Disclosure, Jessie Ware, and More British Artists Mourn Loss of Iconic London Nightclub Fabric

R.I.P. fabric. Photo: Getty Images

A controversial ruling Tuesday ended an era in British nightlife with the decision to close London's Fabric nightclub. The venue, which remained a staple of British clubbing and live music for nearly 20 years, had its license revoked following two recent drug-related fatalities at the club and a pervasive "culture of drugs." While Fabric's owners might appeal the decision, it's largely being viewed as the latest death knell in London's declining nightlife scene. Following the news, several of Britain's biggest artists indebted to the club circuit — including Disclosure, Hudson Mohawke, and Katy B — have shared their thoughts on the vote, with many sharply criticizing the closing and all mourning the loss of a cultural institution.

London's mayor Sadiq Khan (who can't overturn a licensing vote) also released a statement expressing his disappointment that the voting council couldn't find a compromise to prevent drug deaths while also keeping Fabric's doors open: "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." Fabric's owners have called the decision a "troubling precedent for the future of London's night time economy."