After a protracted battle with Islington Council, fabric reopened its doors this weekend and welcomed a capacity crowd in to enjoy one of the world’s greatest club spaces again. Jubilation had greeted the news of fabric’s return, but a slight sense of trepidation also crept in and hung over fears about potential changes to the iconic institution. Fabric had promised to run at a “gold standard” of operation upon reopening, and how this would translate to a comfortable clubbing experience was a point of concern. Would security be unbearable? Would the unparalleled soundsystem be turned down?
Upon entering the club on Saturday evening, it didn’t take long for all fears to be assuaged. The night panned out as one of our most enjoyable fabric experiences in memory. A feeling of triumphant celebration permeated all corners of the maze-like club, with the atmosphere bubbling at a potent level of euphoria mixed with relief. Projections on the walls gratefully proclaimed #yousavedfabric and all of clubland had played its part in the nightspot’s return. From signing petitions, lobbying councillors, donating sizable sums to the fabric fund, this was a joint victory for the people against the powers. As an excitable Seth Troxler taking to the mic later that night put it, “this is a defeat for Conservatism! We beat the fucking system!”.