London club Fabric has been closed since August 11, following the deaths of two teenagers and a subsequent police investigation. Since then a petition has been started by supporters of the club and has gathered over 100,000 signatures.
The decision as to when, or if, the club re-opens rests with the licensing committee in the London borough of Islington though. In August the Metropolitan Police released documents describing the club as “a safe haven for the supply and consumption of illegal drugs” that “represents a serious risk to its patrons.” These documents include a statement from a plain clothed police officer who visited on the night of July 2 this year.
“The failings of the management have led to an environment where illegal drug taking has become acceptable. If the premises has been permitted to remain open and operating in its current form, then there is a strong possibility that further drug related deaths will occur,” the documents state.
Fabric has issued a firm denial of these claims overnight. “The safety of our customers has always been our number one priority. Any suggestion that we are not 100% committed to tackling drugs on the premises is completely false,” said Fabric director Cameron Leslie, via Resident Advisor. “In light of recent tragic events, we’re independently reviewing all our processes and have already proposed substantial changes to the police and to Islington Council—our aim is to set a new industry gold standard for safe clubbing.
“Venues like Fabric face huge challenges in tackling drugs but as an experienced operator, with a strong track record and which is willing to invest, we are best placed to pioneer new ways of working that will keep people safer. We hope the council and the police will support these efforts on the 6th and allow us to remain open.”
An Islington Council license review meeting is scheduled for September 6 where the club's future will be decided.