Fans of Farringdon club Fabric, and the venue itself, have reacted to its recent review, initiated following drug deaths at the venue.
Fabric has been saved from closure after its owners agreed to pay for sniffer dogs to check clubbers for drugs in an agreement to keep its licence.
The venue stated: “In light of last night’s review, we’d like to stress that fabric will continue to work with the Met Police and Islington Council. We’ve always taken great pride in our relationship with both parties and the open ended nature of our communication. Nevertheless we are disappointed with the outcome of last night’s review and the fact that our points weren’t taken on board.”
It stressed that none of the measures listed in the outcome of the review will come in to effect until after the venue has seen the Council’s written report and decided how it intends to appeal certain points.
It continues: “Our chief and only consideration has – and always will be – for the safety, well-being and best interests of the people that come to this venue. If we disagree on any points it is because we feel there is a better and more well thought out approach that would better protect our patrons.
“As a team we’ve dedicated ourselves to putting on the best music events possible in the best possible environment for the last 15 years. We strive to lead from the front in regards to the management of our social responsibilities and the constantly evolving challenges of the night-time environment – both the Police and the Council hailed our venue as a best-practice model on many levels in last night’s hearing.”
Over the past three years, eight clubbers have collapsed at the venue, four of whom died after taking MDMA, ecstasy and other drugs.
In the last incident in September, an 18-year-old girl fell ill and later died in hospital after buying MDMA inside the venue — twice voted the world’s best club.
In a police report submitted to the committee, Pc Steven Harrington said: “It attracts clientele from all over Europe and it would seem that the immaturity or lifestyle of these patrons leads to them becoming actively involved in the taking of illegal drugs and this could account for the disproportionate and wholly unacceptable number of deaths and near death incidents at the venue.”
Reactions to the initial proposed closure, via Change.org: