Fabric Nightclub is reportedly in advanced talks to reopen
Fabric Nightclub’s premature closure at the hands of the Islington Town Council this past September shook the dance world, prompting a global conversation on drug safety and education, and the role venues play in keeping their attendees safe. The closure had been a result of two unfortunate deaths of minors who’d overdosed on illegal substances the summer prior.
Almost immediately after the decision was made, which many deemed as unnecessary and far from a long term solution to the city’s drug problems, Fabric co-owner Cameron Leslie, along with his team and the Night Time Industries Association(NTIA), filed an appeal with a tentative first hearing date set for November 28. Their approach was to change the licensing system as a whole, which would be a boom to the entire London dance industry as well as Fabric.
While both parties are locked into a non-disclosure agreement over the proceedings, reports have begun coming in regarding early stages of a discussion to reopen the club under new licensing agreements. Fabric jump-started the process earlier this month by way of submitting 155 pages worth of evidence and an amended Operational & Procedures Manual which proves their standards are nothing below the highest when it comes to protecting their guests.
The Islington Tribune reports that a deal could potentially be set prior to the hearing, pending that the court and lawyers on both sides are willing to agree to a new licensing contract. Nothing can be fully confirmed, however, due to their current non-disclosure agreement. “We don’t have any other comment ahead of the appeal, beyond our statement from September,” said an Islington spokesperson. Meanwhile, Cameron Leslie advised he’s “not at liberty to say whether [discussions] are being had or not.”
H/T: DJ Mag