Currently under threat of permanent closure after its operating license was suspended by Islington borough council following the deaths of two clubbers, Jacob Husley, a promoter and resident DJ at Fabric for the past eight years, has started an online campaign to keep the club open. The initiative is intended to let the council know of how much the venue means to the global dance music community. The council meets on September 6 and will share their reasons to push for changes to the license, suspension of the license or closure. Some of the biggest UK DJs — Sasha, Groove Armada and The Chemical Brothers’ Ed Simons — have taken to social media, asking London Mayor Sadiq Khan to save the clubbing institution.
“This is a time for all of us to have our voices heard together – and make sure we are heard,” stated the club in a missive. They’ve since started two hash tags — the appropriate #SaveFabric and ridiculous #nightlifematters. “Everything hangs in the balance. An enormous amount hangs in the balance right now and the world’s eyes are upon us all. What happens to Fabric happens to us all.”
Cameron Leslie, co-founder of Fabric, added, “Please take a moment to sign the petition on the link below and share with friends, family and fans, hopefully the London Borough of Islington and the Mayor will take note.”
So far the petition has received almost 85,000 signatures and needs another 65,000 to achieve its goal of 150,000 signatures. Show your support for the club by signing the online petition here.
August 30 update: The petition now has over 96,000 signatures.
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Toronto-based DJ/producer Nathan Barato is having the best year ever. After spending the summer as a resident DJ at Marco Carola’s Music On party in Ibiza (“I’ve learned that the Italians are so on point musically! They know their shit!”), he’s set to make his debut at London’s Fabric nightclub on November 15, playing Kaluki‘s Room 3 shindig along with Richy Ahmed, Pirate Copy and Pete Zorba.
“For me, it’s special that I get to play such an important club,” says Barato. “It’s going be a really dope night with all three rooms laying down great lineups, but to play with the Kaluki crew is really cool for me. Nick Yates and Lee Spence of Kaluki are great guys who I’ve known for a long time, and Richy Ahmed is a talent I look up to a lot.”
Barato first met the guys from Kaluki back in 2012 at Jamie Jones’ Paradise event at DC-10. “I ended up at a crazy villa after-party later in the morning. I knew no one there except Jonny White and Kenny Glasgow, until Nick Yates introduced himself with quite the intro. Ibiza is the best.”
Of his upcoming set at Fabric he says, “I’m thinking to go straight heat, top to bottom, but I’m always ready to throw a few curve balls at the crowd. We’ll see how the vibe goes.”
Having just released “Everytime I See You” featuring vocals by Room 303 — which sports remixes by Volkoder and Nicole Moudaber — on Hot Creations last week, Barato’s milestone gig comes during a particularly productive and satisfying period of his life.
“I have to say that I’m loving life these days,” he beams. “Making music everyday, traveling the world playing great gigs, I’m deeply in love with my lady, I have an amazing inspiring family, and I’m healthy. I’m not sure what the best thing is, but I’m very happy.”
From October 17 to 19, 2014, London clubbing institution Fabric will celebrate its 15th anniversary. Can it really be 15 years since they opened their doors? Time flies when you’re having fun.
The Fabric team, who have produced roughly 2400 shows since the venue opened in 1999, will take a much deserved victory lap with their massive three-day shindig.
The first party on October 17 will feature sets from Four Tet, Goldie b2b with Doc Scott, Terror Danjah b2b with Champion, Pinch (live), Craig Richards, Terry Francis and more guests to be announced.
The flyer for the first celebration can be found below, with announcements on the full lineup to be made shortly.
Happy anniversary, Fabric!
Veteran drum ‘n’ bass duo Calyx & TeeBee (check out their 2012 Big Shot Guest Mix) will mix FABRICLIVE 76. Set for release on July 21, the 34-track collection is overflowing with upfront tunes and classics from the likes of Break, Calibre, Optical and Blu Mar Ten. Calyx & TeeBee will play a launch party at Fabric with a two-hour set on August 8 along with Hazard, Break, Culture Shock, Hybris and Frankee, with MCs AD, GQ and SP:MC with Butterz in the club’s Room 1.
Obligatory press release gush from Calyx & TeeBee: “We recorded the mix using 3 CDJs. We spent a long time considering the selection and how we wanted the journey to evolve – we wanted it to reflect what we love both inside and outside of the club environment. We’re really happy with the ebb and flow of the mix, which in turn is down to the countless producers making some sublime and immensely varied drum & bass we’re into at the moment.”
Tracklisting for FABRICLIVE 76:
1. Friction & Skream feat. Scrufizzer, P Money & Riko Dan – Kingpin (Calyx & TeeBee Remix) (Shogun Audio)
2. Gridlok & Prolix – Revenge (Project Trendkill)
3. Calyx & TeeBee – Skank (Ram)
4. Xtrah – Compulsive (unreleased)
5. Ulterior Motive – 2098 (Subtitles)
6. Calibre – Instant (Signature)
7. TeeBee – Human Reptile (Calyx & TeeBee Remix) (Subtitles)
8. Break – Duck For Cover (Symmetry)
9. NC17 & KC – Slimeville (Symmetry)
10. Nasty Habits – Shadow Boxing (Om Unit Remix) (ThirtyOne)
11. Calyx & TeeBee feat. Kemo – Pure Gold (Ram)
12. Gridlok & Prolix – Riot VIP (Project Trendkill)
13. The Prototypes – Pale Blue Dot (Viper)
14. Teddy Killerz – Demolisher (Subtitles)
15. Chris.SU – Solaris VIP (Subtitles)
16. Break – Kill Dem (Symmetry)
17. Syron – Here (Calyx & TeeBee Remix) (Ministry of Sound)
18. Michael Woods feat. Ester Dean – We’ve Only Just Begun (Calyx & TeeBee Remix) (Ministry of Sound)
19. Break – Tempted (Symmetry)
20. Noisia & Calyx & TeeBee – Hyenas (Visions)
21. Teddy Killerz – New Drums VIP (Bad Taste)
22. Hidden Turn feat. Azaco – Time (ThirtyOne)
23. Blu Mar Ten feat. Agné Genyté – Break It All Apart (Break Remix) (Blu Mar Ten)
24. Break & DLR – New Design (Symmetry)
25. Calyx & TeeBee – Strung Out VIP (Ram)
26. Arp XP – Five Black Forms (Hybris Remix) (Authentic)
27. Teddy Killerz & Brain Crisis – Local 2 (Subtitles)
28. Brain Crisis – Hands Up (Subtitles)
29. Bricky Mortar – Salford John (Dub Phizix Remix) (unreleased)
30. Optical – The Shining (Ed Rush & Optical Remix) (Metro)
31. Teddy Killerz – Off World (Bad Taste)
32. Fierce/Optiv – Surface Noise (Quarantine)
33. Kemal & Rob Data – Star Trails (Audio Blueprint)
34. Calyx & TeeBee – Elevate This Sound (Ram)
Rising UK DJ/producer Daniel Avery will begin a residency at Fabric in London this summer. Dubbed Divided Love, Avery will bring his mixing magic to the esteemed nightspot beginning August 15. The bill will feature three rooms of talent. Room one will present Factory Floor (live), Dopplereffekt (Live), Helena Hauff andVolte-Face (BleeD); room two will feature Machinedrum (DJ set), dBridge, Consequence, Skeptical, Stray, Kid Drama MCs: SP:MC; and room three is TBA.
Avery’s association with Fabric dates back to 2007. In addition to playing the venue, he mixed 2012’s Fabriclive 66 before going on to release music on Erol Alkan’s Phantasy Sound. Fans eager to see Avery are well advised to see him in August as the next edition of his Divided Love residency won’t take place until November 14.
Obligatory press release gush from Mr. Avery: “Fabric is my home and I’m proud to be a resident. The club has been with me from the beginning so starting my own night there feels genuinely exciting. Divided Love will be about presenting acts who are doing something special… sonic souls, faith affirmers, music for the mind… The lineup for the first event is a perfect summary of what I want the night to be about,” he continues. “Factory Floor, the best live band in the world right now, legendary dystopian electro heads Dopplereffekt, Golden Pudel resident and acid machine Helena Hauff plus BleeD’s main man Volte-Face on warm-up duties.”
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