If the three Islington councillors who ruled to permanently close superclub Fabric had hoped people would move on, they were horribly wrong.
A march to save London’s nightlife community is planned for October 8. It kicks off from Hoxton Square at 2pm but people will be assembling in the square from 1pm. An exact route is still to be confirmed but there will be guest speakers at the final destination.
The immense swell of support for the club appears unstoppable as a general disaffection with the state of London nightlife spreads. It is estimated that 50 percent of London's music venues and 40 percent of our nightclubs have closed in the past decade.
The Facebook page for the event encourages people to dress up, take musical instruments and 'bring on the fight!'. Facebook user Harvey Ball is going proper old school and plans to bring his cassette boombox while a coachload of people from Wales and the West are heading to east London purely to add their support.
Organiser Nicole Venter writes: 'We need to protect the sacred place where we gather, where we feel alive and where we fall in love. The places where we release our energy and where it gives us the motivation to go back to work on Mondays. The places where we come together as a whole, as a community. The places where we get inspired and the places where we can create.'
This is the second large-scale protest in London following the decision to revoke Fabric’s licence. A bright and musical procession took to the streets on September 17 to stand in solidarity with closed live music venue Passing Clouds and generally stand against the crumbling of London’s nightlife.
Meanwhile, the running total of Fabric’s fundraising campaign continues to grow by the hour and currently stands at £236,000. The money raised will go towards the club’s legal costs as they prepare to appeal the council’s decision.