Fabric nightclub set to reopen

Claire Dodd

Claire Dodd

21 November 2016

London nightclub Fabric is set to reopen following a new agreement with Islington Council.

The club was forced to close in September after its licence was revoked following two drug related deaths on the premises, with the council stating there was a 'culture of drugs' at the venue.

However an agreement between the club and the council has now been made, with the club confirming he news via its website.

Its statement read: 'We are hugely thankful to be able to confirm the news that we have won our licence back. We owe everything to our supporters. We really would not be here today without your unparalleled support and generosity. So many different people stepped up to put their voices to our cause, artists from all corners of the music community, fellow promoters who have put on huge events from us and clubbers from around the world who all united behind us.'

London mayor, Sadiq Khan said: 'As Mayor, I’m delighted that [an] agreement has been reached and that Fabric will now reopen. We needed to find a common-sense solution that protects both the future of Fabric and the safety of all clubbers – and we have. I especially want to thank Islington Council for working so hard to help find a solution.

'The issues faced by Fabric point to a wider problem of how we protect London’s night-time economy, while ensuring it is safe and enjoyable for everyone. Over the past eight years, London has lost 50% of its nightclubs and 40% of its live music venues. This decline must stop if London is to retain its status as a 24-hour city with a world-class nightlife.

Khan added: 'No single organisation or public body can solve these problems alone – we all need to work together to ensure London thrives as a 24-hour city, in a way that is safe and enjoyable for everyone. My new night czar Amy Lamé will be working with other businesses, local authorities and Londoners to maximise the economic and social impact of a growing night time economy – and I’ll also soon be announcing a new Chair of the Night Time Commission to work with us to help deliver our vision for a truly 24-hour city.'
However, the reopening will come with some stricter measurements that are to be implemented. These include: The use of a new ID scanning system on entry to the club, life-time bans for anyone trying to buy/sell drugs in the club, covert surveillance and the banning of persons under 19 on weekends.

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