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London’s Fabric to close this weekend following deaths

Operations have been suspended at the club after two teenagers died in the last nine weeks, the first incidents in two years

London superclub Fabric will be closed this weekend following the recent deaths of two teenagers from drug overdoses.

Two 18-year-old men passed away in the last nine weeks, and a further investigation by police and the club is underway. The most recent happened on Saturday (6 August), when the young man collapsed outside the Farringdon club at 8.20am, reports the Islington Gazette. He was pronounced dead at 9am. It’s been two years since a similar incident at the venue, a mainstay for the capital’s house and techno scene that’s been open since 1999. 

A statement on their website today (11 August) read: “For the past two years Fabric has operated without incident but tragically in the past nine weeks two 18-year-old boys have died as a consequence of drug overdoses.

“In order to understand how this has happened we have agreed with the police and other agencies to suspend our operation whilst we investigate. The club will therefore be closed this weekend.

“We will make a further statement next week but in the meantime for anyone who has purchased a ticket for the club this weekend, we have instructed Resident Advisor to refund all ticket purchases.”

Back in 2014, the club was threatened with closure, and a police review was instigated into the 2,500 capacity club after four drug-related deaths across three years. Islington Council made the club trial extra security measures at the time, including ID scanning, a team of sniffer dogs and increased CCTV. After a year, the venue won an appeal against implementing the drug-checking dogs.

Dazed reached out for further comment but Fabric declined to do so.