- Published on Wednesday, 21 September 2016 20:21
So after the team at Studio 338 spoke with the fabric family they decided this was a great chance to stand together to support our respective causes and indeed London's night life as a whole cause, this is what we truely are, we are a community ...
Therefore ALL ticket and door money will be split between the fund to reopen fabric and that to repair our fire damaged Studio 338.
Happily, the date also coincides with the save nightlife demonstration which MEOKO has been working very hard on to unite our spirits at this difficult time. This party will make a great ending to an important day for all of us that wish to save and protect our culture.
We are all different and our culture reflects this.
However we all have one thing in common, each and everyone of us wouldn’t be who we are today without the clubs, the bars, the art galleries, the festivals, the concerts, the raves, the venues and the parties.
We need to protect the sacred place we gather in, where we feel alive and where we fall in love. The places where we release our energy and give us the motivation to go back to work on Mondays. The places where we come together as a whole and as a community. The places where we get inspired and the places where we can create.
Alongside Levon we have some extremely exciting talent on show. Full line up is here:
+ Special guests
We would encourage you all to follow these links and continue to show the incredible support we have all been so grateful for over the past few weeks:
EVENT FB PAGE - https://www.facebook.com/events/517262995133789/
EVENT TICKET LINK - https://www.residentadvisor.net/event.aspx?882026
This Summer has seen our way of life facing some serious threats but together we will overcome. Unity and Community! Always!
- Published on Thursday, 08 September 2016 12:00
U.N.I.T.Y A strong message to the powers that be… You shall never take away our liberty!
The countdown has begun. The word is that next week prestigious nightclub fabric along with a strong alliance from Night time Industries Association the will put the wheels in motion to head a fundraiser which will assist with the legal cost to fight the appeal against the clubs licence revocation and help keep the club afloat whilst it remains closed.
Club co founder Keith Reilly has already begun to spread the word to the over the airwaves inhonest and informative ‘no flies on me’interview yesterday with DJ Giles Peterson for Worldwide FM. Keith’s message to the masses was crystal clear, “If we don’t stand up for ourselves we will be persecuted”. Cameron Leslie, also co founder of fabric was able to able to convert Iain’s Dale’s views regarding the closure of fabric during his interview with LBC.
During the licensing hearing at Islington Town hall on Tuesday 6th September 2016all involved put forward cogent arguments that tore the evidence put to them by Islington councils board into shreds already proving that fabric will most certainly hang operation ‘Lenor’ dirty laundry out to airdry in the wind.
Night Time Industries Association have already declared their intention to support the cause and has been reported to have said it will donate £10,000 to kick start fabric’s fund raiser. They will assemble a team the best of experts that money can buy to bring to the party to win. NTIA Chairman Alan Miller gave a candid television interview with London Live about personal liability proving that this is not an I (you) but a we issue in our society also highlighting the duty of care that club owners do provide for its patriots especially in a world-renowned club such as fabric.
Deputy chairman Alexander Proud of the NTIA and CEO of Proud Camden has also been very vocal, he has vowed to defend the against the constant persecution that threatens the UK’s nightlife culture and has posted an article written for the Independent for his Facebook and twitter followers read urging them to seek the truth.
fabric has 21 days to appeal to Islington council’s farce decision to rob us of our beloved statuary. Over 150,000 were signatures collected so in theory if everyone that has sighed the petition is willing to donated £5 that is £750,000! The estimated cost of Fabric’s legal appeal is £500,000,food for thought folks… Create, donate and participate!
For information of how you can help head over to https://www.fabriclondon.com/save-fabric
MEOKO created a protest which has joined forces with other industry promoters and clubbers to form a peaceful protest, PROTEST TO SAVE LONDON'S NIGHTLIFE COMMUINITY
Read more about the close of fabric on MEOKO
Words by Tiffany Allen
- Published on Wednesday, 07 September 2016 15:30
During the late 80’s and 90’s acid house movement and before social media came into play where with a click of a few buttons you can invite your entire contact list the way to promote your party was the Flyer. Word of mouth was as still is the fastest method equally as important was the flyer, it was your personal invitation usually handed to you on a night. If you didn’t have one or know somebody there was no way to get in.
In the days of £5 illegal raves flyers were simple with no location of the whereabouts just a number to call and you would meet along the way at pubs or service stations in convoys usually somewhere along the M25 route that would lead you to a field, abandoned warehouse or aircraft hanger to dance.
Over time flyers soon evolved into flamboyant futuristic pieces of printed artwork even becoming the most traded item around school playgrounds during 1992. You would go to your mates house and their bedroom wall would be covered with them, I remember the most popular choice of wallpaper among my peers were Sunrise, Telepathy, Jungle Fever, Innovation, Raindance, Labyrinth and Fantazia. Dreamscape was also a favourite and the first being Interhouse sterns flyers.
From Ebay to Gumtree and Amazon there is a market for rave memorabilia with dedicated websites specializing and in buying and selling these now collectors items, some are sold for a much as £155. Take a trip down memory lane with us…. Here are some examples of the most expensive flyers that have been sold.
Helter Skelter Milwaukees Closure Rave Flyer. £50 on eBay.
Interdance Sterns Kings Lynn Rave Flyer Pre Flyer. £50. CARL COX
KARMA ENERGY Rave Flyer Flyers 1/7/89 A5 Rare Acid House. £50 on eBay. PAUL OAKENFOLD
Interdance Sterns 30 March Amended Rave Flyer 1990. £100 on eBay. Kevin Saunders
Shoom Opening Night Flyer The Park £97.00 07/02/13
World Dance Rare Illegal Acid House Rave Flyer 19/08/89. £45 on eBay.
Genesis Biology Together As One £95.00 06/07/14
Words by Tiffany Allen
- Published on Wednesday, 07 September 2016 11:01
As the fateful hour fell upon us at 2am today, Islington Council ruled to close the doors of fabric indefinitely. London’s iconic institution for London's electronic music had become a worldwide landmark within the clubbing landscape, an educational 'church' which music lovers have flocked to weekly for 17 years. Many of us stayed up into the early hours of the morning to hear the fateful decision, which has left us all feeling shocked and somewhat numb. In a climate of global change this decision has given a depressing nod towards what’s in store for the future of this generation. Lets cast our minds back to the morning we as a nation woke up to the devastating news that we had left the European Union. Similarly this will be a somewhat bitter pill to swallow (no pun intended)
By revoking the license of fabric it is the aim of both Islington Council and the Metropolitan Police to prevent any further drug related deaths, which for someone who has never set foot inside the venue may seem like a pretty good idea. However, we are not one of those people and we know that revoking a license from such a well-respected institution is in turn cutting off the power supply of London’s clubbing community.
By shutting venues down and killing off London’s nightlife you will not tackle drug deaths. The solution is not to place blame on venues by shutting them down and in turn using this a scapegoat for the problem. The solution is the educate people about drugs and provide drug testing facilities at venues to prevent any further fatalities. Why is it that more people die from alcohol yet it’s still legal and pubs never close? We could argue why police stations are still open in London considering,
‘Since Fabric opened in 1999 there have sadly been 6 accidental deaths. But, to put that into perspective during the same time period 108 people died while being held in custody by the Metropolitan Police.’
Today’s decision confirms that as a nation UK nightlife is under threat contributing to a 50% decrease in venues across the country. In closing the doors of fabric Islington Council and the Metropolitan Police are in hand pushing electronic music further underground to illegal venues where health and safety will be no where near as thorough as licensed venues such as fabric and others which have been forced to close before it. As a result of the the decision made today Alan Miller, Chair of the Nightlife Industries Association, has stated that the NIA will be starting a Fund for Fabric to fight back against the decision and in hopes of preventing the indefinite closure of the London nightclub. There is a call for the dance community to come together to raise the funds for this case to be taken to the high court. Time to fight back.
"However, documents obtained by The Independent via a Freedom of Information request show that Fabric’s closure was a long pre-planned event, orchestrated by a cash-strapped council, using the police as pawns. "
Read more by the Independent.co.uk
As we are well aware there is a much bigger motive in play here, ignoring almost 150 000 signatures and all the evidence, they still went ahead to revoke the license only for us then to discover the recent news of a £200m property development of the venue now it has been forced to shut its doors. It is clear that the cultural heritage that Fabric has created over the 17 years of opening has been disregarded, as have the livelihoods of its 250 employees.
We CAN and WILL change things if we unite for one common vision; music is what has brought many of us together let’s stand up and not let them stop the music. MEOKO would like to send all the love in the world and thoughts to the team at fabric, we are all standing right behind you in full support.
Over the last two months, we have waved goodbye to Shapes, Dance Tunnel, Passing Clouds and now our beloved fabric, who is next? Please join us in taking part in a peaceful demonstration to bring awareness for the dying nightlife that is being ripped away from us.
PROTEST TO SAVE LONDON'S NIGHTLIFE COMMUINITY
By Mahala Ashley
Read more about the close of fabric on MEOKO
- Published on Monday, 05 September 2016 14:10
An issue close to all of our hearts. We are sure that everyone reading this is fully aware of the current situation in our beloved London. It seems as if there are legions of people trying to suck the life out of our city, and now the time has come for us to have our say, stick together, and stand up for what we love.
Tomorrow Tuesday the 6th of September, a hearing will take place reviewing the license of the UK’s home of clubbing, fabric. Sadly within the last few months there has been two tragic deaths in relation to the club. On separate occasions two 18 year olds, either smuggled drugs in to the club, or purchased them inside, and passed away due to the effects. Shutting the club down is simply the easy option for weak and narrow minded people, and we must do what we can to ensure they can not take the easy option. It was inevitable there would be huge support for an institution of such high quality, with nearly 103,000 signatures on Wet Yourself resident Jacob Husley’s petition to save the club, and over 900 complaints (which will be used in the hearing) were filed to Islington Council despite the short deadline they gave. But it is not time to relax.
PLEASE SIGN THE PETITION AHEAD OF TOMROROWS LICENSE REVIEW
Anybody who has stepped inside that building will understand the true sense of unity and family, starting with the security on the door, all the way to the people collecting glasses on the dance floor. Everybody is happy. Over 250 people with permanent roles, rely on the club to pay their bills and put food on the table. Week in week out for years on end you are guaranteed to see the same staff, doing the same great job, making the people feel welcome. This year Fabric made global news with the fantastic story of the polish couple who spent the night at Wet Yourself (weekly Sunday party), you simply wouldn’t find this anywhere else amongst our nightlife, and proves the culture and variation of people the club attracts. People travel across the world for this club.
Earlier this week, witness statements were released from two police offers who were asked to take part in ‘Operation Lenor’, a covert visit to the club to see if they are complying within license regulations. For those that don’t know Lenor is a fabric softener. The name says it all, it’s embarrassing, and feels as if they are mocking the situation. Renowned for being one of the strictest clubs in the UK, having experienced this ourselves several times, we struggle to believe the statements of just two people should be able to have much of an effect on the verdict. The police and local council should be supporting the club in improving drug safety, not just brushing it under the carpet, and shutting the club down. The problem is much bigger than this, and for years Fabric have been setting the bar, in ensuring the safety of customers is number one priority. Adding to this Fabric director Cameron Leslie this week pledged to pursue a ‘Gold Standard’ in clubbers safety if allowed to continue past the 6th of September.
This year Sadiq Khan was announced as mayor of London, and he won many people’s hearts by speaking out and saying he will protect the nightlife in our city. However, in a reply to Jacob’s petition/letter it feels as if he is dismissing the real problems and issues with the club, and even quoted a diabolical article from the Islington gazette that used statements from a boy saying ’80 percent of clubgoers on a particular night appeared to be under the influence of drugs’ which Is a weak accusation. We believe the Mayor could dig a little deeper than an article for a local newspaper full of false statements. It feels as if the city is taking one step forward and two steps back. How can we lose such an integral part of our nightlife if we are working towards a 24 hour city? Our laws and regulations seem outdated compared to other countries, it is the 21st century, a time to think with an open mind. Countries such as Portugal, Austria & the Netherlands have all made drug testing available. People are always going to want to enjoy themselves so why can we not ensure they do it safely. If safe environments are taken from us, people will move on to illegal raves, and dangerous parties. In Jacob’s reply to Mr Khan he actually discusses this, and how UK festival Secret Garden Party worked with police and charity The Loop, in making testing available for festival goers. This speaks for itself:
“Around a quarter of people who brought in their drugs then asked us to dispose of them when they discovered that they had been mis-sold or duds. We were taking dangerous substances out of circulation”
Clippings from islingtontribune - Full article here
It feels as if local authorities, government, and land developers are doing anything they can to take the fun out of our city. Come on, how many luxury apartments do we need? And as for the government, does anybody remember when traces of cocaine were found in the toilets of the house of commons? Seems a bit unfair to take away our fun, whilst their clearly enjoying themselves. Last month the Hackney Gazette released an article regarding details of any clubbers that attended an event with more than 40 people at Studio Spaces had their details passed on to police unknowingly. This rule was brought in to halt the increase of spaces in Shoreditch selling alcohol, to us this is absurd, the area clearly thrives off that business, helping build a fantastic go-to area of London.
UK nightlife in the last ten years has taken a major hit, in 2005 there was 3144 clubs and we have lost nearly 50% as of last year reaching 1733. It seems as if every week there is negative news regarding our precious nightlife, most recently the devastating news of studio 338, and Shapes, Hackney Wick another key club in the city closing. Our country attracts an amazing array of artists, Dj’s and events, so let’s work together and create some positivity, and a path for safer partying.
JUST 24 HOURS LEFT TO SHOW YOUR SUPPORT FOR FABRIC - SIGN HERE
After many years of pressure from the local council and police, It seems as if they are against the club and not willing to work with them OR the community to improve the safety of the people. There are so many blurred lines amongst this investigation, and rumours circulating, we are not entirely sure what to believe anymore. Judging by some witness statements and articles being shared around some of it seems a bit far fetched and some what fabricated. Showing how far some people are willing to go to put an end to London nightlife. Pinning it on nightclubs is definitely not the answer. We are yet to see anything regarding the families of the two males, it would be interesting to see what they have to say regarding the lack of substance education, and whether they believe shutting down night life is the best option. A solid relationship, between authorities and night life businesses needs to be built as soon as possible to reduce the chance of more people being effected.
This is something we feel so passionately about and so should you. Night life has been an integral part of the UK for many generations to enjoy. Unique, iconic, and just a completely different level to anything else the UK offers, Fabric has continually brought in the best artists and live acts week in, week out. Whether it's a Friday with drum and bass you love, or a Saturday with house and techno till the early hours, if Fabric is shutdown there will be a huge chunk missing from the city. The people with the power may say we are ignorant, but we are simply just trying to make them see the situation in a different light, and how our city can evolve and not decline. If everybody gets involved and enough noise is made, they must listen to us. Save Fabric. Save our nightlife.
By Zac Bidwell