Early this morning (September 7), Mayor of London Sadiq Khan made a sad statement in response to the revocation of iconic nightclub Fabric’s license. Islington Council today decided that Fabric was unable to control drug use at the club, following the drug-related deaths of two male teenagers at the club earlier this year.
“London’s iconic clubs are an essential part of our cultural landscape,” said Khan. “Clubbing needs to be safe but I’m disappointed that Fabric, Islington Council and the Metropolitan Police were unable to reach agreement on how to address concerns about public safety. As a result of this decision, thousands of people who enjoyed going to Fabric as an essential part of London’s nightlife will lose out.”
He pointed out the effect on the night-time economy of London – 250 people have lost their jobs today – and that reflects a wider trend: in the last eight years, 50% of London’s nightclubs and 40% of its live music venues have closed. “This decline must stop if London is to retain its status as a 24-hour city with a world-class nightlife.”
Enter the Night Czar! The new position being advertised at the moment could be key to the recovery of London’s nightlife. The Czar will be a lynchpin between communities – a sort of diplomat negotiating between local authorities, venues, the Met police and the public to find solutions that work for everyone. They’ll also oversee the wider night-time economy of London, which is expected to be up by £77m per year by 2029, thanks to the newly unveiled Night Tube. In return for a 2.5-day week, the Night Czar will earn a tidy sum of £35,000.
So how exactly will they help? Over to Sadiq: “No single organisation or public body can solve these problems alone – we all need to work together to ensure London thrives as a 24-hour city, in a way that is safe and enjoyable for everyone.” Sounds good to us. If you’re thinking of applying, you’ll need “proven leadership ability, public profile and convening power”, and it’s also desirable for you to have “experience of working in a political environment” and “Knowledge of London’s local authorities and licensing framework”, among other things. Check out the full application form here. Applications close Monday 12 September…