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Just Jack's 11 Greatest Party Moments

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Just Jack- House Music is turning 11 and to mark the occasion, Meoko has compiled a list of 11 brilliant events from the self-proclaimed vibe merchants, disco peddlers and renegade masters. Over the years, Tom Rio, Dan Wild, Rag Amuffin, Jethro Binns and Rob Shaw have been bringing the boogie. This weekend they’ll be marking their decade-long reign as kings of Bristol’s party house scene with Robert Hood aka Floorplan, Midland, DJ Bone, Optimo, Soichi Terada and many more. But before that, let’s have a look at some of the amazing things they’ve brought us over the last 11years…

 

Jeremy Underground’s set at Just Jack’s Secret Toilet Party- January 2017

 

The Just Jack crew really started 2017 in one of the most bizarre and fun ways possible. Setting up a secret tent behind the portals at Bristol’s Motion, then getting Jeremy Underground to perform made for an unforgettable night. Partygoers enjoyed funky house jams while dancing under inflatable ducks, toilet brushes and cuddly poo toys, charming.

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DJ Koze takes over the Arnolifini as part of the Altered States- April 2015

 

The Red Bull Music Academy tour collaborated with the kaleidoscopic party-curators to bring together music and art in Bristol’s Arnolifini Museum. Crowds were thrown into psychedelic fantasies of colour and sound. Koze projected enigmatic images onto the walls to bring together an all-encompassing sensory experience.

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9th Birthday at fabric- February 2015

 

Just Jack are a Bristol landmark, but they broadened their horizons for a legendary night at a legendary club. After celebrating their ninth birthday with a massive blowout at Motion, they moved further afield to Farringdon. Here, they brought their own flavour with Terry Francis, John Barera & Will Martin and Tom Rio & Dan Wild all taking to the stage. Bysmashing it in the capital, they proved themselves to be champions of the British house scene.

 

 

Just Jack’s Circus Freak Boutique- October 2008 to present.

 

Just Jack’s Halloween parties are legendary in Bristol. The Circus Freak Boutique is now a tradition. Having been going strong for the last decade, we thought it would be suitable to reflect on the early days, having only been going for a couple of years, the crew were quickly taking off, moving into the bastille that is Motion’s Skatepark. They claimed it would be the most sordid party they’d ever thrown, and they continue to out-do themselves every year since. By 2015, it was headlined by Ricardo Villalobos, Kyle Hall and Sonja Moonear. In 2016, they had Âme. It just keeps getting bigger and bigger…

 

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Just Jack Presents…Booka Shade- November 2010

 

What a way to take over In:Motion. Booka Shade, Matt Tolfrey & Geddes, jozif, Buckley, Waifs & Strays , Tom Rio and Dan Wild all blew the crowds minds with this all-star extravaganza. They claim to eat your face off, and they came close.

 

 

 

Illusion Recordings & Just Jack present MR. G- December 2012

 

Before collaborating with the godfather of the underground scene in 2015, Just Jack hosted a spectacular event at The Garage in Leeds, teaming up with illusion records to provide something truly magical. An intimate setting with unbelievable soundscapes and a living legend, Mr G. What could be better?

 

 

Just Jack at Hideout festival Croatia- July 2012

 

The ‘Noah’s Ark’ themed festival party was one of the first festival appearances for the house mavericks. Bringing their own unique style and sense of humour to the beautiful Pag in Croatia. Hideout was still in its early years but this collaboration blew partygoers out the water (excuse the pun).

 

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KiNK and Neville Watson with My Love is Underground- December 2013

 

The return of the Jack. This time in the Empire Theatre. Returning to their hometown after travelling across the UK, these guys made sure to have one hell of a homecoming. Taking over two rooms, they provided an intimate den for high quality acid house and techno, courtesy of Colonel Wrongface himself. The main room saw KiNK and Neville Watson collaborating on a mind-bending blend of anthems while Jeremy Underground and brilliant Brawther threaten to tear the back doors off the place. Unforgettable.

 

 

Just Jack Agency Launch- June 2013

 

This marked a pinnacle moment for the party-planners as they branched out from events to their own label, which has since released some incredible tracks. Stamp the Wax and Just Ticket joined together with the Bristol-born mavericks for a Berlin-style open-air day party at the Riverside Youth Project in Bristol. A monumental occasion that featured Mano Le Tough, James Welsh and Typesun who provided some of the best in house and boogie.

 

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Just Jack’s 10th Birthday- February 2016

 

Having established themselves as an institution, they celebrated their tenth birthday in style. Three hours of Seth Troxler and Eats Everything playing back-to-back. Optimo, Hunee, Honey Dijon, and Steffi all marked the occasion. Europe’s biggest DJs all gathered to Motion to mark the last 10 years and to welcome in the next.

 

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Robert Hood aka Floorplan and Midland for Just Jack’s 11th birthday- February 2017

 

Ok, even though this hasn’t happened yet, it is guaranteed to be an epic occasion. Following last years extraordinary spectacle, Just Jack are pulling out all the stops to bring one of their biggest and best nights yet. An evening of funk-house and foxy jams will be provided by the stellar line-up; Robert Hood, Midland, Optimo, DJ Bone, Soichi Terada, Jayda G, Tom Rio and Dan Wild. The true originators and the champions of the underground will be taking over Motion of this night of unstoppable fun, funk and festivities.

 

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So there it is, some hand-picked moments from Bristol’s house pioneers. To stay up to date on all the action, have a look at their Facebook page. To listen to some of their fresh tunes, head to their Soundcloud. And to make sure you don’t have FOMO this Saturday, get yourself a ticket to the big 11th birthday bash, here.

 

 

Words by Georgia Evans

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MEOKO Exclusive: Dakini Festival - A Journey into the Unknown

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Hidden away on Tuzla Beach, Romania, a progressive movement is taking shape. Fuelled by the ethos of creating sustainable ad-hoc society built around music, art and culture is Dankini Festival. From the 29th june-2nd July the Black Sea coastline will be inhabited by attendees of one of Europe’s most progressive festivals and for a few days, some of the most creative minds from all around the world will call this palce “home".

Featuring four nights of music, speakers and workshops with art installations and one of Eastern Europe’s biggest yoga villages. Over 100 artists will gather together on three stages for an eclectic mix of psy-trance, chill and micro house. With the tag line, ‘We are sky dancers’ the festival promotes creativity, freedom and the opportunity to immerse yourself in an experience like no other.

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It’s first wave of headliners have been announced, and it looks good. The Psy-trance stage features the likes of Astrix, Avalon, Loud (live), E-Mantra, DJ Tsubi, Dr Space, kroko, Gahabbi, Dj Driss and more.

Then there’s the Chill stage with Desert Dwellers, GAUDI, Carbon Based Lifeforms, Vibrasphere, Kaya Project, Suduaya, Irina Mikhailova, Solar Fields, Globular, DJ Bayawaka, Ancient Core, Kukan dUb Lagan, DJ Johnny Blue & Zen Baboon all billed to perform.

Finally, the Micro stage bringing you Herodot, Priku, Piticu, Gescu, Arapu, Alexandra, Suciu, Cap, Crihan, Vlf, Nu Zau, Sepp, Charlie, LIZZ, VincentIulian, Christopher Ledger, K.D.Chriss & Mihigh.

 

 

 

With more than just music, this experience is holistic-getaway for the world’s creatives and freest individuals.  For a soul-changing experience that includes music, martial arts, dance, astrology, art and sustainability. A limited number of arly birds are available here.

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Words by Georgia Evans

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Junction 2 Full Line-Up Announcement

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Junction 2 is one of London’s best underground festivals. Five stages hosted by LWE, Drumcode, The Hydra, Sonus and Into the Woods. This all-day dance spectacular will be held at Boston Manor Park, which will become an industrial utopia for all partygoers.

This massive spectacle follows last year's show which saw the likes of Adam Beyer, Carl Craig, Âme, Nina Kraviz, Mr. G and Marcel Dettmann all come together in London's urban utopia. To commemorate his return to the festival, Beyer will be performing all night long at Printworks on 25th February. In addition to this, this year, The Hydra and Drumcode will be joined by Sonus and Into the Woods bringing some new flavour to the event. Expect to see the natural beauty of the surrounding area contrasting to the industrial features and invigorating soundscapes brought by each artist. 

 

 

The full line-up has just been announced, and it boasts a plethora of sonic textures. The biggest names being techno-master Ben Klock, Berlin’s DJ Koze, the unstoppable Tale of Us and so many more.

This incredible line-up features the biggest and best artists from across the globe. Underground-royalty Adam Beyer will be there ahead of his appearance at Sonus. He’ll be joined by the much-acclaimed British producer Alan Fitzpatrick, and cutting-edge post-punk producer Andrew Weatherall.

The godfather of Berlins modern techno movement, Ben Klock, is also set to perform, alongside the euphoric Charlotte De Witte and CLR boss Chris Liebing. Daniel Avery, Daphni aka Caribou, Dolan Bergin and DJ Tennis all add to the massive line-up.

DJ Koze will be making an appearance, bringing his signature style of hip-hop and disco house blends. Eagles and Butterflies, G.Walker and Ida Engberg will be there too. Not to forget Jane Fitz, Janeret and one of techno’s’ most in-demand DJ and producers, Joseph Capriati.

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Kolo & Dyze feature on the list, with Maceo Plex and Romanian favourite Praslea. There’s also live performances by Planetary Assault Systems and Recondite. British underground sensation Reset Robot and looptechno legend Rødhåd will also be there.

Rounding off the mind-blowing line-up is Tarek Charbonnier, Willow and the extraordinary Sam Paganini and the legendary duo Tale of Us.

This is an event of epic proportions, and not to be missed. To make sure you are a part of the action, stay updated on the Facebook page. Tickets are still available online here.

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Words by Georgia Evans

 

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Romania: The Fertile Ground for Underground Scene

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There’s a certain aura that surrounds the electronic music scene of Romania, which has met an unseen development compared to other countries. From humble artists that like their profile as low-key as possible, to parties and after-parties that go on around the clock for days, crowds with an insatiable thirst for high quality events — the Romanians started from scratch the design of their underground scene, more than 20 years ago, with an outcome that acknowledged the interest of the whole world.

The political background and the social context had a lot to do with the start of this current. During communism, finding artwork from any genre of music was a real quest, the access to information being severely controlled and limited back then. Since the forbidden is always desired, the challenge only spiced things up for the ones passionate about music. In the long-term, it made them explore the unknown without being restrained by trends, patterns or following some induced rules. They had freedom and infinite possibilities, something that determined them to develop their own vision without much influence from the outside world, and eventually to come up with something unique.

After communism’s alienation, things slowly started to unfurl. Around ’95, like-minded people started small gatherings, the first ones having crowds of less than 50 people, while young talents like Rhadoo were practicing at the decks. At the turn of the century, the legendary La Mania parties were happening on the Black Sea coast, marking a milestone for what was coming up next. Clubs started to open, such as Zebra or Kristal Club which allowed people with similar interests to meet and organically develop their relationships with the music. Raresh and PetreInspirescu joined this path, and it was not long until their friendship and love affair with music brought them together. Sunrise Booking Agency started as a necessity soon afterwards in 2005. This brought the trio together, and acknowledged Romania as a breeding ground for talented DJs and producers. One year later [a:rpia:r] started their own imprint and got gigs outside Romania, despite the fact that the music they were playing was so different to the style the foreigners had in their vinyl bags.

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The year of 2007 represents another milestone. The first Sunwaves Festival took place, and it’s needless to mention its weight in supporting the scene. Also Club Midi opened, the first location in Transylvania exclusively for electronic music, instantly receiving international recognition for the price they put on quality and their spaceship-like venue. Bucharest and Cluj-Napoca emerged as the most homogenous cities around the country that deep-rooted this movement, most of the young talents moving in as these hotspots grew further. In the last 5 years, the evolution reached a higher-pace, with more and more talented people joining the crew. There is a serious love for vinyl, labels and strong brands that have made a name for themselves, be they clubs (Guesthouse) or festivals (Mioritmic, Casino Sinaia, SNRS48, Waha).

The scene in Romania is definitely passion-orientated, paying special attention to local talents and audiences rather than courting international renown. Club owners are focusing a bit more on the whole experience and the special moments they get to live when creating a line-up, instead of the business side. Even when it comes to big events, the promoting is not flaunted, leaving the followers to gravitate themselves towards the happening.

Cluj-Napoca is probably one of the most welcoming destination in Romania, mainly due to the positive energy of the people and the committed organisers. The main promoters make sure to deliver high-quality events and settings, following quality over quantity principle; usually there’s one main party every weekend, but it’s so good that it’s enough. The main promoter - Club Midi –is active during autumn, winter and spring, with Mioritmic festival being their highlight in October; while Alandala organises parties mostly during summertime, making the most of some spectacular venues around the city. 

 

 

On the other side, Bucharest is restless: you can go out every day of the week and attend proper parties; it’s no wonder why with so many DJ’s living there. During the week Misbits, MadPiano or Control Club are places you shouldn’t miss, but keep in mind to save some energy for the weekend. No matter if you choose to go out at Guesthouse, Eden or Kristal Club, these places run usually for more than just a night. It’s not a surprise to find Guesthouse open on a Monday. People found their place, and they let themselves be carried by it, wherever it takes them. There’s nothing forced about it, everything flows very naturally, just like the common thing that brings these people together: the music.

In the last few years, the so-called “Romanian sound” phrase was overused when referring to any outcome of the Romanian producers, but its relevance seems to be more like a plate of nationality, since the sound can hardly be defined like this. If you check the quality, variety of the two styles and approaches and the amount of electronic music exported by Romanian producers, you’ll discover differences and diversity. They’re being very exploitative rather than limiting their musical diet to a single genre. They’re split into countless sub-genres, and you’ll notice that they're very dissimilar one from another.

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The most renowned producers coming from Romania developed individualistic experimentation, each and every notable one wearing a personal signature you can’t match. Just to mention a few, take a look at PetreInspirescu, G76, SIT(Vlad Caia b2b Cristi Cons), Barac, Zefzeed, Cezar, Livio&Roby or Suciu - they are anything but similar. From the second you start playing a track, you’re soaked in a story with a driving bassline, clean cuts and strong attitude - each of them wearing their personal trademark. At first it seems harmless; only later do you realize what you've gotten into. They’ll get you travelling just to see them playing.

 

With this organic evolution of the movement in the last 20 years, it’s not surprising that it became appealing to many youngsters to get involved and create something on their own. The number of those who test their skills is growing constantly; but only when an artistic vision, commitment and technical abilities are all present something distinctive will turn out. Authentically learning the mathematical patterns of music and creating tracks from scratch has never failed from being the best recipe of a masterpiece. No matter how many shortcuts there are nowadays, the ones who avoid them make their way to the top. It’s a pleasure to see Romania has a handful of producers that still think this way. This goes hand in hand with their low-key profile policy, by keeping a sort of mystery regarding themselves and their work, from tons of unreleased artworks to limited vinyl runs and the very rare interviews.

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Romania has one of the most dazzling night lives, with lush soundscapes and visuals that anchor your mind with ease. From festivals to clubs, the video-mapping is one of the highlights of a night: accentuated and ambiguous — they make out of a record more than the sum of its parts, sounding richer and more nuanced the more you lose yourself in the panorama in front of your eyes. The parties go for days; the idea of playing long sets fuses with the DJs desire to express their vision: there’s no rush. Starting from its inherited natural locations, you’ll have one of your best party experiences in Romania due to the fusion between organizers, line-up, visuals and friendly people.

With a growing interest from people based outside Romania, it’s a pleasure to see how the scene managed to maintain an intimate and welcoming vibe rarely found nowadays, and an up-for-it crowd, in a restless search of the track-IDs. The scene was enforced with music of various levels of understanding, not something that the Romanians invented, but something where they had a meaningful contribution. It's now about a lot more than making people dance.

 

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Power to the People - a tribute to fabric

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Was it all a bad dream? 2016. It was a year we would probably all like to forget and move on from. Decisions were made (pretty bad ones) that would shake the world and divide nations, from Brexit to the US general elections I think we can all agree its been a year that often felt was taken directly from the script of a bad soap opera or worst still, ‘that’ episode of The Simpsons. The ‘curse’ of 2016 didn’t only affect us politically it also hit hard when London’s most prolific nightclub, fabric was forced to close its doors in the early hours of September 7th.  The events that would unfold over the months to follow were moving, powerful and heart-warming. Ahead of fabrics re-opening this weekend we look back at how Islington Councils bad decision caused an entire community to come together and unite to prevent the closure of one of the greatest cultural hubs of our generation, and in short save a part of London’s nightlife culture

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The Decision

On the 6th of September Islington Council and fabric came together to decide on the fate of the London nightclub which was facing having its licence revoked by the Metropolitan Police following the tragic deaths of two young clubbers who had lost their lives in the London venue previously that year. By revoking the fabric’s licence Islington Council and the Metropolitan Police aimed to prevent any further drug related deaths. However as a central part of London’s nightlife culture the closure of fabric posed a huge threat and represented a far bigger issue. Over the past ten years UK nightlight had taken a major hit with clubs across the country hitting an all time decline of 50%, in 2005 there were 3144 clubs last year saw this number plummet to a mere 1733. In London alone popular venues such as Shapes, Cable, Turnmills, Vibe Bar, Plastic People and many more were being forced to close their doors over the past few years. The closure of fabric seemed to be last straw in the flight to keep London’s night culture alive. Prior to the licence being reviewed fabric promoter of eight years Jacob Husley created a petition to save the club, which would then be used to support the case in the 6th of September.  Jacob Husley started the petition with a single signature and with the support of the nightlife and arts culture was able to gather 160,664 supporters.

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The support came flowing in from all corners of the world with backing from artists, public figures and highly regarded members of the music industry. The review was communicated on a live feed following the review, we all followed this on edge listening to the heart felt and moving speech from fabric director Cameron Leslie, and for a moment there was a glimmer of hope. However as the fateful hour fell upon us at 2:00am on 7th September Islington council ruled that fabric was to close its doors indefinitely. Something inside all of us died a little.

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The Fight Back

''We are determined to fight the council’s decision and challenge the way that the police brought this review against us. Without challenge these tactics could close every licensed premises in the country, something needs to change or our night-time  economy and culture will continue in this worrying spiral of decline. 

To achieve this we need your help.'' –
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The sudden closure of fabric sparked a wave of unity across London's nightlife community and beyond. Fabric reached out and in a statement later made asked for support in fighting the decision of the council in what would be seen as an appeal taking place in late November. #saveourculture fund was born. The Night Time Industries Association (NTIA) #savenightlife campaign also played a huge part in the on-going fight and awareness of how important our night culture was to our community, following the launch of year-long #nightlifematters series aimed at celebrating British club culture. The NTIA’s campaign gives a voice to everyone who is passionate nightlife, for every signature provided an email would be sent directly the local Councillor and MP in their area and in short going straight to the decision maker. To support and coincide with fabrics closure the NTIA put together a short film featuring respected industry professionals such as Andy C, Kate Simko, Artwork, Bill Brewster to talk about fabric and what London’s culture would lose if fabric were to close for good. The film really hit home as to what was at steak if we were to lose the iconic cultural heart of the nightlight community.

The month of October marked a huge month of fundraising to help raise the costs needed. The sheer response to the fundraising campaigns proved further still that this gloomy event had in fact brought people closer together, everyone was willing to reach into their pockets to help create a change. From NTIA's #savenightlife campaign to fabrics very own #saveourculture fund everyone was set on to not only saving the future of fabric but saving our culture and the freedom we all had to express ourselves freely to the music we love. Individuals also began to create their own fundraising schemes to support the cause. One case that stood out to me in particular was 24hr Footwork, whereby Tim Griffiths danced for 24hours non-stop outside the doors of fabric in order to raise money to contribute towards fabric’s legal fees. The response he got from not only the UK but around world was huge and resulted in him beating his target and raising a staggering £2,060 of a £2,000 goal.

“At the heart of this, is a passion for our underground electronic community, which encapsulates everything from the friends we've met, and the memories we hold, to the music and venues we know, love and respect.

Don't stand for it! #danceforit” –
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MEOKO also worked hard to unite spirits during this difficult time and managed to set a peaceful protest in place in hope to save and protect nightlife culture. Having attracted a huge response since the beginning of September, it was clear that this was an issue which had affected many and that we where all passionate about. After weeks of preparation the march took place on October 8th. Taking place through the streets of East London and finishing up in London Fields, the march was supported by the NTIA as well as key figures in the music industry. The talks made at the event by key speakers showed that this was a fight nobody was giving up on and that as a community we would continue to come together in unity.

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''It’s been touching to see so many people from across the music industry coming together, and we’re so happy to see so many different promoters organising events specifically to raise funds for our campaign.'' – fabric

From fundraising to dancing to crowd funding people everywhere became active in the fabrics on going struggle to raise the required legal fees to fight the closure of the club. During the months to come #saveourculuture fundraisers became a feature on the London party scene, boasting line-ups that took inspiration from fabrics Friday and Saturday programming. Artists such as Darius Syrossian, Bushwacka!, Finnebassen, Levon Vincent, Ricardo Villalobos, Seth Troxler, Rødhåd, Ben Klock, Joy Orbison, Job Jobse, Nicolas Lutz, Scuba, Nina Kraviz, Alan Fitzpatrick, Jamie Jones graced the decks of these events proving that this was a cause close to everyone’s hearts. Not only were these fundraisers put on in London but places as far as Manchester, Oslo and Ibiza threw parties to support the #saveourculture cause. It was no longer a UK issue, it had become global. The #saveourculture fundraisers proved that just because fabrics doors had been closed the music didn’t have to stop, and this time people were dancing for a cause. We were dancing to support the scene and in turn helping to preserve London’s nightlife at home and abroad.

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The Win

On November 21st fabric confirmed the news that their licence had been won back. A wave of joy and relief washed over us all, as a community we had come together to fight for a change and we had won. The reopening date was confirmed for January 6th with a series of stellar line-ups that featured some of the finest tastemakers in the industry. Fabric had been saved and its events for 2017 proved that its here to stay. We saved fabric.

''We really would not be here today without your unparalleled support and generosity. So many different people stepped up to put their voices to our cause, artists from all corners of the music community, fellow promoters who have put on huge events from us and clubbers from around the world who all united behind us.'' - fabric

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Ahead of the re-opening we caught up with fabrics Andy Blackett to talk about fabrics recents journey and whats in store for the club in 2017.

The #saveourculture campaign received an overwhelming response from both industry professionals and music lovers, how do you think this united the community?

The support was overwhelming. At times it was the only source of strength we had to keep us going. Seeing what we meant to people really gave us the energy to keep fighting and seeing the nightlife community pull together for us was humbling to say the least. This really struck a chord with me, I remember thinking at the time ‘London and the UK might be going through a tough time at the moment but if we can stay united like this, it can one make us stronger at a community and things can only better’.

I had an interesting chat with Carl Cox and Norman Jay at the DJ mag awards. They compared the uproar against the decision to revoke our license to what they experienced during the time the Criminal Justice and Public Order Act was introduced, OK, they are very different when broken down but the similarities were there in that fabric was the trigger for young people to unite behind something and say ‘hold up, we aren’t standing for this’.

We really want repay the support the community gave us and will lend advice and support where ever we can if needed.

Is the #saveourculture fund something that you plan to continue running into 2017, and if so what will the fund be used towards?

We closed donations to the fund and released the final transparency statement last year which is here for anyone who missed it. The surplus money’s in a segregated account and we’re currently looking at putting it into a trust or giving it charitable status. It will continue to be used to fund Philip Kolvin QC (who is the country’s top licencing barrister and has just been made Night Time Commissioner) to pursue reform to licencing law which seeks to protect all venues from having legal action taken against them, unless it’s an absolute last resort. This has already been heard in the House of Lords and he’ll continue to champion it this year. It’ll also be used to help with other industry associated causes.

Do you think we can take the re-opening of fabric as comfort that our nightlife culture in London is finally being recognised?

I hope it’s the tipping point moment in the way our industry is viewed, we are massive financial contributors to the nation’s economy, which was £66 billion at the last estimate I believe. Aside from that I feel London has grasped that culture and nightlife on all levels - from museums to theatre to live music venues to nightclubs - all contribute to the soul of the city and is what sets vibrant cities apart from others.

Britain has always had an edge, be that from music, fashion or the arts. We had punk, Northern Soul, Drum and Bass, mods, rockers, rave culture in to club culture and so on. All these generational moments have left there footprint on what our country is about. I hope the future generations have the freedom and opportunity to leave their own footprint on it.

As an organisation in order to come to an agreement with the council you have agreed to stricter rules within the club, how do you think this will affect peoples clubbing experience?

If we get them right the customer won’t notice the difference. It will take us time to get these all 100%, so we hope people will work with us on them. But, all the important elements are still there – the people, music and sound system.

Plus a real positive is that we’ve added a new role of Welfare Officer to the club team. Someone whose sole responsibility is to look out for all our customers’ wellbeing. In addition to this all our staff are undergoing training in collaboration with The Loop to help increase drug awareness and safety.

Ultimately, we’re asking everyone to come with a respect for our new conditions. It’s really important that everyone takes personal responsibility to look after themselves and each other.

I think we can all agree the last few months have been extremely tough, name one thing that’s really stood out for you during this fight?

It’s incredibly difficult to name one thing that has stood out – there’s been so many moments - but having taken some time to think about it it’s very easy to pick one thing and that’s YOU our fans. The support the general public, artists and friendly competitors (as I now call them) has been the only thing that has kept us afloat. Without your support the campaign would never have got off the ground and the pressure on the decision makers would have not had the same weight to get all  parties to broker a deal to get us reopen

So we thank you!

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As a community how can we continue to support London nightlife to ensure something of this nature doesn’t repeat itself?

We need to engage with local and national issues as a community and industry. We need to lend our support to Amy Lame (London’s new Night Czar) and Philip Kolvin QC (Night Time Commissioner).  They have a lot of work to do but if they can get the Council, Police and the industry working together with common goals I believe we will secure and protect the capital’s night life as one of the best in the world again.

How do you think the London clubbing scene has shaped fabric?

Without London’s vibrant scene we wouldn’t have so much fantastic emerging talent to draw from – supporting new artists has always been a huge part of our programming and ethos. And it’s this community who are down here every weekend that shape the vibe and atmosphere of the place - even though we are a larger club we still feel a huge connection to it.

Your doors will re-open in January, what’s in store for fabric in 2017? 

We have a few changes happening to the stable of nights we do at the venue, we thought it was time to broaden the range a little.  Saturdays will essentially stay the same with our residents Craig Richards and Terry Francis being the corner stones of the night with the quality house and techno DJ we have always brought in.

Fridays will see the biggest change. FABRICLIVE will live consistently on every last Friday of the month but there will still be at least couple a month in total, coming in at about25 a year. It’s still very much the foundation for Fridays and fabric as whole. We’ve heard people saying we are turning our back on D’n’B and other genres, this is far from the case.  We’re standing firmly with it so expect to see plenty of DnB, Grime, Dub Step, and the sounds that FABRICLIVE is known for in Farringdon.

The truth of the matter is that running a 52 week a year club you need have variety in your line ups to keep the nights strong and healthy.  By condensing FABRICLIVE we are in fact making each night stronger with less talent spreading across the year.

On the remaining Fridays - as well from hosting label parties with some of our long starting artists and partners at the club - we have some exciting new nights instore. One is the ‘Curates’ series we’re launching that with DVS1 on 13th January. This is where fabric invites some of the artists we have immense respect for to curate the whole venue. We’re aiming to roll this out 4-6 times this year.

Further to this we’re bringing in some artists that we just ran out of space for Saturday but more than deserved to play at the club, these nights will allow us to be more diverse we the line ups. A good example of this is Craig’s Nothing Special Label. We can now host it in the right context with his core artist’s dBridge, Calibre and Radioactive Man on a Friday outside of the FABRICLIVE banner. 

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Lineups for January and Feburary 2017 

Words & Interview by Mahala Ashley 

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