Industry reacts to Fabric closure

Event has spoken to a number of readers regarding this week's closure of Fabric, one of Britain's best known nightclubs, to assess the impact on the wider events industry.

Fabric nightclub: closed down
Fabric nightclub: closed down

The venue, which opened in 1999, had its licence revoked earlier this week by Islington Council, in the wake of the deaths of two clubbers over the summer. Yesterday (8 September), the venue confirmed that it had decided to appeal against the council's decision. 

Hugh Robertston, founding partner and CEO at agency RPM said the closure marked a very sad time for London, the live music industry and the wider events industry. "It's not only about the loss of such an iconic venue, but also about significant job losses and lost revenue for the local community, as Fabric joins the ever growing list of lost venues to the wider events industry in London. The impact on electronic dance music will be significant but we are a resilient bunch and we will move on."

Willam Mould, managing director at XYZ brand experience, also expressed concerns about the loss of jobs. "I’m pretty despondent about what has happened at Fabric. From an event organiser’s perspective, it’s another great option lost off the list of venues for parties. However there are plenty of other venues so I don’t think it will have a huge effect on the corporate party scene, others will step up to the plate. The saddest thing is those that will lose their jobs, some 250 people, through no fault of their own."

The British Fashion Council's outgoing head of events Josef Jammerbund expressed concerns about the impact of the loss of 'one of the most established and well-run nightspots in London.'

"There will be a generation of young people who love clubbing who will need to find an alternative - people will see it as the death of the nightclub culture," he said. 

Alison Williams, L'Oreal UK's head of events said that while the closure 'was ultimately a shame' she believes that other venues and other nightclubs will come through as a result.  "It's an opportunity for new growth and the chance to create a new space," she said. 

Fabric was put into administration in 2010 but was rescued after a consortium of private investors bought the venue.

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