It's another blow to the clubbing scene in London. The legendary British nightclub Fabric, has been forced to close permanently after its license was revoked following the drug-related deaths of two young men in the recent weeks. Fabric is one of the most important club for electronic music fans as it became an incubator for the UK's influential dance music such as progressive house, dubstep and other genres since its opening in 1999. It ranked as the number one club in the world in 2007 - 2008 in a DJ Magazine poll and is still in the top 15 in the most current ranking.
Despite the Mayor of London's public support of Fabric and 150,000 signatures to keep it open, the local council approved its closure yesterday.
Prior to the ruling, London Mayor Sadiq Khan said: “London’s iconic clubs are an essential part of our cultural landscape… My team have spoken to all involved in the current situation and I am urging them to find a common sense solution that ensures the club remains open while protecting the safety of those who want to enjoy London’s clubbing scene.”
Well known novelist Irving Welsh, who wrote Trainspotting said the closure of Fabric was the “beginning of the end of our cities as cultural centres, and indeed as entertainment centres in the traditional sense”.
Top DJs who played at Fabric joined regular clubbers in expressing their sadness with the decision via social media.
Another UK newspaper story predicted that it will probably become part of a development of luxury flats and shops, a growing trend in many London neighborhoods.