Fabric, a name that resonates strongly with Londoners and club-goers across the country, is opening its doors once again.
The infamous nightclub in Islington was closed down by local authorities in September after 17 years of playing an integral part of London’s nightlife culture.
The decision was not particularly surprising considering the capital has lost 50% of its nightclubs over the last eight years, however the backlash in this case was considerably more vocal.
Prominent artists such as Disclosure, Katy B and Annie Mac all expressed their dismay with its closure, signing a petition that mustered 150,000 signatures.
Even London mayor Sadiq Khan expressed his disappointment and supported the campaign for the super-club to reopen its doors.
And they succeeded.
Fabric will be reopening under new licensing terms set by the Islington Council, with a string of new conditions for the club to follow.
The reaction is jubilant, with social media welcoming the reversal and the countries youth taking pride in a rare victory for the nightlife scene.
But has the triumph overshadowed the reasons for its closure in the first place?
It’s vital to remember the council’s description of a “culture of drugs” inside Fabric, with the tragic deaths of two 18-year-olds being tied to the venue this year.
This should not be forgotten for the sake of rescuing London’s diminishing club culture; however important the crisis may be.
The new conditions for the club display promise in overcoming these stigmas; these include a weekend ban for 18-year-olds and lifetime bans for anyone found in possession of drugs.
Whether the new changes will go down well with returning ravers is yet to be seen, but I applaud the efforts to prioritise safety in the new look Fabric. The reputation of the past should not be forgotten.
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