Next Friday fabric is celebrating the launch of its fresh fortnightly event series Forms, with a stellar opening headlined by Skream, &ME, Krystal Klear and Melé. Forms is marking the start of an exciting chapter, building on the club’s revered history and asserting its status as a global leader for diverse musical experiences.
The successful campaign to save fabric last year following the termination of its license epitomised the power of nightclubs to bring people together. Now with the dance institution restored and ready to thrive anew, it can’t wait to incubate those feelings every weekend. Forms signals fabric getting back to normal, getting back to what it does best: throwing world class parties that showcase the finest talents from the breadth of the electronic music spectrum.
We spoke to Forms booker Andrew Hill to find out more. Check out the Q+A below and for tickets and listings head to fabric's website.
Why did you decide to start the new event series Forms?
The new series is something we’ve been working towards for a while, it made sense to create something new to compliment the programming that you’ll find at FABRICLIVE and fabric on Saturday nights.
What new qualities are you aiming to bring to fabric with Forms?
With our current programming, we felt that there were a number of acts that previously had not been given an outlet to play at the club. Another aspect of Forms will be in the young local talent that are brought to the club. Over time we hope that audiences will start to recognize Pat Wilson, Michael Bibi, Theo Kottis and others as they play more and over time they will become as key to Forms as our headliners.
What informs the booking policy for Forms?
The booking policy in itself is quite a difficult one to pin down. In essence, we are looking for fun party music with an edge.
I personally see Forms sitting somewhere between our two existing nights FABRICLIVE and fabric (on Saturdays), adopting elements from both sides as well as new ones to create something new and hopefully equally appealing. So acts like Skream, Monki and Shadow Child who have been part of our programming for years coming up from FABRICLIVE will lead the way and will be complemented by new emerging talents.
Will the club interior be adapted in any way to suit the concept for Forms?
Since I joined fabric, the one phrase has really stuck with me is, “We are a night club, this is what we do.” With London becoming dominated by behemoth festival style shows each weekend, it is important to remind people of how important spaces such as fabric are to the city and its scene.
Naturally, we’d like to keep our plans close to our chest as surprises for those people attending our launch on the 19th January, but we have the legendary fabric production team working on some new ideas for the club that will, over time, help to build Forms’ identity.
The FABRICLIVE and fabric events had mix CD series. Do you have plans for Forms that extend beyond the club night world of fabric?
There are discussions in place to expand Forms beyond an event series with radio shows, live streams, outside events, festival stages and some amazing partnerships in the pipeline.
Following the difficulties fabric has faced in recent times, how excited are you to be moving forward with new projects?
At the end of last year we hosted a ceremony in the club where all of the remaining funds from the Save Our Culture campaign were donated to a selection of amazing charities. As a team I felt that it was seen as a bit of a turning point for us where we will now move forward positively and without looking over our shoulder at the closure and the incidents of 2016.
There has been a lot of conjecture around fabric in London and the wider music community, so with the launch of a new party we can move in to 2018 and herald a new era for the club, with Forms joining FABRICLIVE and fabric bringing the world’s best to Farringdon in the city’s best venue.
Do you think Forms can establish itself as a world-renowned club night alongside the fabric and FABRICLIVE series?
Most certainly. The amazing roster of acts heading to Forms in 2018 coupled with the ethos of the party should ensure that it become as prestigious as our other brands and stake its own place at the table in London.
However I think the recent history of fabric shows that nothing is certain in dance music, but as long as people want to come to fabric to hear the world’s finest artists in our purpose built club space and on our powerful sound systems, there’ll be a place for us moving forward!
Claptone, Monki and Latmun all play Forms this season