Petition to keep Fabric open gets big name support

Change.org petition says it would be ‘incredibly short-sighted’ to shut London club

A petition to keep London club Fabric open has received the support of many names in dance music.

The 2,500-capacity East London club, which opened in 1999, has had its licence withdrawn for 28 days by Islington Council following two drug-related deaths of 18-year-old men at Fabric within nine weeks of each other.

Fabric has already vowed to improve its security and reiterated its zero-tolerance drug policy. The club has also received the support of London Mayor Sadiq Khan. It’s said it will work with Islington Council and the Metropolitan Police to ensure a safe environment for clubbers.

A Change.org petition has been started by Fabric promoter Jacob Husley, who said: “Closing a club such as Fabric would be an incredibly short-sighted response to a complex problem.”

Husley also stated that Fabric has a welcoming ethos, citing the elderly Polish couple who went clubbing there until 5am in May and hailed it afterwards as “The best club in the world”.

Those who have tweeted their support for Husley’s petition include Carl Craig, Ed Simons of The Chemical Brothers, Modeselektor, Seth Troxler, Rob Da Bank and Kevin Saunderson.

Bestival organiser Da Bank said: “I was a resident at Fabric for years and loved it. Don’t let it be closed down. Sign the petition.”