Hold Off On Cancelling 2017: Fabric Nightclub Is Reopening

A court ruled in favour of strict new conditions

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Islington council revoking Fabric nightclub's license felt like the straw that broke 2016's back (until Trump and all that other stuff happened...), and despite 160,000 people signing a petition in support of the club staying open, three councillors voted in favour of closing the club at Islington town hall in September.

But soon after the ruling, a fundraising website created to subsidise the club's legal fees gained traction and raised over £300,000. The court appeal was set for 28 November, but today it was announced the club and Islington council had reached a positive agreement.

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Islington council said it would accept 32 conditions put forward by Fabric's owners that would protect the safety of customers and prevent drug abuse.

The new rules are part of a 155-page document and includes banning entry to anyone under 19 on main nights, more stringent CCTV monitoring, ID scanners and a lifetime ban on anyone caught dealing, in possession or trying to buy drugs.

The club will have to operate "gold standard" practice and Highbury magistrates court ordered Fabric will have to pay Islington council's legal costs, but this won't come from the £320,000- worth of donations.

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Islington police Superintendent Nick Davies commented on behalf of Metropolitan Police: "I fully welcome Fabric's offer to have additional conditions placed on their license to address these issues and their new zero tolerance approach to drugs."

"Police will continue to robustly enforce the licensing objectives of preventing crime and disorder and maintaining public safety. We will be monitoring the ongoing conduct of Fabric and the activities that take place within it. If there are further breaches of the license, Fabric should be in no doubt that they will be challenged by Islington police and action taken."

Read Fabric's full statement below:

Now we've just got to work on getting rid of Trump and resurrecting Prince and we're back on track.