The Chemical Brothers, Chase and Status, Ellie Goulding and Jon Hopkins are among a host of acts who have expressed their sadness at the closure of London club Fabric.
The nightspot is to shut its doors for good after the local Islington Council revoked its licence, following the deaths of two 18-year-old clubbers from drugs within the space of nine weeks.
Ed Simons from The Chemical Brothers wrote: “That’s bad and sad news about Fabric being closed down. Just constant this impingement on the young.”
Chase And Status reacted furiously to the decision and they appealed to the Mayor for help.
“Fabric losing its licence is an absolute disgrace. @SadiqKhan you must get this overturned. There’s nowhere left in London..” they vented.
Former Ivor Novello nominee Jon Hopkins also expressed his anger over the move. He wrote: “I had some drugs I was going to take on Sat at Fabric, but now it is closed so I will throw them down the toilet and never take drugs again.”
That's bad and sad news about Fabric being closed down. Just constant this impingement on the young
— ed simons (@eddychemical) September 7, 2016
I had some drugs I was going to take on Sat at Fabric, but now it is closed so I will throw them down the toilet and never take drugs again
— Jon Hopkins (@Jon_Hopkins_) September 7, 2016
Others including Ellie Goulding, Jesse Ware and Daisy Lowe expressed their sadness at the closure.
“So sad about Fabric closing. Earliest clubbing memories and such an important club for london. #fabricreview,” the latter wrote.
So sad about Fabric closing. Earliest clubbing memories and such an important club for london. #fabricreview ?
— Jessie Ware (@JessieWare) September 7, 2016
RIP Fabric ❤️
— daisy lowe (@daisylowe) September 7, 2016
Fabric also issued a lengthy statement over the loss of their nightclub. The statement said: “Following the tragic incidents that recently occurred at our venue, we wanted to extend our thoughts and condolences to the family and friends of those concerned. We pride ourselves on running a safe venue, and we feel extremely saddened by the events that have taken place in recent weeks.”
The club, which opened in 1999, has been given the option to appeal the Council’s decision. Nightclub governing body Night Time Industries’ chairman Alan Miller said an appeal was likely. Miller said: “This is not the last word.”
The closure will mean the loss of 250 staff jobs, and comes despite 150,000 people signing a petition urging Islington Council to keep Fabric open.
The ruling comes despite an appeal by new London Mayor Sadiq Khan for council officials and police not to be too censorious about drug use in the capital’s nightlife. Khan had said he wanted “a common-sense solution” to the closure of nightclubs such as Fabric.