News 17 August 2016
Author: Marisa Lee

More drug-related deaths leave Fabric closing indefinitely

Author Marisa Lee
17 August 2016

Grime has always taken well to the stages of Fabric, but this weekend the Farringdon club is due to close it’s doors due to drug-related deaths.

Two teenagers have died this summer at the 2,500 capacity venue, where an 18-year-old clubber recently lost his life at 8:20am on Saturday morning, after collapsing outside the venue.

Another 18-year old died after he fell ill on the 25th of June, so the club has suspended operations this weekend to investigate.

On its website, Fabric stated, 

“For the past two years Fabric has operated without incident, but tragically in the past nine weeks two 18-year-old boys have died as a consequence of drug overdoses.

“In order to understand how this has happened we have agreed with the police and other agencies to suspend our operation while we investigate. The club will therefore be closed this weekend.”

Organisers said that another statement would be released next week and that all tickets bought for this weekend would be refunded.

From Newham Generals to BBK, the club has seen some of the scene’s biggest (and newest) MCs grace its stages, alongside DJs like Preditah and Logan Sama, the latter of who released his own FabricLive mixtape in collaboration with the club.

Police have been trying to shut the club down for years, and on December 2014 they asked that the council “seriously consider” taking Fabric’s licence away, due to four deaths between 2011 and 2014 and eight other occasions where people collapsed.

The venue was allowed to stay open with new, stricter door controls including sniffer dogs and ID scanners, but the council won an appeal against the new conditions in December 2015 after they argued that not enough drugs were being confiscated off of people at the door.

UPDATE 17/08/16:

The club has been closed indefinitely.