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Sadiq Khan responds to calls to save Fabric

With club indefinitely closed following recent drug-related deaths, the London mayor has said he hopes for a solution that protects clubbers and the venue’s future

Mayor of London Sadiq Khan has urged the Metropolitan Police and Islington Council to preserve the future of superclub Fabric, which has closed indefinitely following the recent drug-related deaths of two 18-year-old clubbers.

Many DJs from across the house, techno, and grime scenes took to Twitter yesterday encouraging Khan to act. Responding to a tweet from UK producer/DJ Artwork, Khan said that he hopes that a solution that protects both “clubbers’ safety” and “the future of the club” could be found.

Fabric initially closed its doors for a weekend to help with the police investigation into the deaths, but announced shortly afterwards that it would remain closed while Islington Council reviewed its license.

Khan was elected as mayor earlier this year. During the campaign, he vowed to protect London’s nightlife and appoint a ‘Night Czar’. “I don’t want young and creative Londoners abandoning our city to head to Amsterdam, to Berlin, to Prague where clubs are supported and allowed to flourish,” he said to Dazed, “We can save London’s iconic club scene, which draws thousands of visitors to the capital, generates jobs and helps ensure our city remains prosperous, vibrant and dynamic.”

Read our article on why closing Fabric won’t stop drug deaths.