The closure of Fabric has dominated the news, music press and sparked household conversations, arguably focusing on the negative aspects of UK clubbing; not forgetting the sad conclusion of London’s biggest and best superclub.
It’s easy to focus on disbelief and controversy, this article will do no such thing. Instead, it highlights Fabrics finest, most beautiful moments and manoeuvers, namely:
Dance music: Fabric catered to the facets of dance music. Friday nights offered, hip hop, breakbeat, dubstep, drum and bass and electro. Saturdays served the most organic house and techno sounds. Sundays, promoted by Wetyourself played house and techno. How many clubs these days cater to such diverse sounds?
Fabric records: circa 2001 monthly Fabric and Fabriclive compilations were considered forerunners of the latest, biggest and best underground artists / sounds. Expertly selected, diverse and dynamic. These records are slick, bold platforms; the label is also managed by the prestigious venue. Curated by the best in the business, acts included Groove Armada, Jamie Jones, Eats Everything and more.
DJs: Fabric was a serious club about serious music. Booking superstar, commercial DJs did not happen. Engaging, forthcoming DJs who were on the cusp of cracking the underground were booked to play with the kings and queens of the underground. Fabric also helped blossom careers such as, Craig Richards, B Traits and Terry Francis.
WetYourSelf: good music presented unpretentiously. A weekly Sunday night residency at Fabric, again a platform for underground acts. One of WYS best moments was when an elderly couple visited from Poland. Rather than be left to their own accord, the WYS crew danced with the couple till 5am, they were given free drinks and a free taxi home.
Diversity: the dance floor was diverse, people traveled from all over the world. Inclusive acceptance and diversity were paramount. No room for attitudes or ostentatious behavior. Fabric had a unique vibe, even for a Superclub. It offered a haven for like-minded people, passionate about music and dancing. A variety of people could dance / release their working week demons.
Tourist Destination: Amsterdam has Air, Berlin has Berghain, Paris has Concrete, Ibiza has DC10, London had Fabric. Simple.
The Sound System: reportedly had the first ever vibrating dance floor. Created by Dave Parry whose ambition is solely to create a sublime clubbing experience. That he did with Fabric, respected and appreciated by all who visited. Big. Bold. Beautiful.
Fabrics Birthday: maybe one of the most devastating outcomes of the closure, NO MORE FABRIC birthdays! Clubbers danced Saturday through to Monday, music provided by Fabrics favorites, mega lineups. Clubbers could come and leave as they pleased. Those who left had good reasons (disco washes I believe), those who stayed lost themselves within the space, completing a mega dance marathon.
The Fans: flowers have been left outside the club – an expression of love and respect. Fabric was / is loved and respected. Fans really did travel across the world to experience the experience.
The legend lives on: there’s still hope yet of the Phoenix rising from the ashes. Fabric has raised over £200,000 to help fight the appeal. Much like the Hacienda, Fabric will live on. It is too big, too cool, and too respected to fade away.
In the words of The Black Madonna: “respect. Love. And solidarity with all who made Fabric the legend that it always be”. (Source, Twitter).
Fabric, a serious club about serious music.
Written by Kyle Jones.