London superclub Fabric respond to reports they are facing closure after drug-related deaths

Club issues statement claiming 'we will be open this weekend and in the immediate future'

The London club Fabric has responded amid reports they are facing closure after police called for a review of their licence over a number of ecstasy-related deaths.

According to the Islington Gazette, officers claim that eight people have collapsed from ecstasy use in the last three years at the night club, four of whom later died.

In a report, Chief Superintendent Steve Deehan said: “Immaturity of lifestyle of the patrons leads 
to them becoming actively involved in the taking of illegal drugs and this could account for the disproportionate and wholly unacceptable number of deaths and near death incidents at the venue.”

Deehan criticised the Farringdon club for not informing police about the ecstasy-related death of an 18-year old girl in September, claiming that it could “seriously frustrate a criminal investigation”. The officer added that stripping Fabric of its licence is being “seriously considered to prevent further deaths”.

As a licensing committee prepare to decide the fate of the club tonight (December 18), letters have been sent to the Islington Gazette both in support of the venue and against it. One resident described watching a group of men “tripping” and “out of their box on something more than alcohol” trying to climb fences and jumping into the path of lorries.

Another said: “The club has such a world-renowned reputation and is on the list for many tourists. I find it appalling that people can move close 
to a nightclub that has stood there for 10 years, adding much to the city’s culture and diversity, and then complain about the noise.”

Fabric have subsequently responded, issuing a statement on their official website. The statement addresses the deaths and confirms that regardless of the outcome of tonight’s decision “we will be open this weekend and in the immediate future”.

“As a team we’ve all felt the shock and horror that a death on our premises can cause. We don’t take it lightly; in fact, we’re constantly adapting our protocols in direct reaction to them in the hope that these are changes we can make to our operational policy that will prevent incidents like this from happening in the future.”

A ‘Save Fabric London’ Facebook group has already got almost 12,000 likes, and a petition on change.org has attracted more than 4,000 signatures.

Since it opened in 1999, Fabric has hosted more than 4,0000 DJs and live acts, including Daft Punk, John Peel, Chemical Brothers, and Carl Cox. The club also operates two in-house record labels, Fabric and Houndstooth.

The threat to Fabric’s future follows the recent closure of other historic London clubs, including Cable, Madame JoJos and the Buffalo Bar.
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