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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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
Words by Andy Napleton
Antwerp is a major city for drum & bass, being home to the world’s biggest indoor drum & bass and dubstep event, Rampage. Since 2011, the Hospital team have joined the city-of-bass tearing up Antwerp with our world-class line-ups. On the 17th December we will be returning to the Belgian city with London Elektricity, Maduk, Metrik, Krakota, Hugh Hardie, Ownglow, Carasel, Mota and the mighty founder of Rampage himself, Murdock!
The Belgian home of our Hospitality events is Trix, one of the largest clubs in Antwerp with a total of 3 rooms, holding 1,700 people. Trix predominantly caters to alternative music, so here you will find metal bands, psychedelic rock, indie and punk to name a few. Then every now and again Hospitality take over the venue for a night of drum & bass and liquid tunes.
One of the most pinnacle venues in Antwerp is Sportpaleis, the huge stadium that hosts the infamous Rampage that attracts 15,000 global D+B and dubstep followers to Belgium throughout the year. It was built in the early 1930s and, at the time, was the biggest indoor area in Europe. Today it is one of the most visited arenas in the world. Although it is initially a 23,000 capacity venue, the modesty of Murdock retains it at 15,000 so there’s room for that much needed chill out zone we all love to retreat to at some point during a big drum & bass night. Sportpaleis is primarily used for pop stars like Justin Bieber and Beyonce, but the world awaits for Saturday 18th February when Murdock puts another Rampage rave into action.
A venue that has grown rapidly as an important place for electronic music is Ampere. This 1000 capacity club has been open for just a year, but has already hosted legends City Flow Music, Alix Perez, Cocoon and a night with Jeff Mills and many more major names. Amphere is a venue that centres itself around culture and creativity, with a stylish, modern and spacious interior perfect for big electronic events. It’s promoted towards a younger generation, hailing up and coming artists from the scene alongside big names with a dedicated following.
One of Antwerp’s newest venues in the electronic scene is Klub Goud, located on the 21st floor of the A-Tower. The A-Tower is the third tallest tower in the city offering a skyline view of the whole city. Klub Goud focuses mainly on house and techno, showcasing each night through a blasting sound system. Alongside it’s stunning city views, it is unrivalled by any other urban cosmopolitan club in Antwerp.
To fill up these clubs with world-class music are multiple D+B promoters. Stealth Bombers started in 2005 and is one of the longest running drum and bass events in Belgium. With some of the biggest names such as Friction and Sigma shining on their lineup they are still one of the leading promoters in Antwerp. Rampage has grown into one of the biggest drum & bass events in the world, selling tickets in over 35 different countries. Murdock has cultivated an amazing following over the last two decades, going from DJing in squats and unconfirmed events to selling out the huge Sportpaleis arena. Since Rampage, many other drum & bass promoters have been popping up in the city, including City Flow Music, which began 6 years ago. Their most recent birthday celebrations brought a massive line-up with the likes of Goldie, Ivy Lab, Technimatic, Benny Page and many more taking to the decks. City Flow Music encompasses a myriad of D+B styles, including Jump-Up, Breakcore, Jungle and Neurofunk. Few promoters provide such an eclectic range of styles, so City Flow Music can entice the ears of anyone.
Another essential event in Antwerp is Skank n Bass (not to be confused with our good friend’s Skankandbass’ YouTube channel), one of Belgium’s leading jump-up connoisseurs, although they don’t shy themselves away from a bit of dance floor tunes every now and again with artists such as DC Breaks, Dimension and Enei. Skank n Bass launched in 2013 and hold most of their events at Petrol and Factor, two clubs in Antwerp that cater for a variety of musical styles and genres. They also have an indoor Skank n Bass Festival that has welcomed the likes of Annix, Logan D, Total Recall and Guv to name a few.
The levels the promoters reach in Antwerp is truly astounding, with unparalleled production and an amazing crowd, it’s easy to understand why the scene flourishes so much in this continental capital. However with no artists, there would be no music, and Belgium has nurtured a number of prolific D&B producers across the years. Beginning in Antwerp we have the current king of Belgian D&B: Murdock. A resident on Belgian national radio with the only weekly D&B slot, this man is at the forefront of the industry within Belgium and his tunes have been released by legendary imprints such as V Recordings and C.I.A.
If we look beyond the capital, there is a name that needs no introduction, a true D&B/Hospital legend: Netsky. One of the biggest names in international D&B, Netsky’s trademark sound broke international barriers and truly launched D&B into previously unheard realms, and will be, forever, a hero in our book. Alongside these two sterling artists we also have Axi; an amazing producer with hosts of releases under his belt on Corinthian, Mindtech and Fallout, this Belgian beast has produced (and I’d challenge anyone who disagrees) one of the D&B great’s of the last decade: Receptor. Released in 2005, this angelic power roller both decimates dances and enlightens audiences across the globe.
The electronic scene in Antwerp is thriving and prosperous, with a die-hard and dedicated set of promoters each doing their respective thing (and doing it well). There will always be somewhere to get down and boogie in the Flemish gem that is this fine city. The rich array of clubs, promoters and artists alike lead to Antwerp being a melting pot of music and culture, one that has amalgamated to provide the perfect habitat to nurture the amazing talent that has been discussed in this piece. Antwerp, we love you.
Words by Philippa Ghosh & Ed Priest