This just in…fabric has struck a deal with Islington Council after it was shut down in September after two 18-year-olds died of drug overdoses in the summer.
Terms of the deal include fabric adding undercover surveillance as well as improved lighting and CCTV and ID scanners on entry. Anyone under 19 will not be allowed in and anyone found in possession of drugs will be banned from the club for life.
In a joint statement, the council and club said, “Fabric is committed to doing all it reasonably can to ensure that no more of its clubbers come to drug-related harm. It also recognises that there need to be, and will be, changes to its management structure and accountability.”
London Mayor Sadiq Khan said in a statement, “I am delighted that this agreement has been reached and that Fabric will now reopen. I have always said that we needed to find a common-sense solution that protects both the future of Fabric and the safety of all clubbers – as this does. I especially want to thank Islington Council for working so hard to come to this solution. In her first week in the job, my new Night Czar Amy Lamé held conversations with Islington Council, the Metropolitan Police and Fabric. My Night Czar will be working with other businesses, local authorities and Londoners to maximise the economic and social impact of a growing night time economy.”
On Facebook the club stated it will “be back with some news about #saveourculture and our next steps when we can.”