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Fabric Will Be Back!

So…in my last post, I talked about the saddening news that Fabric, a staple for UK dance music, was being closed down… But it was actually announced last month that the club will in fact re-ope, albeit under strict rules.

Firstly, I apologise that I haven’t posted in a while and this news was around last month… But I’ve been super busy moving into my new flat and my new town (Poundbury – about 40mins from my old place in Bournemouth). Special shoutout to my landscaper dorchester Coppard Developments for all their help with my new garden in my new place.

Anyway back to the great news about Fabric. Following a huge campaign to ‘save Fabric‘ and mounting public pressure, a court hearing saw Islington Council rightfully agree to give Fabric back it’s license, but under some strict new rules. These rules, detailed on a 155-page document, contained a total of 32 new conditions such as an over-19s door policy, lifetime bans for anyone caught asking for/selling drugs, ID scanners and improved CCTV scanning.

Flowers and note left on the entrance to Fabric following it's closure.
Flowers and note left on the entrance to Fabric following it’s closure.

This really shows the power of the people! The court appeal had 41 witness statements… but more powerful was the support found on social media from supporters (including 160,000+ petition signatures), support from international DJ’s and even from political figures such as Sadiq Khan and Emily Thornberry. A total of £320k was donated to the ‘Save Fabric’ campaign which just showed how much this club/movement meant to the youth in London and the rest of the country!

Well done to everyone who got involved with this campaign, how ever little or small, in the words of Fabric management: “You saved Fabric.”

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Fabric Nightclub Closed Down

Tuesday 7th September was a sad day for dance music fans in London, the UK and across the world. As you all know, after years of confrontation with the authorities and with the recent deaths on it’s premises due to drug overdoses, the world-famous Fabric nightclub was closed down by Islington Council.

Now being a dance music fanatic, that sentence was hard for me to type…and the news hard for me to accept. In a recent post of mine, I mentioned how Fabric was a night out anyone who loves dance music, especially of the underground flavour, must experience. If dance music was a religion, then Fabric was it’s followers Mecca. It’s sacred ground, unlike no other, where emphasis was purely on the sound rather than anything else which most if not all other clubs concentrate upon.

Fabric was built around the sound  system, literally. It has huge subwoofers in the dance floors which are so powerful that it feels like London is experiencing it’s first earthquake. This is what made it not only a Mecca for dance music fans, but also for it’s top DJ’s. Carl Cox, Skream, DJ Hazard… all have had such a love affair with the club over it’s years.

But alas… Fabric is no more. The local council and the police deemed it necessary to shut it down. On the surface the reason directly relates to the history of deaths of the club’s patrons…however, on deeper inspection this doesn’t seem to hold true. Now i’m not here to delve into this, but simply to pay my respects. But if you haven’t heard about the conspiracies behind this closure and ‘Project Lenor’, then i urge you to read this article from The Independent.

Now this isn’t the first time dance music and youth culture has clashed with the authorities, and it will certainly not be the last, but when will the governments both local and national realise that this kind of action will only have negative repercussions. Firstly, taking away this popular destination from the youth will only serve to make them feel even more disillusioned than they already are. For many Fabric and dance music as a whole is an escape. An escape from every day life which for some is a happy one, but for others it is not so, and for one night a week or a month or even a year, this person got to go to a place and experience something they arguably couldn’t experience anywhere else.

I myself am happy with my life, I have a great set of friends and family, I have a comfortable standard of living and I work hard for a top Bournemouth roofing company, as I mentioned on my about me page. But what Fabric and places like it offered me was a way to reward myself for said hard work. I could make the trip to London with pals and be in a place where I could listen to my favourite DJ’s like I had never listened to them before. This is what made Fabric great. Due to the environment and the sound acoustics, seeing and hearing your favourite DJ’s there simply could not be topped!

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End of the Summer Festival Season…What To Do Now?

This weekend thousands of revellers have made the journey to the Isle of White by bus, car, train and of course ferry. This is because Rob Da Bank throws what is widely regarded by many ravers as one of the best festivals in the UK…aptly named Bestival. This also bookmarks the end of the festival season, leaving many scratching their head wondering what to do now?

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Invaderz Festival, Belgium

So as you can see the domain for this blog is Invaderz… now this isn’t a nod to the classic 80’s game space invaders (although this was a particular favourite of mine in my childhood), this is in fact inspired by one of my favourite dnb festivals in the world: Invaderz Festival.

Invaderz festival takes place in Gent, Belgium on November 10th and I will be making the trip over there for my 3rd time! I did tell you I was quite the fan! I first visited the festival back in 2013 when I was doing some inter-railing in Europe. Myself and a few friends met a group of awesome Belgians in our hostel in Amsterdam and after we started talking, despite our difference in nationality and language, we found common ground in our love for Drum and Bass! Yes, music really does bring people together! Our newly acquainted Belgian friends told us about Invaderz Festival and how they were planning on going there the next week, and if we didn’t have any plans that we should join them…so of course we couldn’t turn them down! We followed them to the one-day DnB extravaganza and we haven’t looked back since. In fact we met up with them again at the festival last year and are planning to do the same this time too! We like to make a trip of it each time, visiting other Belgian and European cities whilst we’re over there…something I would definitely recommend.

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