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Alan Miller: "We must ensure our clubs are not one incident away from closure"

Fabric is open but, according to the NTIA Chairman, the night time community needs to stand up for itself

  • Words: Alan Miller
  • 23 November 2016

The news that Fabric nightclub will be reopening in London is something that every reader of Mixmag will be cheering – and rightly so. The venue that is dedicated to promoting cutting edge dance music and entertaining people from around the world at such high standards is a precious and prized asset for us all. The world will be a better place with it’s doors open again.

But while it is completely understandable that fabric has had to make the decision to go along with wording and additional conditions in order to reopen, the point that has been made to the world and that is still true, is that the club already was operated at a gold standard when the tragic incidents occurred.

It may well be that now that standard goes from '18 carat' to '22 carat' gold, but the key point is that with the amount of security and searches and surveillance that was already in place at fabric, the club should not have had an expedited review and revocation of licence in the first place. This is a crucial point and should not get lost in the celebrations that people will quite rightly want to have.

It is of course utterly tragic that two men (and they were eighteen year old adults, not children) died in a close period of time, making a total of six deaths at the venue since 2011. As has been covered widely, millions of people have been through the doors of fabric. With more security per person than any other venue and a myriad of checks, the issue of drug taking is one to do with society. Nightclubs, bars and other venues do not grow or manufacture drugs.

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