Great news: Following the rumours late last week that Fabric’s organisers have been having private discussions with Islington Town Hall ahead of the scheduled appeal against their licence being revoked, the 17 year old London venue has now confirmed that they are to re-open.
The news was once again broken by Islington Gazette. Reporting that the venue will re-open at an unconfirmed date in the near future, Fabric will adhere to a variety of changes and additions to its operations including:
– a designated “premises supervisor”
– new posts of head of welfare, head of security and search captains
– a new welfare team trained by Loop to spot signs of clubbers’ vulnerability
– a CCTV controller to watch a live feed and spot any criminal activity
– all 250 staff to receive drug awareness training
– ID scanners at entry to premises
– U19s not permitted entry
While some of these stipulations seem restrictive (the venue appealed successfully against ID scanners last year) and 18 year olds are going to have to wait another year to party there, we know Fabric will implement these without diluting the experience that has ensured its role at the forefront of exciting electronic music for almost 20 years. This remains hugely positive news and proof that ideas and policies can be changed through uniting and campaigning pro-actively.
Congratulations to Fabric and everyone who worked with them, amplified their message and donated to them to give them the space, time and funds to make these policy changes and turnaround council legislation. Today is great day for UK nightlife. For full details read the full Islington Gazette report and keep your eyes on Fabric’s Facebook page for more details.