London nightclub Fabric has announced it will be reopening after months of campaigning to save the venue. Fabric have won back their licence at an appeal at Highbury Corner Magistrates’ Court after agreeing to a series of conditions under which they must operate. These include increased CCTV monitoring, ID scanners, barring under 19’s from the premises, and a lifetime ban for anyone caught in possession of or dealing drugs.
A joint statement from Islington Council and Fabric read, “Fabric has offered many new additional conditions to be added to its licence, all of which are designed to ensure a zero tolerance approach to drug possession, consumption and sale within the club.” The statement continued, “The authority welcomes Fabric’s acceptance of all these matters. It is now satisfied that Fabric’s directors and senior management understand precisely what has to be done to ensure that Fabric is a safe environment for young clubbers, and that zero tolerance to drugs means precisely that.”
The Farringdon based nightclub was closed after two teenagers died from suspected drug overdoses earlier this year. Its licence was revoked, and in September Fabric was shut down for good after a final ruling at Islington Council. Thousands of people, from clubgoers to DJs, were furious at the decision to close a celebrated venue in London’s nightlife, and signed a petition to save Fabric, supporting the #saveourculture campaign, which also funded the legal battle.
Fabric took to Facebook to thank their supporters; “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.”