The Fabric That Binds

by Melissa Mellati

Flaunt offers our support to the continued operation of Fabric nightclub in London
A petition to save London’s iconic nightclub, fabric, has garnered nearly 60,000 signatures. The club is facing closure after the Islington Borough Council suspended its license, pending an investigation into the tragic drug-related deaths of two teenagers.

Founded in 1999 as a "clubber's club," fabric has been internationally regarded as an “incubator for emerging talent” and is consistently voted as one of the best clubs in the world by DJ magazine. While the deaths are profoundly sad events, the closure of one nightclub will have zero impact on the far reaching social problems that continue to precipitate around the ongoing prohibition, and criminalization of drugs.

Flaunt has a deep connection to the venue, with many of our featured and collaborative artists having played or cut their teeth there in the past 17 years; artists such as Matthew DearDJ Harvey, Seth Troxler, Nicolas Jaar, Benoit and Sergio, Richie Hawtin, Damian Lazarus, Guy Gerber, and Maya Jane Coles, to name but a few.

In light of the news that fabric’s temporary closure may turn permanent, fans and artists have taken to social media to express their support via the hashtag #savefabric. Resident DJ and promoter, Jacob Husley started the petition, writing that it “would be an incredibly short-sighted response to a complex problem.”

In a statement made on August 23, the nightclub management described the safety of their customers as their number one priority: “Since we opened our doors in 1999, we have always worked closely with the police and the licensing authority in adopting the most effective known techniques to reduce harm and prevent drug-related crime on our premises and we continue to look at new ways we can improve our processes.”

Management are: “undertaking a thorough review of the lessons [they] can learn—independently reviewing all of their procedures to ensure that [they] have the best possible processes in place” to keep customers safe.

The Islington Borough Council will review the club’s license on the 6th of September. The petition can be signed here.