Closing Fabric is not the answer, club says in official statement on closure


After a relatively short battle with Islington Council and the Metropolitan Police, Fabric nightclub's licence has been revoked.

"Concerns about serious crime", with a focus on drugs, were given as reasons for the Farringdon venue closing. Something the club has taken issue with.

Flowers left outside Fabric nightclub in London
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"Fabric is extremely disappointed with Islington Council's decision to revoke our license. This is an especially sad day for those who have supported us, particularly the 250 staff who will now lose their jobs. Closing fabric is not the answer to the drug-related problems clubs like ours are working to prevent, and sets a troubling precedent for the future of London's night time economy."

The club repeatedly drew testimony from people who visit the venue, pointing towards negative Trip Advisor reviews complaining about how thorough door searches were, as evidence that their policy towards drugs is zero tolerance.

And as Vice writer Clive Martin eloquently puts it, closing Fabric won't stop young people taking drugs. They'll just be less safe when taking drugs.