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Fabric makes redundancies, as club remains closed

By | Published on Thursday 20 October 2016


Fabric has been forced to make the bulk of its staff redundant, as the venue continues to await a court date to try and overturn Islington Council’s decision to revoke the London club’s licence.

In his latest update on how donations to the venue’s legal fund are being used, Managing Director Gary Kilby wrote: “It has been a very sad two weeks where we have unfortunately had to allow most of our staff to take redundancy and revert to a small manageable team”.

As previously reported, Fabric was closed at the beginning of August pending a licence review, in the wake of two recent drug-related deaths at or near the venue. Despite strong arguments in the club’s favour, Islington Council decided to revoke Fabric’s licence a month later.

Vowing to fight that ruling, Fabric launched a fund to collect donations towards what are likely to be hefty legal fees – raising over £250,000 in two weeks. An appeal hearing is now scheduled at Highbury Magistrates Court on 28 Nov.

The total amount donated to the campaign has now reached almost £300,000, with Kilby explaining that “our outgoings in the past two weeks have been confined to achieving Quality Management System accreditation and that forms a crucial part of our goal to re-open”.