London club Fabric to remain open but increase security under new measures

Club bosses say they will fight council decision, which includes introduction of seven sniffer dogs to club

London club Fabric has been saved from closure but will undertake drastic changes to security, including the introduction of sniffer dogs on a permanent basis.

As reported, the London club was under threat of closure following a number of drug-related deaths on the premises in the past three years. However, as the Evening Standard reports, the club will remain open following a decision made at an Islington council licensing committee meeting last night (December 18).

Club bosses have agreed to increase measures to check clubbers for drugs, including the introduction of seven sniffer dogs which will be on the premises at all times. There will also now be mandatory ID checks and increased CCTV.

Cameron Leslie and Keith Reilly, Fabric founders, have gone on record as saying they will fight the decision, saying that sniffer dogs are hard to find and that they have reservations about ID checking. “We need to see their written reasons but we fundamentally disagree on a number of key points. We are on the same page in lots of ways, we just have fundamental differences on how to operate that.”

Reilly added: “We do everything we can to stop people taking drugs in the club. What’s happened recently is this country is awash with drugs. There’s been a large batch of MDMA that’s got more powerful and has caught the kids out.”

Prior to the decision, a ‘Save Fabric London’ Facebook group attracted thousands of ‘likes’, and a petition on change.org gained more than 30,000 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.