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HITD After Party at Fabric 14.04.17: They Closed It, you Saved It. Hospitality Returns!

Where to even begin?

You don’t need us to tell you what Fabric is or how much we love the place, but maybe the reasons why we love it deserve a bit more of an explanation.

It would be easy to simply say it is the best club in London (or even the world) without needing an explanation, however the beauty of Fabric is that it has not felt the pressure to change from its jungle roots since it opened almost 18 years ago. Looking for a night of raucous raving? Fabric. Interested in what new artists are coming through the scene? Fabric! Over its three rooms you can find a different and unique vibe in each one, every week. Adapting to a constantly changing genre can be disorientating for some venues, but not for Fabric. New artists with new sounds are forever being birthed and given their rite of passage to packed out rooms of all ages making it an experience that is unlikely to be forgotten.

Goldie on stage at fabric

When jungle first spilled onto the streets of London in the early 90’s, electronic bass music took a sharp turn from the mainstream and enticing a new breed of DJ. Artists such as Dillinja and Lemon D arrived on the scene to give pop culture a punch in the chest, with massive drops and pulverising bass that had until that point not been utilised by popular music. Venues such as Paradise in Islington became a hot spot for the post-hardcore crowd who wanted to experience something closer to the fringes of current trends. More venues across London began to pop up and introduce dedicated nights, such as Rage nights hosted every Thursday at Heaven in Charing Cross and Thunder & Joy at the Astoria. The scene was taking off and drawing crowds from the Acid House movement it began it’s dominance of nightclubs through the decade.

 

 

Now it wasn’t until ’99 that our favourite club opened its doors in a quiet road in Farringdon, with Craig Richards and Terry Francis as their resident DJ’s. It had opened at the same time as another club called Home which, at the time, had enlisted Paul Oakenfold and Danny Rampling to play regular sets. As Fabric themselves have written ‘while Home took out full-page ads in glossy magazines, Fabric’s marketing was resolutely understated’, and this idea of going against the grain has stayed consistent with Fabric to this day. Clubs that opened at the same time have all now shut their doors, but Fabric remains as a focal point for electronic music lovers. What set Fabric apart from mainstream dance clubs was the distinct lack of glitz and glamour, no dress code, no dressing to impress. It was focussed on the experience of losing yourself in a crowd of like-minded music lovers, dazzled by the epic light shows that were displayed in each room with a constant stream of breakthrough electronic acts. The ‘marketing strategy’ was literally down to flyering and the occasional poster you would see around the capital with the slightly mysterious, although now synonymous, cut out club logo which would seek to intrigue punters to find out more. Before long it was the destination for bass nights with every weekend more epic than the last.

 

381917_310531198984902_340248704_nFred V & Grafix at Fabric

 

Now we at Hospitality have a particularly close relationship with the guys and girls at fabric and many a-story to tell. After our last show in 2012 which was an absolute riot with a very young Fred V & Grafix as well as S.P.Y and Camo & Krooked, we couldn’t wait to come back. However it seemed that the chance of playing at Fabric again had been taken away from us. In our complacency to book the club again we didn’t realise that their was an impending inquiry that would threaten Fabric’s very existence. It was with with a massive shock we learned that Fabric would close its doors for the final time in September 2016 due to Islington council revoking its licence. The decision was backed by the Met police as, according to both authorities, the club had been the cause of two drug related deaths of two 18 year old patrons. Whilst the news of the two young men who had lost their lives was devastating to hear, the decision had been made that fabric was responsible and the public outcry was immense. Within hours of their licence being revoked the organisers at fabric being work on a campaign to bring the club back, requesting help from punters, organisers and artists to rally together to #savefabric.

 

Save-Fabric-protestCrowds gathered outside fabric after the announcement

Within hours the entire world was set ablaze with passionate posts across social media, DJ’s pledging their support and beseeching their fans to do the same. DJ Goldie said to Channel 4 News ‘when you look at all the clubs that have closed down over the years, Fabric is the Goliath’. He went on to passionately describe just some of the epic nights that he’s had there as well as ‘feeling sorry for the kids of tomorrow’ as they would be unable to experience and learn from what Fabric has to offer. The petition that was started gained over 150,000 signatures in a matter of days urging the council to repeal their decision with both #savefabric and #saveourculture trending on Twitter for weeks. The first appeal was dismissed at a council meeting despite dozens of protestors being in attendance, including the Hospitality crew. The point that was trying to be made was fabric is not just a club, or just a place to go and jump around a bit, fabric is a staple for music in London and has spurred on young musicians for almost 20 years. It mustn’t close, it cannot, for the British music institution would struggle to recover. The pressure on Islington council was steadily ramping up to a fever pitch, even London Mayor Sadiq Khan took to the media to express his opinion: ‘As a result of this decision, thousands of people who enjoyed ‎going to Fabric as an essential part of London’s nightlife will lose out.’ Well said Mr Mayor, we couldn’t agree more. It was now the combination of the worldwide support, plus our Mayor being behind us that we, the public, had a legitimate voice in this fight and on December 2nd fabric officially announced they would be reopening in the new year.

FbricFabric’s reopening party

If you haven’t already guessed by now, we’re rather fond of this place. The chance to play in its hallowed rooms again for our official Hospitality in the Dock Afterparty on April 14th is a dream come true, especially since we thought this moment would never happen again. You might have heard before that you only miss something when it’s gone and while it’s cliché there is a certain truth to it. Fabric was on the edge of extinction but you saved it, making it one for the history books. Our opportunity to bring Hospitality back to Fabric is something we’re incredibly excited about, with another huge lineup and a big dose of nostalgia, make sure you’re there to witness Hospitality’s resurgence with the one and only fabric.

See you April 14th!

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Words by Andy Napleton

Posted 3rd March 2017 in Blog, Features

Hospitality Building Six: More than Matter

For those of you that have experienced the immensity of Building Six before, you’ll know its not just another London venue. September 2008 saw Matter open its doors but little did we know just how many incredible memories were to be made within its four walls. Whether you’ve joined us for one of our previous Hospitality shows or stumbled upon it after one too many at the Indigo, it is without doubt one of the most idyllic venues for D+B; with a 3,000 capacity and a sound system that will blow your newly purchased Hospital socks off.

 

Photography by Andrew Attah

 

At the forefront was Keith Reilly and Cameron Leslie – the masterminds behind the equally seminal London venue, Fabric. Fully embracing the challenge, they gave us all more than enough reason to venture to zone 2. With the new superclub dominating two floors, a balcony overlooking it’s epic stage and taking it just one step further from Fabric’s bodysonic soundsystem, a body-kinetic dancefloor, feel the bass indeed.

It was in May 2010 that our last Hospitality at Matter took place and for four long years Hospitality ventured to other London venues, but it was only right that we kickstarted our coming of age at one of our most memorable locations – the newly reformed Building Six. In February we made our return and what a night it was. Check out our Building Six playlist for five full sets from High Contrast, Etherwood, Fred V & Grafix, Reso and S.P.Y.

 

 

We begin our 19th chapter on Friday 6th of February with a huge line up across two rooms. A full house with many members of the Hospital family including head honcho London Elekricity, Metrik, Danny Byrd, S.P.Y and more.  The stakes are set equally as high in room two with Icicle, Emperor, Fracture, Blu Mar Ten, Whiney, Kimyan Law and LSB.

Not a night to take lightly and guaranteed to send you home wanting more – so don’t miss out and grab the last of our bundle tickets for the 6th February and 1st May.

 

Event Link HERE // Ticket Link HERE

 

Posted 6th January 2015 in Blog, Features

Review: Hospitality @ Fabric – 06.01.12

King Tubby original dub-plates being spun in the bowels of Buck House, grouse shooting with a Burning Spear backing track and Balmoral dinner-parties echoing with the sounds of Damian Marley. Clearly Queen Liz has finally caught onto what the rest of us have known about for years, and made David Rodigan a Member of the British Empire. Awarded the honour in the new year’s honours list, the man who could quite honestly describe the great Bob Marley as a personal friend took to the stage at London’s Fabric a week into 2012 to celebrate his long overdue public recognition.

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Posted 23rd January 2012 in Blog, Reviews

Catching Up With Mr Bailey

The first month of 2012 will see Bailey link up with the Hospital Records family not once, but twice. On the 6th January, Bailey is set to join the Med School crew at Hospitality @ Fabric; followed by a Hospital Records invasion of BBC studios on Wednesday 26th January to takeover Bailey’s 1Xtra DNB show. A true champion of the scene, Bailey has held a Metalheadz residency for over 15 years, whilst the past decade has seen him host an award-winning weekly DNB radio show on BBC Radio 1Xtra. It’s fair to say he can be marked as one of the most influential tastemakers within the genre. We caught up with the king selector himself for a chat…

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Posted 3rd January 2012 in Blog, Interviews

1000 Tickets For Hospitality @ Fabric On Door!

If you didn’t manage to get a ticket to Hospitality @ Fabric on Friday 6th January then you’re in luck…

There will be 1000 tickets available on the door on the night. Make sure you  get down super early in order to get one to avoid disappointment!

Don’t say we didn’t warn you 😉

Posted 20th December 2011 in Blog, Features

MED SCHOOL @ FABRIC’S 12TH BIRTHDAY