Mayor of London Sadiq Khan has responded to the call of some of the biggest names from the dance world by urging local authorities to protect the future of iconic nightclub Fabric, after its license was suspended indefinitely earlier this week.
Fabric was forced closed its doors for the foreseeable future at the weekend, pending a review next month, following the recent drug-related deaths of two 18-year olds at the club.
Since then, a number of leading DJs from across the world, including Groove Armada, Chemical Brothers’ Ed Simons and Sasha, have taken to Twitter, calling on Khan to respond to the situation and fight for the future of the famed London venue.
Now, Khan has responded in turn, writing on Twitter: “I am urging Fabric, the Met & Islington to find an approach that protects clubbers’ safety &the future of the club.”
A statement issued by the Metropolitan Police on Friday (August 12) said: "Due to concerns about serious crime associated with fabric nightclub, Islington police made an application to Islington Council for a summary review of the nightclub's license, on 10 August. As a result, the Licensing Sub Committee have decided to suspend the license as an interim measure, pending a full review hearing.
"Officers felt the need to act due to concerns about the safety of those attending the club because of the supply of class A drugs in the venue and the recent deaths of two young men linked to the club. London has a world renowned night-time economy and people should be able to enjoy it safely, without concerns of serious crime. The Met is committed to fully playing its part in keeping people safe."
Since launching in 1999, Fabric has become one of the world’s most iconic nightclubs, regularly hosting internationally acclaimed DJs and attracting some of the biggest names in music. It was once voted best club in the world by DJ Magazine.