000 signatures, raising in excess of £325,000. Its closure brought about unrest in the underground music community, with DJs tweeting about their sadness and disappointment in the decision, ‘For 15 years I was privileged enough to be apart of the greatest underground club in the world, I am lost for words right now.’ DJ Hype. Mayor of London Sadiq Khan even backed the petition for fabric to reopen, saying, ‘Londons iconic clubs are an essential part of our cultural landscape… My team have spoken to all involved in the current situation and I am urging them to find a common sense solution that ensures the club remains open while protecting the safety of those who want to enjoy London’s clubbing scene.’