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Highbury Magistrates Court has today approved the agreement.
London’s fabric nightclub will reopen soon.
After it emerged that the club was in talks with Islington council and Metropolitan police to have its license reinstated, an agreement was rubber-stamped today at Highbury Magistrates Court. The agreement will see fabric reopen with a new set of licensing conditions. The exact reopening date has not been decided.
Philip Kolvin QC, one of the lawyers who’s been representing fabric since its license was revoked in September, told the court that fabric “has always set about trying to lead the industry,” and has engaged in a “root and branch reappraisal” of its operating procedures.
The 38 new conditions in the agreement have been outlined by fabric and the police in a joint statement, which you can read in full below. They include the use of a new ID scanning system, enhanced searching procedures, physical changes to the club, and lifetime bans for anyone found in possession of drugs or attempting to buy drugs in the club.
Mixmag lists their must-hears for the month of October including a standout by Boston’s own Cirrus!
Noisia, Lenzman, Dawn Wall and more
Album of the month
Noisia ‘Outer Edges’ (Vision)
No collaborations, very few vocals and no radio-friendly top lines in sight – just 18 tracks of super-deluxe hardstepping d’n’b and experimental industrial fury that no-one else can hold a candle to when it comes to expert sound design. Twisted synths that sound like giant squid tentacles dripping in radioactive ooze; jackhammer drums that knife across the soundscape; raw funk riffs that buckle the 170bpm formula into a crushing sub-bass lick: this is production that’s a dimension apart. A microcosm of the sonically intricate and heavyweight sound and brand the Dutch trio have built in the six years since their first LP, ‘Outer Edges’ is your entry point to a group that have transcended d’n’b and created a new sonic wormhole for thousands of voyagers.
“[Fabric] was a religion for all of us.”
In an interview with Channel 4 News, rave innovator Goldie said he would melt down his MBE in protest of Fabric’s closure. He suggested other DJs join suit:
“I’m wondering whether or not the likes of me, the likes of Jazzie B, Norman Jay, Pete Tong for that matter, should just trade our MBEs in, melt them down and put them in a pencil-pushers coffee, so it can taste a little bit sweeter for him today, so he feels more successful in killing counter culture and culture itself.”
The Walsall-born DJ was awarded his MBE (Member of the Order of the British Empire) in February by Charles, Prince of Wales. He’s now ready to ditch that honor in favor of keeping London’s culture vibrant…
The underground rave scene in Boston was going strong in mid 90s with parties like the Primary series and Plur, Plural, and Pluralism. The Mission Control hotline, Boston Raves and NE Raves listserves, and VRAVE connected the scene. On the club front, The Loft, a private after hours, was pretty much where it was at for underground dance music. Their usual focus was House with Boston House legend DJ Bruno as the downstairs resident but upstairs, DJ Overload and Jason Mouse started to mix it up with early Hardcore and Jungle.
Around the same time, original Boston Jungle promoter Al Fougy returned to Boston from London. He had attended some of the seminal Jungle nights and came back determined to bring the sound to Boston. Word spread, in the fall of 1995, that a night dedicated to Jungle was starting and flyers started showing up everywhere…