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Fabric supporters have submitted over 900 pages of love for councillors to chew on

Oliver Keens

With one of dance music's most respected homes currently under threat, there haven't been many positive stories about Clerkenwell club Fabric since its licence was suspended over two weeks ago.

But with the club's fate now resting in the hands of Islington council, it turns out hundreds of fans of the venue have written to the council's Licensing Committee to tell the decision-makers why they think closing such a major global club would be a mistake.

Best of all, this huge list of nearly a thousand letters and emails will count as part of the decision-making process – which comes to a head next Tuesday, when councillors meet to review Fabric's licence in the wake of two drug-related deaths at the club.

As you can see from the agenda for the meeting, posted on Islington Council's website, these messages of support form part of the documents supplied for councillors. Contrary to popular belief, it's Islington council – not Mayor Sadiq Khan – who get to decide whether Fabric stays open or not. Reading through the submissions reveals many similar themes recurring.

Many feel that Fabric is a well-run club whose closure won't affect drug crime...

 Others are fearful of the effect it will have on the character of the neighbourhood...


Lots of contributors also stress the important roles that nightclubs play in society...

Also, even though names were redacted, the administrators clearly didn't recognise 'Goldie MBE' as one of the contributors...

There's no word on whether the elderly Polish couple that recently hit up Fabric until 5am wrote to the council or not.

You can add your voice to the debate by signing a petition supporting Fabric here.


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