‘Culture of drugs’ at Fabric causes licence to be revoked

One of the UK’s most well-known nightclubs is to close permanently after having its licence revoked.

The decision to shut down Fabric was made by Islington Council in London, which described a “culture of drugs” that existed at the venue.

The club was closed temporarily earlier this year after the deaths of two teenagers.

The Metropolitan Police claimed keeping Fabric open would cause further drug-related deaths.

Fabric co-founder Cameron Leslie said he was “gutted” at the decision.

The decision has been criticised by several DJs and artists who’ve performed at the venue in the past.

A 28-day licence suspension was already in place at Fabric following the death of an 18-year-old last month.

It sparked an online petition with 150,000 signatures and DJs like Annie Mac tweeting their support.


A sub-committee at Islington council listened to more than five hours of material on Tuesday night and deliberated for an hour on the decision.

“Searches at the venue were inadequate,” the committee chair commented. “Deaths at the club involved people who were very young.”

In its report, the council said: “The extent of the drug use was such that security and staff would have or should have been able to observe not only the use of drugs but also the effect of drug use on a large number of patrons.”

Over the past four years there have been six deaths in relation to Fabric, five of those were under 25.

The decision is expected to have a huge implication on the London nightlife scene, as well as other cities across the UK.

“If it wasn’t for places like Fabric we wouldn’t have any of our cultural assets,” said Alan Miller, chairman of the Night Time Industries Association.

“We’re going to challenge this. This is unacceptable. This isn’t the last word.”

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