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Are secret talks a last-minute rescue remedy for Fabric?

By Amy Smith

Fabric are reportedly in last-minute talks with Islington Town Hall – and a deal could be reached within days of their scheduled court appeal on November 28, according to local newspaper Islington Tribune this morning.

The globally respected Clerkenwell club had its licence revoked by three Islington councillors in September this year following the drug-related deaths of two teenagers.

Fans of the club have been extremely vocal in their support. The #saveFabric campaign has already raised a mighty £320,000 to cover legal fees. Could these talks – apparently common in licensing disputes – mark a reprieve for the club? Fabric has released a number of transparency statements that outline changes to security, welfare and medical measures which they are willing to implement at the club. One such document weighs in at 155 pages.

The club has also been petitioning for a change to the Licensing Act. The council's decision was hugely unpopular with both the London Mayor Sadiq Khan and local MP Emily Thornberry – both calling for conciliatory talks.

Both Fabric's legal team and Islington Council are remaining tight-lipped, so for now it's a case of keeping fingers crossed. 

Our music editor Oliver Keens reported direct from the licensing hearing back in September. 

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