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Save Fabric: The campaign that united clubland

Dance music found its voice and stood behind the London venue

  • Words: Funster | Illustration: Eliot Wyatt
  • 22 November 2016
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The journey to this point was one that saw clubland unite for one collective cause. This was bigger than one club: while fabric was the centre point for the combined force, we were fighting for our right to enjoy night time culture.

Closing fabric was an attack on dance music, so if the police were going to come for our culture then we were going to respond. Before the licence renewal meeting took place, fabric had secured over 160,000 signatures on a petition from people all over the globe to keep the club open and although this ultimately didn’t sway the council’s decision, it acted as the basis for the following campaign.

160,000 people got behind the club and that set the benchmark for the sheer amount of support shown by the community. The club closed for three months and in that time over £326,000 was raised in support. Money that could keep the club alive even if the music inside was turned off.

Just because the doors to fabric weren’t open, that didn’t mean that the club would just roll over and stop, far from it. The club moved its parties to a wealth of different locations and a series of raves popped up around the country, with profits being split and going towards the campaign fund.

The inaugural events took place on October 16 and 17, the weekend that fabric’s world-famous birthday usually sits and some of the club’s most heralded acts split themselves across Great Suffolk Street Warehouse and Village Underground.

Ben UFO, Ricardo Villalobos, Seth Troxler, Joy Orbison and Ben Klock all appeared and played to raise money for the cause. From then on, events in Leeds, parties at The Warehouse Project and more announced in London would be where fabric set-up shop temporarily and people raved in support.

Away from the party front, Amy Lamé was appointed as Night Czar and Sadiq Khan rallied the cause. Khan revealed yesterday that “Lamé held conversations with Islington Council, the Metropolitan Police and Fabric.” in the first week of her role.

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