2016: The year in drugs - - Mixmag

2016: The year in drugs

A timeline of the biggest drug stories this year

  • Louis Anderson-Rich
  • 9 December 2016
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September 7: fabric closes indefinitely after license is revoked

“Closing fabric is not the answer to drug-related problems,” a statement from the club read after their license was revoked following a six-hour review. To say the decision caused uproar would be an understatement. Prominent DJs were quick to show their disapproval and urge new mayor Sadiq Khan to save the club. What ensued was a global display of support that included £300,000 raised, a man dancing outside fabric for 24 hours and a host of #saveourculture parties.

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October 13: Irvine Welsh comes out swinging in support of fabric

The author of one of the most important pieces of literature about drugs wasn’t shy when it came to speaking about the plight of fabric. Irvine Welsh said the closure of the club hit him hard, describing it as a “not a war on drugs. It’s a war on people.”

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