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Fabric closure: What next for the UK’s club scene?

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Fabric opened in 1999 and was twice named the best club in the world by DJ Magazine

Fabric, one of Britain’s best-known nightclubs, has been shut after the deaths of two clubbers. But fans, DJs and venue owners have decried the decision, saying it will not solve the drug problem but will have a chilling effect on the clubbing scene.

“Our culture has been torn apart,” tweeted dance act Chase Status, noting that almost all of London’s iconic dance venues have now closed their doors.

Trainspotting author Irvine Welsh said the decision marked “the beginning of the end of our cities as cultural centres”.

And a host of other artists and DJs, from Fatboy Slim and the Chemical Brothers to Radio 1’s Annie Mac and Nick Grimshaw, also expressed their dismay.

Singer Roisin Murphy told the BBC: “For London it is a sign of things going downhill, in terms of being a fun place. I think people have seen the same thing happen in New York.”

‘Inadequate’ drug policy

Islington Council revoked Fabric’s licence after the drug-related deaths of two 18-year-olds in June and August.

At a late-night meeting on Tuesday, the council’s licensing board heard that both men had consumed MDMA in the nightclub and purchased drugs in the venue.