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Petition to #savefabric surpasses 90,000 signatures


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On Wednesday 24th August, promoter and DJ Jacob Husley launched a petition to show support for the acclaimed London nightclub Fabric, which is currently under threat of closure. 

The petition surpassed its original target of 35,000 signatures in only 13 hours, and at the time of writing has gained 93,750 supporters.

Husley set up the petition on to lobby Islington Council and London Mayor Sadiq Khan to ensure that the club is allowed to reopen.

Farringdon nightclub Fabric ceased operation earlier this month after Islington Council suspended the club’s licence, at the request of the Metropolitan Police Service, following the deaths of two 18-year olds in suspected drug related circumstances.

Events scheduled for the bank holiday weekend and the first week of September were cancelled, and ticket holders were issued refunds via Resident Advisor.

The council will hold a review of the club’s license on September 6th, at which councillors and authorities will decide upon whether to implement changes to the licence, issue further suspension or complete closure.

Club management have commended Husley’s efforts, saying that the petition “demonstrates the sheer magnitude of people who not only value what have been doing here in Farringdon for nearly two decades, but also care about our culture, our city’s nightlife and the wider night time economy.”

Earlier this year London Mayor Sadiq Khan said that he believed more should be done to protect clubs to prevent ‘young and creatives Londoners’ going overseas where nightlife is allowed to thrive. Subsequently, many have turned to Khan to champion efforts to ensure that the club remains open, calling on him to ‘honour his promise.’

Khan responded swiftly to these appeals in a tweet directed at London based DJ, Artwork.

Since closure, the club’s management have been working in close co-operation with the Metropolitan Police Service to investigate further into the teenagers’ deaths and review the venue’s security.

The two teenagers died under unrelated circumstances, six weeks apart. One of the men died in hospital Saturday August 6th after he collapsed outside the venue at 8:20BST. The other man collapsed and died on June 25th.

A statement on behalf of the club read: “The safety of all our customers has always been at the core of what we do, so right now we’re working with the relevant authorities and looking at everything we can to make sure that we can continue to operate after the 6th September.”

Since news first broke, fans, artists, and members of the industry have taken to social media to pen their own respective endorsements of the club. A common theme uniting almost all post have been their appraisal of fabric’s contribution to the international reputation of London’s nightlife culture. Numerous artists have offered more personal stories demonstrating the importance of the club as a platform for propelling talent to new heights.

Alongside Husley, many artists and influencers in the nightlife community have urged supporters to do what they can to show solidarity with the club.

The #savefabric petition can be viewed here.

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