It was announced a few days ago that London’s super club, Fabric, has closed its doors for good. This is following two recent deaths of 18 year olds at the club, both of which bought MDMA (ecstasy) from dealers at the venue.
Prior to the closure of the club, over there had been over 150,000 signatures on an online petition to save Fabric, even endorsed by Radio One’s Annie Mac and Nick Grimshaw to name a few.
Despite the petition, it was not enough to keep London’s most famous club open and the UK nightlife is looking ever bleaker.
In the UK we pride ourselves on our rich art culture, we believe in expressing ourselves, but also appreciating others, however that may be. Some may choose to visit an art gallery, others choose live music or DJ sets, unfortunately the latter isn’t respected in the same vein.
The UK was once a hub for live performers and DJs, according to the Association of Licensed Multiple Retailers over half of the clubs and live venues in the UK have closed in the last ten years. If we carry on at this rate, London, and the UK, will have cease to have any sort of music scene, let alone a nightlife scene.
It’s becoming ever apparent that London doesn’t want a nightlife scene, regardless of the views of London’s own mayor, Sadiq Khan, who was ‘dissapointed’ to hear of the club’s closure. However, people at the top, behind closed doors, seem to disagree. Khan went on to say
“The decline must stop if London is to retain its status as a 24-hour city, with a world class night life.”
I think what is most important is that we need to understand that people are never going to stop taking drugs. If they don’t do it in Fabric then they will simply do it elsewhere and be pushed underground, in potentially far more dangerous places like abandoned warehouses or squat raves., where instant medical attention does not exist.
Having been to Fabric myself, I’ve never been subject to a more rigorous drugs check in my life, being patted up and down, having my crotch and bum groped, whilst going through metal detectors.
This search was far more proficient then any I’ve ever experienced before, and the only way nightclubs like Fabric, can be sure of no drugs getting in, is if they adopt prison style entry methods- which is beyond ridiculous.
What I find even more frustrating is that people die all the time from drug use at festivals and other venues, yet they’re never treated in the same way. It felt like Islington council has a specific vendetta against Fabric, and in doing so, is tearing down London’s nightlife bit-by-bit.
Owner of nightclub Proud Camden, Alex Proud said, “They’ll come for me next”.
Right now, Britain’s nightlife is losing the war against local councils and the police. And it isn’t showing any signs of recovery.